- 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.
Deer Isle Village is a place where visitors can have a glimpse of the 1950's rural lifestyle within its small local community. The village also includes the famous Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an opera house and a number of art galleries and studios.
Deer Isle Granite Museum was founded in 1996 to capture and preserve the history of Deer Isle's quarrying industry. The museum features a working model of a granite quarry with moving cars, trains, and boats.
Hosting a variety of activities at its facility, Island Community Center is a place where the locals congregate for arts and crafts, sports, and fundraisers. The center hosts a farmer's market where visitors can purchase organic foods from local farmers.
Downeast Scenic Railroad shows mostly scenic images of the forest during the trip. While on board, some history of the attraction is given along the way through a recording. Some train enthusiasts have found this well worth their time.
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Established in 1959, the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society has a mission to preserve, catalog, and enhance awareness of local history and culture. The society maintains a variety of exhibits and galleries.