- The list below includes 80 free or cheap things to do in or near Southwest Harbor, Maine, including 56 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Specialty Museums, Gardens and Food Shops.
- From Beech Cliff Loop to Perpendicular Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Southwest Harbor and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bar Harbor, Deer Isle, Ellsworth and Castine.
Blackbeard's Family Fun Park is an amusement facility with a variety of features, including mini golf, batting cages, go karts, and an arcade. They are available for birthday parties, and offer weekly specials.
A small park area, Fairmount Park features grassy fields and trees along with a half basketball court. The park provides a children's play structure, swings, picnic tables, benches and a paved path along the park's perimeter.
Dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts pertaining to aviation history, the Maine Aviation Historical Society maintains and runs the Maine Air Museum. The museum is open seasonally, and features artifacts pertaining to everything from balloon flight to space travel.
A ten-screen movie theater, Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 displays first-run feature films using digital surround sound and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, birthday party hosting and a concession area with food and drinks.
Dedicating the preserving the region's aviation history, Maine Air Museum features exhibits with aviation memorabilia and artifacts. The museum depicts the history of plane crashes in the region and the story of the White Bird disappearance.
Located along Essex Woods, Bangor Dog Park features fenced grassy areas for canine recreation and exercise. The park provides a double-gated entrance, benches, access to water and a separate area for smaller dogs.