Situated along the banks of Maine’s Kennebec River, the town of Skowhegan was once the heart of the logging industry in the state. The river is now a natural resource that has been revitalized, providing a place for boating and fishing. This has helped the region become a gateway for the whitewater rafting Maine is known for. Skowhegan has also been recognized for dedicating itself to the restoration of its historic downtown and boasts a “nationally designated Main Street community.” Skiing, swimming, biking, hiking, and many other activities can also be found in and around the town. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Lakewood Theater, Skowhegan, Maine
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The Lakewood Theater is situated among white birch and stately pines along the western shoreline of Showhegan’s Wesserunsett Lake. Boasting the title of the most famous and oldest summer theater in the United States, as well as the “State Theater of Maine,” the Lakewood Theater has a very long tradition, a steadfast endurance, and a deep sentiment that has led to putting on performances for more than one hundred seasons. Since the year 1901, this summer theater has been providing excellent performances of children’s shows, musicals, dramas, and comedies from late May until the middle of September.
2.Coburn Park, Skowhegan, Maine
Originally land donated to Skowhegan by former Governor Abner Coburn in 1885, over the year, Coburn Park has become both a welcome haven of open space and a cultivated garden serving the local community. More than one hundred species of shrubs and trees can be seen throughout the park’s landscaped gardens, as well as a pond and many flower beds. Concerts are hosted in Coburn Park during the summer months to provide the town with live entertainment as well. The paved drives also serve as walking trails for visitors, however, guests are encouraged to also explore “off-trail.”
419 Water Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-474-3324
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3.Skowhegan Indian Monument, Skowhegan, ME
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The Skowhegan Indian Monument boasts the title of the “Tallest Indian in the World,” standing at a total of sixty-feet in height on top of a twenty-foot high base. Erected back in 1969 as part of the 150th anniversary of the state of Maine, the monument was carved by Bernard Langlais and is dedicated to the Abnaki Indians of the region, who are noted for helping the Pilgrims survive a few bad winters and were “the first people to use these lands in peaceful ways," which is engraved into a wooden sign at the base of the statue.
65 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-474-3621
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4.Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan, Maine
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The Margaret Chase Smith Library in the town of Skowhegan, Maine serves as a congressional research library that is open to qualified scholars. The library features a significant collection of research materials arranged as ten different categories: "Washington and You," scrapbooks, reference, photographs, “Statements and Speeches,” cartoons, books, audio, “Front Office Notes,” and articles. Highlights of the library’s collection include more than 5,000 historical photographs of world, national, and state leaders; general statements, press releases, and speeches of Senator Smith, and more than 500 scrapbooks documenting the senator’s career, including the "Washington and You” newspaper column.
56 Norridgewock Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-474-7133
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5.Skowhegan History House Museum
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The Skowhegan History House Museum is a cottage built in the Greek Revival architectural style back in the year 1839. The site is located along the eastern banks of the Kennebec River is just a short distance upstream from the Skowhegan Falls and was once an important place for the Abnaki people of the region, who at one time seasonally gathered there to plant crops and fish. The Skowhegan History House Museum features artifacts associated with the local history, heirloom gardens, and period furnishings. It’s also where the 1775 expedition of Benedict Arnold passed through to Quebec.
66 Elm St, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-474-6632
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6.Skowhegan Historic District, Skowhegan, Maine
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The Skowhegan Historic District of the town of Skowhegan, Maine is made up of the historic central business district that dates back to the late nineteenth century. The charming Historic District can be found on Water Street and Madison Avenue along the northern banks of the region’s Kennebec River. This area is home to more than thirty historic buildings constructed mostly from 1850 through 1910, including the 1909 Town Hall of Skowhegan. Patten Block, the oldest building, dates back to the year 1836. In 1982, the Skowhegan Historic District was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.
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7.Laurel Tree Massage, Skowhegan, Maine
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Laurel Tree Massage offers massage therapy services designed to provide a more comfortable way to restore and relax the body. Massage services available at this Skowhegan massage business include Ashiatsu, deep tissue, and Swedish massage among several other relaxation and restoration services that help people “feel better in their body.” Massage sessions can range anywhere from just thirty minutes to ninety minutes or even one hundred and twenty minutes for a full body massage. All sessions at Laurel Tree Massage are by appointment only and can be made on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00am until 5:00pm.
312 Water Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-649-0468
8.Things to Do in Skowhegan, Maine: Down River Expeditions
Down River Expeditions in Skowhegan, Maine is the adventure equipment rental company’s second location, situated along North Avenue. The shop offers rentals for mountain bikes, stand-up paddle boards, and kayaks. The town features several beautiful trails for biking, a boat launch and pleasant beach at the Lake George Regional Park, and access to the waters of the lower Kennebec River either paddle boarding or kayaking, making getting a rental from Down River Expeditions a fun and exciting thing to do during a visit to Skowhegan. In addition to equipment rentals, the retail store also sells last-minute items and souvenirs.
189 North Avenue, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-858-4040
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9.Ken's Family Restaurant, Skowhegan, Maine
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Ken's Family Restaurant is a place for family-friendly meals in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The local dining establishment serves a diverse menu that includes favorite dishes like seafood fettuccine alfredo, scallops, seafood chowder, Maine lobster, and tenderloin tips. The food menu at Ken’s Family Restaurant also features a “Homestyle Turkey Dinner,” along with more traditional fare like an array of sandwiches, hotdogs, and hamburgers. Guests can get lobster rolls with an option for double stuffed rolls, as well as fresh Maine seafood broiled or fried to their liking, and all chicken and seafood is hand-breaded to order.
411 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-474-3120
10.Things to Do in Skowhegan, Maine: Heritage House
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The Heritage House is a family-owned and managed restaurant in Skowhegan that has been a part of the community since 1987 and has long been a premier fine dining destination in central Maine. Every item on the restaurant’s extensive menu is made “fresh to order,” and a great amount of pride is taken in local food artisans and farmers supplying ingredients for these dishes long before the trend of “farm-to-table” ever took off. A lunch buffet is offered Tuesday to Friday for a more casual meal, while dinner offers flavorful poultry, succulent seafood, and fine steaks on the menu.
182 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-474-5100
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11.Bigelow Brewing Company
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Bigelow Brewing Company in Skowhegan, Maine was founded in 2013 by Pam as the brewery’s visionary and Jeff as its brewmaster, filling a void in the Somerset County community for an accessible, friendly, community-focused craft brewery focused on superior quality. From its ingredients for its beers and pizza dough to its wood fired pizza oven and landscaping materials, Bigelow Brewing Company is dedicated to sourcing products locally and supporting Maine businesses. The company’s beers include a wide range of beer styles, including Stout, New England IPA, Pale Ale, Porter, Wheat Ale, American Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and Double IPA.
473 Bigelow Hill Rd, Skowhegan, ME 04976, 207-431-7265
12.Oak Pond Brewing Company
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Oak Pond Brewing Company is a popular brewery in Skowhegan that uses the “finest malts and hops” to craft blends and perfect flavors of lagers and ales, as well as seasonal beers. The beers at Oak Pond are old-world, classic styles using well water, lager and ale yeast strains, American and imported hops and two row malted barley. Every beer produced at the brewery is hand crafted on site, from the fermentation and brewing to the conditioning and bottling. Visitors can also take a tour of the Oak Pond Brewery Tuesday through Saturday during regular store hours.
101 Oak Pond Rd, Skowhegan, ME 04976, 207-474-3233
12 Best Things to Do in Skowhegan, Maine
- Lakewood Theater, Skowhegan, Maine, Photo: Lakewood Theater
- Coburn Park, Skowhegan, Maine, Photo: tonktiti/stock.adobe.com
- Skowhegan Indian Monument, Skowhegan, ME, Photo: rusty elliott/stock.adobe.com
- Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan, Maine, Photo: Margaret Chase Smith Library
- Skowhegan History House Museum, Photo: Skowhegan History House Museum
- Skowhegan Historic District, Skowhegan, Maine, Photo: Savvapanf Photo ©/stock.adobe.com
- Laurel Tree Massage, Skowhegan, Maine, Photo: Laurel Tree Massage
- Things to Do in Skowhegan, Maine: Down River Expeditions, Photo: VILevi/stock.adobe.com
- Ken's Family Restaurant, Skowhegan, Maine, Photo: Ken's Family Restaurant
- Things to Do in Skowhegan, Maine: Heritage House, Photo: Heritage House
- Bigelow Brewing Company, Photo: Bigelow Brewing Company
- Oak Pond Brewing Company, Photo: Oak Pond Brewing Company
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