In the cities of Maine’s Kennebec Valley, visitors will find restaurants for every appetite and shops for most every need. Everyone will enjoy theaters, galleries, and events of all kinds, Plus, there are attractions and museums that share the stories of our history. Visitors will never be bored in Augusta, Waterville, or Skowhegan.
Maine’s capital since 1827, Augusta is one of the loveliest and under-explored cities in Maine. Spend time at the capital complex. Visit the Maine State Museum then cross over the Kennebec for an afternoon of living history at Old Fort Western. Maybe shop the day away at the Marketplace at Augusta. Or grab a meal and do some window shopping on a revitalized Water Street.
Downtown Augusta has hit its stride with a growing number of places to eat and drink, like Oak Table & Bar, and Otto’s on the River. There is also the exciting, and tasty, Cushnoc Brewing Company. Head to the weekly Farmer’s Market in Mill Park at the end of Water Street, one of the best around.
With its deep connection to American history, a happening downtown, and one of the state’s finest museums, no visit would be complete without spending time in the capital area.
Waterville is a diverse hub of activity for year-round visitors. The city is alive with the arts, outdoor recreation, and a downtown humming with events, dining, and nightlife. Add in its proximity to other destinations like The Forks for white water rafting, Waterville is an ideal vacation destination.
Home to Colby and Thomas Colleges, Waterville gets a big boost in attracting audiences for its many cultural offerings and events. This vibrant city also does a great job keeping bellies full and thirsts quenched with dozens of excellent restaurants offering the region’s best fare.
Not to be outdone by in-town doings, there is more than enough to keep you busy outdoors. In summer, hike trails at RiverWalk at Head of Falls or the Kennebec Messalonskee Trails. Ski and snowshoe all winter long at Quarry Road where they even make their own snow.
The special thing about Skowhegan is its unrivaled vibe and boundless energy. The city’s spirit mirrors the rolling waters that cascade into its gorge. Plus, there always seems to be a cool local event on the calendar worth checking out.
As one of three Main Street Maine communities in the region, Skowhegan has been recognized for its very walkable downtown. Filled with small cafés, shops, and businesses set against a backdrop of beautiful and well-maintained buildings that show off the history of the town.
For the visitor who loves outdoor adventure, Skowhegan makes a perfect basecamp. Close to town the waters of the Kennebec River and its tributaries make for excellent kayaking. Try the Madison Wave, A family tubing trip, and some of the finest trout fishing in the state. Further up the valley is the state’s best white water rafting. Finally, hiking, running, and trail biking are found in any direction you head.
Destinations: About Maine’s Kennebec Valley | Riverside Towns | Lakes Area | Small Town Charm | The Forks Area | Jackman and Moose River Valley
Other Visitor Resources: Augusta/Kennebec Valley Chamber | Waterville/Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce | Waterville Creates | Visit Skowhegan | Main Street Skowhegan