Portland and Bar Harbor might be the top destinations in Maine, but Lewiston- the second largest city in the state- is home to a variety of fun adventures. In this post, you will find a quick guide of hidden gems: places to see, things to do, and restaurants to dine at. 


Hot Air Balloon Festival over the river at Lewiston, Maine

Venture outdoors and get to know some flora and fauna in the Lewiston area over at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary. It’s a 450-acre wildlife preserve which has been actively engaged in conservation work over the last 80 years. You can bird watch, hike, picnic, ski, and sled. If you have a bike, there are some excellent paths at the Auburn Riverwalk.  The Riverwalk trail takes visitors alongside the Androscoggin River and provides incredible views of the downtown twin cities area, gardens, and outdoor art. The Lewiston side of the trail ends by Lewiston’s Railroad Park– another popular park in the vicinity. Railroad Park is where the Great Falls Balloon Festival takes place in mid-August each year. It’s a hot air balloon festival in between Lewiston and Auburn that has been going on since 1993.


Add a little culture and education to your trip by stopping by some museums. Learn about the city’s textile, shoe and brick-making history over at Museum L-A. Immerse yourself in modern and contemporary art at Bates College Museum of Art Get a more in-depth look of Lewiston at the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History. The building has been around since 1884 and is on the list of National Register of Historic Places. They likely have a few interesting stories to tell.

Eat & Drink

For breakfast, try something freshly baked at Forage Market. Take your pick from an assortment of plain and chocolate croissants, almond bear claws, blueberry and raspberry muffins, danishes, turnovers, cinnamon rolls and more. For lunch try a sandwich on a house-made bagel or panini. If you’re in the mood for pizza, you will undoubtedly want to grab a slice (or pie!) from Lewiston House of Pizza. They’ve been consistently voted as having the “Best pizza in Lewiston” since 2002. You be the judge!  For finer dining, enjoy a canalside meal in an old brick mill at Fish Bones American Grill. Or, head to the historic Lyceum Hall for French cuisine at the bistro and wine bar, Fuel. For a little adult time and nightlife, grab drinks and appetizers at Baxter Brewing Company or Marché Kitchen and Wine Bar.


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