What to do and see in Waterville, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 16, 2017 Madelene Haan

Waterville is a city in Kennebec County of the U.S. state of Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. Home to Colby College and Thomas College, the population was 16,406 at the 2016 census. Waterville is also the latter of the cities which make up the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.
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1. Colby College Museum of Art

5600 Mayflower Hl, Waterville, ME 04901-8856 +1 207-859-5600
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5 based on 153 reviews

Colby College Museum of Art

Reviewed By mrsagf - washington dc

I visited for the excellent Marsden Hartley retrospective. The collection here is primarily of American and contemporary art. The museum has benefited from generous donations of both private collections and funds for bricks and mortar. The only downside is that it reflects what donors want to give, rather than what it may wish to acquire.

Gift shop and refreshments available, free parking in a college lot at the rear.

2. Fort Halifax State Historic Site

Route US 201 / Lithgow Street - 1 mile south of Winslow-Waterville Bridge, Winslow, ME 04901 +1 207-941-4014
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4 based on 14 reviews

Fort Halifax State Historic Site

Reviewed By Melodycthomas

The old blockhouse stands at the entrance of the park. It is all locked up so you can't see inside. There are several covered picnic tables and a very large grassy area for running and playing. The park is located at the confluence of two rivers. This is a nice place for young lovers and children to visit. A pavilion provides a place for town sponsored shows and ceremonies.

3. Tree Spirits

152 Fairfield St, Oakland, ME 04963-5213 +1 207-465-3007
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5 based on 24 reviews

Tree Spirits

Reviewed By Faith W

My friends and I went for Maine Maple Syrup Sunday to try their maple wines, but ended up getting samples of many more.The wine tasting was reasonably priced ($5) and the selection was both varied and delicious. They even had absinthe, and for an extra...MoreIt was totally fun for us, too! Thanks for joining us and for your patience on one of our busiest weekends of the year!

4. Winslow Homer's Studio

5 Winslow Homer Road, Prouts Neck, ME +1 207-775-6148
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Winslow Homer's Studio

The Prouts Neck studio of the famed artist.

Reviewed By mrsagf - washington dc

The Portland Museum of Art could hardly say no to acquiring the studio of Favorite Son Winslow Homer when given the chance and to paying for an extraordinarily expensive restoration. It owns "Weatherbeaten," displayed in Pride of Place on the second floor of the PMA, a painting of water's edge at the studio.

I could hardly say no, either, to the unusual (but not unique) opportunity to visit the studio of one of the nation's greatest painters. Context was worth the cost, despite there not being a lot to see. Aside from probably contributing to the restoration costs, your $54 also gets you round trip transportation in a 12 person Mercedes van from the PMA to Scarborough's Prout's Neck (this is the only way to get there and to get in, no parking, no trespassing), a lecture by an earnest docent, and a short walk along the cliffs shared by the studio and its neighbors. You leave at 10:30 and return to the PMA about 12:45. On your return, your ticket admits you to the museum, where you can hunt for Homers. It also admits you to any temporary exhibit. The current one is loans from the 8 museums on Maine's Museum Trail and includes Homers (and more).

Call the museum to make your reservation as far in advance as possible. The tours are few and infrequent, and they usually sell out. The cheapest parking is in the Spring St. garage, directly in back of the PMA, at $1.75 an hour.

5. Two Cent Bridge

Temple Street & Kennebec River, Waterville, ME
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4 based on 34 reviews

Two Cent Bridge

Reviewed By sadler8613 - Kiawah Island, South Carolina

It was easy finding the bridge and we started from the Windsor side. It's sturdy and clean and safe. The walk across takes 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much you stop to take in the river below and the sights. The waterfall can be heard but hard to see. A nice little park awaits you on the Waterville side. Lots of padlocks are attached to the sides. Worth a visit on a nice day. We loved it.

6. Quarry Road Trails

300 Quarry Road, Waterville, ME 04901 +1 207-680-4744
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Quarry Road Trails

Reviewed By William V

tucked away behind the highway, Colby has worked to make this a first class XC skiing facility. A technical course features some great hills, and they are building out their snow making capability so that conditions are consistent regardless of weather.

7. Enchanted Herbs & Teas

48 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901-6602 +1 207-860-0318
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Enchanted Herbs & Teas is an Herbal Apothecary, Tea Emporium and Healing Arts Center offering Hypnotherapy and Reiki as well as classes and workshops. In addition to raw herbs, herbal teas, natural and herbal bath & body products and books, Enchanted Herbs & Botanicals carries a variety of New Age and Metaphysical products.

Reviewed By Ayrca - Waterville, Maine

When you walk in right away your made to feel at ease. The owner is fun and knowledgeable about the product he carries. Any doubts are quickly brushed aside as you begin to walk through the store. Its clear that each line of inventory is...MoreWe are pleased that you enjoyed your visit

8. Common Street Arts

16 Common St, Waterville, ME 04901-6611
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5 based on 4 reviews

Common Street Arts

Reviewed By KennebecTom - Winslow, Maine, United States

Common Street Arts is an art gallery, performance space, and teaching studio. They've had a very successful first year. The gallery shows are first-rate artwork by Maine artists. Some of the exhibitions have shown previously at Harlow Gallery and others. The gallery has a strong relationship with Colby Museum of Art and collaborative programming is frequently presented. Past performances have included flamenco dancers and music. At the forefront of Waterville's growing creative economy, the gallery is well worth a visit. Gallery admission is free.

Every time I am in there, I feel like I've stepped into an artspace in Boston or New York, where the pure white walls, the multi-hued floor, and the art provide a soothing relief from the cares of the day. If you're fortunate to be in Waterville during one of their performance nights, be sure to stop by. Admission is cheap, the caliber of the musicians has been top notch, and the conversation with visitors from near and far is always interesting.

All is explained at length on their website.

9. EntrapMe

105 Main St, Suite B & C, Waterville, ME 04901-6621 +1 207-660-4585
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EntrapMe

EntrapMe Escape Rooms LLC is a live action Escape Room game where you and your team will be put to the test to try and escape within sixty minutes. Our room needs you not only to escape the room but also to retrieve certain items as well or else fail the game. And if you fail then we'll keep you in the room forever. We'll probably do that if you succeed as well. We're good people like that.

Reviewed By Laura K - Anson, Maine, United States

One of the few escape rooms you need to pay for an eight year old. I had called Mainely escapes in Waterville and they wouldn’t have charged.

10. Modern Underground

103 Main St, Basement Entrance off of Temple St, Waterville, ME 04901-6621 +1 207-200-1290
Modern Underground

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