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I had my first trip to Maine recently, and I had no idea what to expect. The variety of experiences available surprised me, to be honest. No matter what you love to do, you’ll find something fun in Freeport.
Freeport is a quick trip up the road from Portland, Maine, which provides easy access by air. Luckily, Freeport also has an Amtrak train station that provides an easy walk into town, so travelers from Boston and New York can get in and out quickly, too.
I know people who love the New York to Maine road trip. If you need tips on how to plan this, a friend shared some great tips on how to plan this road trip.
Freeport Maine has a lovely small town feel that includes free parking lots, something I never see in Chicago! The sidewalks throughout and polite traffic make it easy to walk once you arrive, and light traffic ensures driving remains pleasant, too.
The town offers plenty of places to stay from the charming Harraseeket Inn where we spent the night to a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn to the Casco Bay Inn and more. Whether you come for the day or stay a week, prepare to enjoy your time.
7 Things to Do In Freeport Maine
Visit the outlets
While you may know that LL Bean is headquartered in Freeport, the town hosts a number of other outlet stores for shopping fun. This isn’t a two hour shopping trip. Plan to spend your day here.
LL Bean has three “stores” in addition to their outlet. The three main stores are open 24/7/365, so save those for last. The outlet, along with most other stores in Freeport offer more limited hours, especially outside the high season.
Check with stores before you go so you aren’t disappointed. In the off season, most stores close at 6pm. While high season has later hours for many stores, not all stay open as late as you may expect.
Examples of those outlet stores? Visit Old Navy, North Face, Corningware Corelle & More, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Coach, and so many more. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.
Enjoy LL Bean Outdoor Experiences
Maine definitely focuses on the outdoors, regardless of the weather. One thing I didn’t realize they offered? LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs.
Inside the main LL Bean store, you can sign up for programs from archery to skeet shooting to fly fishing and more. I suggest signing up online in advance if you can to ensure they have room when you plan to go, although you can register in person.
The discovery courses cost $25, and you use fantastic LL Bean equipment in the courses – not the lower end pieces I’ve seen elsewhere. If you love the introduction, no surprise LL Bean has a way for you to purchase it immediately – and they ship for free if you buy in store but don’t have a way to get it home.
In addition, they offer free clinics for everything from guest speakers to fishing demonstrations to various camping interests and beyond. They also have limited spots, so remember to register!
Lastly, LL Bean offers more intensive (and expensive although still affordable) options from a two day fly fishing immersion course to private archery or fly fishing lessons, as just a couple examples. This alone becomes an excuse to extend your stay in Freeport Maine!
Wolfe’s Neck Center
We visited this regenerative farm for just a few hours, but I could have spent days there – and I plan to go back. Although they request a $10 donation per family, Wolfe’s Neck Center is completely free to visit and explore for the day.
You can pet their sheep and goats and pigs and more. Wander the lanes and see their chickens and cows. Wait for low tide and dig for mussels in the tidal basin. You can take up to two pecks with no license for free to enjoy for lunch or dinner.
They also offer a variety of programs available for ages 2 and up, including adult courses. For $5 per child, you can sign up to be a farmer for the morning with story time, fun farm chores, and meeting animals. The goat hike is one I want to experience – go for a 45 minute hike with the farm’s friendly goats for $5 per person.
Want something more traditional? Sign up for their afternoon milking for $7 where you watch 30+ cows milked in their brand new facility. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about what regenerative farming means and sample the Stonyfield yogurt made with their milk (all milk on the farm goes to Stonyfield).
I have a love of chickens since a friend got her own flock. The chicken or the egg experience lets you head out on the hay wagon to the mobile chicken tractor to learn about their pasture raised chickens. You collect eggs and get to take home a dozen, as well, for $20 per group (max 4, $5 per additional person).
They also host farm to table dinners and classes on everything from how to make your own tea blend or can vegetables. Be sure to check their calendar to ensure a program you want to attend occurs when you plan to visit and has availability!
If you spend the day, rent a kayak or bicycle to explore even further. Or decide you want to spend the night. They offer over 130 pet-friendly campsites in a variety of locations from oceanfront to quiet in the woods.
Some are tent only, while others are designed for RVs. Many have potable water and electric hookups. There are also two flushable toilet bathrooms with showers in addition to port-a-potties throughout the farm.
You can even stay in a 16 foot bell tent that sleeps four with a queen size memory foam mattress and two twin foam mattresses for more comfort. Or go camping my style in one of their three available cabins.
Go for a Chocolate Tasting
Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections is a tradition. While they have an offshoot across from LL Bean, visit the main factory store on Lower Main Street where they make their chocolates in house.
Not only do they have amazing chocolates from truffles to the Maine classic needhams, but the have fabulous candies and caramel sauce and more.
My favorite? On certain days, they offer hands-on factory tours. For just $4.50 per person, you can show up for tours that leave every hour from 10am to 2pm on the hour. No reservations needed, and you get a ton of samples plus the chance to make your own treat.
They also offer classes periodically for kids or adults to make chocolate in the parlor just off the side of the store. Whether you have a ton of experience or none, these inexpensive classes are a fun way to spend your time in Freeport!
Check the calendar for dates and times for both tours and classes.
Explore the smaller local boutiques
We spent time in Brown Goldsmiths where they make much of their jewelry on site. You can even ask – if they have time – to visit the workshop area.
I had no idea how one makes this type of exquisite jewelry. To see the steps the artists take from hand drawings to multiple molds to CAD drawings and more… It just makes me appreciate it more.
I could spend hours browsing the pieces they offer for sale. Looking for something more unique? They offer custom design services, as well.
Outside Brown Goldsmiths, Freeport hosts a multitude of other small boutiques. You can find everything from one selling UK goods to Maine Woolens to Casco Bay Cutlery, and more.
Or pamper yourself. Everyone I spoke with recommends Bhavana Day Spa. They have over 200 wellness offerings, and I only wish I’d had the time to indulge.
Don’t forget to eat
While Maine is known for excellent seafood, you can find a huge variety outside fish. We had an absolutely fantastic meal at Azure Cafe, just steps from the Harraseeket Inn, where we stayed. This Italian spot has won Wine & Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 11 consecutive years.
The Harraseeket Inn has two dining spots. The Broad Arrow Tavern offers the most amazing lunch buffet with local favorites. They’re also open for dinner, with brick oven pizza, grilled steak, seafood, and more. The Maine Harvest provides an elegant dining experience and offers periodic Main Harvest Series dinners, too.
You can’t forget the seafood, however. Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster (no connection to the Harraseeket Inn) offers amazingly fresh seafood on the waterfront. Enjoy a lobster roll – or lobster salad for those gluten free travelers. They offer homemade desserts (oh the pies!) from family recipes. Save room for it all!
These offer just a taste – pun intended – of dining options. No matter where you stop, you’re bound to find something amazing.