21 Best Things to Do in Lewiston and Auburn Maine and Why I Love This Area

I have lived in the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine area since 2014 and I’ve been so impressed with how much there is to do in this area. It’s definitely underrated if not totally ignored in favor of Portland, ME. And although Portland does have more to do, I would argue that within a few years Lewiston-Auburn will be considered a new mini Portland, but way less crowded and a more relaxing destination.  

I love the Lewiston-Auburn area, but for a while it had a bad reputation. Most people would just pass through this area and miss the welcoming community, great things to do, and people of this area.

One thing I love most about the area is how it’s becoming one of the most diverse areas in Maine. With immigrants joining the community from Somalia, Nigeria, Djibouti, and more countries, we get to meet some of the bravest people I’ve ever met.

For those reasons and more, I’m happy to share just a few of my favorite things to do in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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Where to eat in the Lewiston-Auburn area:

  • Fish Bones – try their truffle brussels sprouts! I recently came here with a friend and fell in love with their brussels! Who knew a veggie could taste so good?!
  • Davinci’s – for their garlic knots and pizza and amazingly good salads. This is a staple in the Lewiston area amongst locals. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten here but every time is delicious. They also have deserts to go – YUM!
  • 84 Court Street – for authentic greek dishes. The owner here is so kind and we love eating here, especially because they are super supportive of local law enforcement officers. You have to try their pizzas!
  • Wei Lei – for the best Chinese food. Somehow eating from Wei Lei doesn’t give you the normal post Chinese food feeling. They cook their food in a more healthy way and you can definitely feel the care they put into making the dishes. Plus they are so friendly! 
  • Italian Bakery – the best donuts around. And they are SO CHEAP! I don’t know how they do it but they have the best pastries hands down. 
  • Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream – for ridiculously huge portions and homemade flavors. We come here WAY TO OFTEN in the summer. They only accept cash but they have an ATM on site. 
  • She Doesn’t Like Guthries – for healthy lunch options. I always order a sweet potato and black bean quesadilla with smoked tofu. Delish! 
  • Forage Market – the best cafe and bagels. I love the atmosphere in this place.My favorite spot for a Chai Latte.
  • El Pochos Mexican Grill – authentic Mexican food. When you go here you’ll see it’s in a gas station. Trust me, go inside, you won’t regret it. Their food can be spicy so make sure to ask if that’s not your thing. So yummy! 
  • Luchador Tacos – I love both their South Paris and Auburn locations. I highly recommend their Taco Sampler!

Outdoor things to do in the Lewiston-Auburn:

  • Walk along Lake Auburn Trail for a 3.9 mile out and back trail
  • Easy hikes in Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary. I’ve been here numerous times but on a recent trip with my cousin’s 2 year old son I was reminded that sometimes, it’s not how far you walk down the trail, but how muddy you get along the way. He had a blast but my poor cousin had to change his clothes a few times that day!

This is a perfect trail for families with young kids because the trail is relatively easy and there are cool spots along the way. Dogs arne’t allowed because it’s a bird sanctuary though so keep that in mind. 

  • Walk the track for free at Bates College. I really enjoy this option in the summertime when you want to get a workout in but don’t want to be stuck inside on a treadmill. There are a ton of local families that use this to tire out their little ones, but people of all ages can enjoy this great option on the Bates campus. 
  • Mount Apatite Trail for an easy 2.7 out and back trail. 

Play a round of minigolf at Tabers Restaurant, Mini Golf and Driving Range. Who doesn’t like mini-golf? What I love most about this place is the view they have. It’s a perfect date night spot. Grab some fries and play a round!

  • Roy’s for mini-golf, driving range, batting cages, and disc golf. More mini-golfing? Yes, because it’s fun! But what I really enjoy about this place is their food!! Their menu is pretty simple but good ‘ol fashioned burgers, fries, and milkshakes. My husband loves to test out the batting cages every once in a while too!

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Close by Adventures:

  • Range Pond State Park for kayaking, swimming, and walking. This place feels miles away from any city but is only 20 minutes from Lewiston. This is one of my mom’s favorite spots to relax and unwind. I would recommend coming early to enjoy the beach area to yourself. 

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  • Vista of Maine Vineyard and Cidery Tasting Room – local winery with beautiful sunsets. This vineyard is quickly becoming one of the best known in the state due to it’s stunning views and relaxing atmosphere. 
  • Wallingford’s and Ricker Hill Orchards – Make sure to visit in the fall for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and delicious apple cider and donuts. This is one of my favorite things to do on a fall day. You really can’t beat a warm cup of local apple cider and then you add homemade donuts?! It will be a highlight of your trip. 
  • Attend a play at Bates College! My mom and I attended a Bates Play recently and it was a blast! The students were so talented!
Bates College – Schaeffer Theater
  • Nezinscot Farm has a wonderful selection of locally grown produce and meats as well as a Fiber arts attic upstairs with yarn and fiber. 

Okay, Nezinscot Farm really is my #1 favorite spot in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Located in Turner, ME this is a local farm that produces an insane array of goods. They have local cheeses, breads, pastries, meats, veggies, fruits, soaps, teas, and bulk goods. The amount that this tiny farm produces astounds me. Plus their fiber section upstairs features locally spun yarn, multiple types of fiber and hand-knit, one of a kind pieces. I spend hours here with my knitting friend enjoying their delicious menu of lattes as well as breakfast and lunch options as we knit away on our projects.  

  • The Meadows Golf Club. This is a great option if you want to get into the country a bit and have a relaxing time outside. I know the owners and they’re great guys! PLus they have a full bar and grill. They also have Tacos & Trivia and Cribbage Nights!

Okay, so by now you should be convinced to give Lewiston-Auburn a shot. Here’s where you can stay during your visit. 

Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverfront

Residence Inn by Marriott

Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn

Martin Stream Campground 

Riverbend Campground

Final Thoughts

Lewiston-Auburn has so much to offer! There are a ton of great places to eat, outdoor activities nearby as well as breweries, theaters, museums, and shopping options as well. Whether you’re passing through and coming to stay a few days, Lewiston-Auburn is definitely worth visiting.