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Bridgton Day Trip

Activities: Walking, sightseeing, dining, shopping, hiking, museums, beaches, birdwatching, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, drive-in theaters. Family-friendly, great for a day trip.
Region: Maine’s Lakes and Mountains

The town of Bridgton combines picturesque lakes and mountains with charming downtown culture and amenities making for an ideal all-season day trip. With the scenic White Mountains in the distance and 33 lakes and ponds nearby, there are plenty of ways to embrace the outdoors. The downtown’s eclectic local businesses, passion for the arts, and community projects fuel a fun and creative culture.

Enjoy the Outdoors

In the winter, you can head to Shawnee Peak Ski Area, the longest operating Maine ski resort with over 40 trails, seven glades, three terrain parks and snowmaking on 98% of their land. Or for cross-country skiing you can visit Five Fields Farm, an apple orchard located at an elevation of 850 feet, with groomed trails and a back-country trek leading to a view of Mount Washington, conditions permitting.

During the milder months of blooms and leaf-peeping, pick one of these trails, parks or preserves to enjoy solo, with others or with your leashed, furry friend. Some of these also allow winter activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing:

  • Pondicherry Park: 66 acres of woodlands, fields, streams and wetlands with leisurely walking trails. The park features a wooded pathway, boardwalks and an educational amphitheater.
  • Bald Pate Mountain Trails: a moderate 3.3-mile loop trail featuring wildflowers, bird watching opportunities and cross-country skiing in the winter.
  • Pleasant Mountain via Bald Peak Trail: a 4.6-mile out-and-back trail offering scenic views for hikers, runners and snowshoers.
  • Holt Pond Preserve: a 4.5-mile, easy loop trail spanning a mix of wetland and upland habitats, accessible year-round for walking, hiking, birdwatching or snowshoeing.
  • Highland Research Forest: a 2-mile, easy loop trail leading to Highland Lake.

Summertime in Bridgton means returning to your favorite hikes (make sure to look out for wild blueberries), enjoying the lakes and beaches and other outdoor activities. Spend the day grilling, swimming and boating at Highland Lake Beach (public grills, picnic tables and public restrooms available). Feeling competitive? Get out on the green for a game of golf or tennis, complimented by mountain views, at Bridgton Highlands Country Club.

Artsy Downtown and Close-to-Town Fun

Bridgton’s downtown, lined with shops and galleries, showcases its love for the arts. Gallery 302, an artist co-op showcasing more than 40 exhibiting artists in a variety of mediums, will inspire and delight, while the Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity promotes the life and legacy of Rufus Porter—artist, inventor and writer.

After perusing the galleries and shops, pop in for a bite to eat at one of these restaurants:

End your day with a vintage twist: catch a movie (or two!) at the Bridgton Twin Drive-In Theatre. There are old classics, new films and a snack stand for late-night cravings.

Mileage:
From Ellsworth: 167 miles
From Bangor: 141 miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 34 miles
From Portland: 39 miles

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