- The list below includes 93 free or cheap things to do in or near Gardiner, Maine, including 77 different types of inexpensive activities like Piers & Boardwalks, Scenic Railroads, History Museums and Movie Theaters.
- From Gardiner Waterfront to Kennebec River Rail Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Gardiner and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Brunswick, Augusta, Bath and Damariscotta.
As the studio of a local watercolor artist, Jan Kilburn Watercolors offers watercolor classes to visitors wishing to learn her painting style. Most of her artwork is ocean themed, with subjects such as lighthouses, ports, and sailboats.
Specialized in catching Maine Striped Bass, Great Gadzooks Tidewatwer Fishing takes visitors on a fishing excursions for half day and full day trips. Visitors can expect to see a variety of birds like eagles and gulls.
Oven's Mouth Preserve is located on two peninsulas located adjacent to each other. Visitors to the site find hiking trails from which eagles, osprey, otters and deer are often spotted, an old homestead that can be explored, and a beach.
A charter fishing service, Deborah Ann Fishing offers fishing trips aboard a large, comfortable Gulf Stream boat. The service will embark from a variety of docks, and fish for tuna, shark, cod, haddock, and others.
Seaspray Kayaking Rentals & Tours has multiple locations around mid-coastal Maine. All offer kayak and related equipment rentals, as well as either self- or professionally-guided kayaking tours. Visitors will see wildlife and scenic coastal views.