- The list below includes 41 free or cheap things to do in or near Augusta, Maine, including 68 different types of inexpensive activities like Architectural Buildings, Disc Golf, Bowling and Movie Theaters.
- From Pine Tree State Arboretum to Capitol Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Augusta and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Damariscotta, Waterville, Wiscasset and Gardiner.
The Viles Arboretum, formerly the Pine Tree State Arboretum, features a conifer collection, a lilac collection, a native plant garden, a rock garden, Urban & Community Forestry Collection containing 36 species of trees especially chosen for their ability to do well in an urban environment, along with many other…
Built in 1832 from granite, the State Capitol was destroyed by fire in 1866. After it was rebuilt, it became the house of several museum collections, including a copy of the state Constitution and some pieces of currency from those days.
Old Fort Western was built in 1754, and is the oldest surviving wooden fort in America. Visitors can also see the James Howard that was inhabited by 1770, and the general store stocked with supplies sold by Howard to other settlers.
The Governor Hill Mansion serves as a special events venue. The mansion contains four areas that can be rented: the Receiving room hosting up to 10 people, the Gold room hosting up to 15 people, the Parlor hosting up to 54 people, and Columbus Hall hosting up to 250 people.
Charles Bulfinch, who also designed the U.S. Capitol, designed the Maine State House that opened in January 1832. Today, visitors can tour the state house and see historical portraits, a rotating display of modern artist, and special activities in the Hall of Flags.
The Marine State History Museum has over 500,000 artifacts in the history collection including the United States only viewable collection of Civil War Flags. Elsewhere in the museum, visitors can also see Maine's largest archaeological collection and natural history specimens dating back to 1830.
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At the Children's Discovery Museum, children can pretend they work in a restaurant, grocery store, construction, or bank. Children can also put on a puppet show, touch the marine life in the touch-tank, make music, create art, and climb into a tree house.
Local geological history of Maine is put on display at Sonny's Museum which features exhibits of prominent rock and gemstone specimens. There is even an extensive retail store where guests can purchase stones, fossils, and even semi-precious gemstone jewelry.