1. Get off to a good start. Eat a good breakfast as soon as you get up. Apply sunscreen before you hit Main Street. To avoid long lines, hit stores right when they open at 10 AM. Local stores close earliest, so visit them first and then the national brands. L.L.Bean is always open, so visit first thing in the morning or save it for the end of the day.
2. Park like a VIP. We don’t mean helicopter-ing to Freeport. We mean cutting out the stress of searching for parking. We suggest Depot Street lots, which often have a few open spaces, or make your way straight to the free two level parking garage at Freeport Village Station in the center of town. It’s conveniently located and rarely full.
3. Get the timing right. When planning your visit to Freeport, keep an eye on our calendar and plan to be here for some of Freeport’s hottest events. Find the best artisans around at the Freeport Fall Festival, enjoy outdoor tunes with L.L. Bean’s summer concert series, and kick of the holiday season with our annual Sparkle Celebration. When winter’s in full force, warm up with Flavors of Freeport. There’s always something going on.
4. Lunchtime downtime. Grab lunch to go and step off Main Street to enjoy it. At Wolfe’s Neck State Park you’ll find lots of picnic tables, trails to the water, and plenty of space for kids to play. Or head to South Freeport’s Winslow Park, where you will find lots of tables, water views, a tidal beach, a great playgound, and easy walking paths. Oh, and one of those trails takes you to the best view of the Casco Castle without a boat! Or park on Burnett Rd. where the clammers & wormers park beside the “Rickety Bridge”. Have your lunch on the big rock beside the Little River. If it’s low tide you can watch the men at work, and if it’s high tide you have beautiful water views.
5. Get some Maine. Don’t forget to pick up something to remind you of your time in Maine while you’re shopping around town. At Brahms Mount, you’ll find textiles woven right here in Maine on antique shuttle looms. To bring a real piece of Maine home with you, pick up some Tourmaline jewelry (it’s the Maine state gem) at R.D. Allen Freeport Jewelers.
6. Treat yourself. When you’re on the go, an afternoon pick-me-up is a must. Caffeinate with locally roasted coffee beverages at Coffee By Design, satisfy your sweet tooth with a classic Maine treat at Wicked Whoopies, or cool off at Ben & Jerry’s. For a taste of what goes into crafting local sweets, visit Wilbur’s Chocolate Factory for a behind the scenes tour.
7. Explore outside the village. Bring your hiking boots and get off the beaten path. Bradbury Mountain features trails long and short for every hiker. Take Summit Trail for a quick ascent. The trails at Pettengill Farm are easy enough for kids, interesting enough for a quick get-away for grown ups.
8. Eat like a local. However you’re spending your time in Freeport, you’re gonna get hungry. Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster is right on the water and serves seafood so fresh you might see it arriving by boat while you wait for your meal. Avoid crowds and go between 3-4PM. Cash only and BYOB. For a lunch buffet any day of the week, China Rose has got you covered. One of Freeport’s oldest businesses, Derosier’s serves up great pizza, subs, and more!
9. Don’t miss one of the wonders of the world. Something you wouldn’t expect in our state – Freeport is home to the Desert of Maine. Formerly a 300 acre farm, ultimately the desert took over. Perfect for those interested in the oddities of nature, bring the whole family to dig for gems and create your own sand art.
10. Pamper yourself. You’ve earned it! Visit Freeport Salon for a luxurious spa experience including mani/pedis, facials, hair treatments and so much more! Stop by Crabtree & Evelyn or The Body Shop for decadent lotions, hand treatments, hair care and makeup. Even your jewelry can have a spa day in Freeport! Celebrating 50 years in Freeport’s Old Masonic Hall, visit Brown Goldsmiths for a polish of your jewelry and a gorgeous selection of unique heirloom quality pieces made right on the premises.
11. Get a room. There’s too much of Freeport to see in a day, so plan to stick around for a while! Stay at one of our quaint bed & breakfasts or pick up some new camping gear at L.L.Bean and experience the great outdoors at one of our many area campgrounds.
This list was assembled by a team of Freeport area experts. Many thanks to those who provided us with their insider tips on how to do Freeport. Have a tip we missed? Send it our way by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tori Baron, James Place Inn
Annette Evans, R.D. Allen
Julie Flower, Brown Goldsmiths
Sue Granholm, FreeportUSA
Jill Kennedy, Chilton
Monica & Rock, White Cedar Inn
Sandy Paine, COACH
Liz Rogers, Hilton Garden Inn
David Watts, Freeport High School
Tom Wilbur, Wilbur’s of Maine
Valerie Williams, AGS