Freeport, Maine is just a 20 minute drive north of Portland. While it is known for it’s shopping, there are some other sites you shouldn’t miss. Our favorites activities were visiting the Wolfe’s Neck Center, having lunch at the Maine Beer Company and getting our picture taken at the giant L.L. Bean boot. Here is our full list of fun things to do in Freeport, Maine.
Visit the L.L. Bean Flagship store
What once was a one-room store in 1912 has evolved to a giant store the size of a city block. Shopping here is an experience in itself. There are water features and a kids play area. Look for the moose that were found stuck together in the woods. The store is open 24-7!
Shop till you drop at the outlets
Freeport is known for it’s outlet shopping. There is one main strip where you can walk along. It’s a pretty setting that looks more like a village than a shopping mall. My favorites are Fjallraven and Patagonia. There are lots of cafes and a Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream for when you need to refuel.
Have “lunch” at the Maine Beer Company
When my husband kept saying he wanted to get lunch, I had no idea that was the name of the Maine Beer Company’s best selling beer. It was actually a very family-friendly place. We had amazing pizza in the midst of an expansive brewery, where you can watch the whole brewing process going on through the glass.
Eat a whoopie pie at Wicked Whoopies
Is it a cookie, a pie, a sandwich, or a cake? It’s all of the above! Maine is famous for inventing the whoopie pie in the early 1900’s and they have become a New England tradition. Wicked Whoopies makes over 20 varieties of whoopie pies, so you are sure to find something for everyone.
Take a hike at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
Just a 5 minute drive from Freeport center will bring you to this state park. Walk along the Casco Bay Trail to a perfect view of Googins Island, which is a very active osprey sanctuary. The woods made me feel like I had been transported to the Pacific Northwest. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Wilbur’s Of Maine Chocolate Confections
What child wouldn’t want to tour a chocolate factory? Not only do they have delicious treats, they have great family events around the holidays. At Christmas, kids can build chocolate cabins which is their spin on gingerbread houses.
Visit the farm animals at the Wolfe’s Neck Center
Not far from the Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is a farm and agricultural center. Visitors are welcome to visit with the farm animals and watch cows being milked. We had an amazing time camping there right on the ocean. To read more about our experience, click here.
Climb to the summit of Bradbury Mountain
A short but steep hike will bring you to the summit of Bradbury Mountain. At only 0.3 miles, it is not a difficult hike and you will be rewarded with spectacular views especially during the foliage season.
The Desert of Maine
The first patch of sand appeared on a formally productive farm over 100 years ago. The desert now covers 40 acres. It’s an interesting natural phenomenon for adults and kids will love the playscape.
Mast Landing Sanctuary
Birding enthusiasts will enjoy a walk at this Audubon owned sanctuary. There are several short hikes which make for a perfect respite when you need a break from the hustle of the town center.
I hope you enjoyed this list of the best things to do in Freeport, Maine. Did I miss anything? Please let me know you favorite in the comments below.