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Caribou is the second-largest city in Aroostook County, and the most northeastern city in the United States. It is a favorite spot to venture from when heading out on Maine’s interconnected snowmobile trail system to access the 1,600 miles of trails in Aroostook County. Winter comes early to Caribou and stays late, so they celebrate it each year in February with a fun, family-friendly Winter Carnival.
Things to Do in Caribou
Besides snowmobiling, Caribou has plenty to offer. Just outside of Caribou is the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, which has more than five miles of trails perfect for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The Aroostook Valley Trail passes through Caribou on its 28 miles of multi-purpose trails from Presque Isle to New Sweden. An unexpected treasure is the Nylander Museum of Natural History where there are delightful displays from the archeology, paleontology and other natural sciences collections. The museum exhibits the collections of Swedish-born naturalist Olof Nylander, who spent years studying the fauna of Aroostook County. The Caribou Historical Society is another popular spot with more than 10,000 artifacts on the campus and a replica of an 1860s one-room schoolhouse.
Visit Goughan’s Berry Farm, open year-round celebrating each season with homemade ice cream, gifts, pick your own gardens, a corn maze, Christmas tree farm, and farmer’s market.
Don’t leave town without a bag of locally-grown potatoes you’ll find at many roadside stands.
Where to Stay in Caribou
The Caribou Inn & Convention Center has the Greenhouse Restaurant, as well as updated guestrooms and the Old Iron Inn Bed and Breakfast offers charming rooms and a freshly made breakfast each morning. The Crown Park Inn is ideal for longer stays with kitchenettes available. Also, check the list of area businesses below.
Restaurants in Caribou
Try a beer flight at Northern Maine Brewing Company and grab a tasty bite to eat, or visit Frederick’s Southside for a home-style meal, and you can always grab a delicious pizza to go. Farms Bakery is the spot for a tasty breakfast, fresh-baked treat or sandwich. Also, check the list of area businesses below.