- 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.
Landscaped with shrubs and fountains, Golfer's Crossing Mini Golf offers a challenging miniature golf course for children. The course is outdoors and features several obstacles like water and elevation challenges.
The Rockport Marine Park is situated directly on the harbor waterfront. Guests are able to enjoy activities like canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, hiking, picnicking, walking paths, and general lounging on the beach.
Breakwater & Marie Reed Park is a park featuring a mile long jetty (built to form a breakwater to protect the Rockland harbor from the sea.) Visitors to the park can walk across the jetty to a historic lighthouse.
Bald Mountain, part of the Maine Birding Trail, has two paths to the summit where hikers often see spruce grouse, gray jay, boreal chickadees, and blackpoll warblers. From the summit, hikers can see Rangeley Lake, Cupsuptic Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Saddleback Mountain, Elephant Mountain, and Mount Washingt…
It took over 18 years in the late 1800s and 700,000 tons of granite to create the breakwater now known as Rockland Breakwater Light. The original light was placed there in 1902, and visitors can go on volunteer docent led tours.