Things To Do
in Downtown Augusta
Plan Your Trip
Downtown Augusta is more than just a retail district. In fact, we offer an exciting array of activities for people of all ages throughout the year. From our stunning riverfront, to our wonderful parks, you won't find another city center quite like it. Below is just a taste of what we have to offer.
Old Fort Western
Built in 1754, Old Fort Western is America's oldest surviving wooden fort. Perched on a bluff along the eastern shore of the Kennebec River, the fort offers stunning panoramas of both Downtown Augusta as well as the nearby Statehouse. It was here the infamous Benedict Arnold would launch the most daring expedition of the American Revolution as he attempted to capture Quebec. From living history reenactments to themed events, there's always something going on.
The Colonial Theater
One of Augusta's most enduring landmarks, the Colonial Theatre is simply stunning. Built in 1913, this icon of cinema is lovingly being restored back to its former glory to once again reclaim its role as the preeminent arts and cultural destination for the State of Maine. Renovations are currently taking place, so tours of the theater are offered on a limited basis.
Anchoring the north entrance to downtown, this sprawling, riverside park offers recreation for almost every season. With sloping hills idyllic for sledding in the winter, a covered pavillion to beat the summer heat and watch the fireworks, and an active Farmers Market that runs from spring to fall, you'll always find something to do. For a touch of Old World charm, try your luck at our full-range pétanque court, a nod to Augusta's Franco-American roots.
Market Square Park
Part of a major downtown renovation project, this idyllic park is the perfect respite after a long day of shopping and dining. Located in the literal heart of downtown, Market Square offers the best of all worlds, providing a leafy respite from the hustle and bustle of Water Street. Spend an afternoon or an evening watching cars or passersbys as you drift back to a simpler time.
Kennebec River Rail Trail
It's hard to overstate the uniqueness of this winding, riverside trail. Stretching for a period of 6.5 miles, this urban path begins right under Augusta's Memorial Bridge, just south of downtown, continuing on to the nearby communities of Hallowell and Gardiner. The home of many of Downtown Augusta's 5k races and walks, this lengthy stretch of asphalt is perfect for a brisk jog, or a leisurely stroll.
Museum in the Streets
Museum in the Streets is a seasonal tour of historic places in Augusta. It features sites along Water, Front, Cony, Willow, and Canal Streets. Signs are installed at the sites in early spring and removed in late fall. The site descriptions on the signs are in both English and French.