Top 15 Best Things to do in Freeport Maine

You may initially overlook Freeport in favor of popular Maine destinations like Kennebunk or Portland. But I invite you to take a second look at this seaside town. 

Freeport is most widely known for its outlet shopping and the home to mega outdoor brand, LL Bean. 

But there is plenty to do in Freeport beyond shopping.

Freeport Town Wharf

Is Freeport, Maine Worth Visiting?

Freeport, Maine is absolutely worth visiting! 

Freeport is perfect for those travelers looking to be centrally located and within 1 hour of multiple day trips. 

It’s also perfect for those who love both shopping and outdoor activities. 

Most visitors will flock to the many outlet stores the downtown provides, but be sure to adventure off the beaten path to the quieter side of Freeport including the state parks, and opportunities to get on the water. 

If you are seeking a city vibe, opt for Portland over Freeport which provides an adorable Old Port and nightlife. 

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Favorite Restaurants in Freeport, Maine

There are constantly new restaurants popping up in Freeport, and I have to admit I need to venture beyond my favorites below. But we love visiting our favorites, right?!

Tucson Brick Oven Bistro

Starting with Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro, my Mom and I love coming here togeher. They have a great atmosphere and delicious dishes. Be sure to make reservations if visiting for dinner. 

Try their Charcuterie Board, Berry Salad, or Bee Sting pizza – yum!!

They also offer outside eating in the warmer months. 

Antonia’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill

I have such fond memories of my husband and I ordering our favorite Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Antonia’s when we were first dating. 

I was working in Freeport at the time and he was living in Pownal, the neighboring town. 

It’s crazy to believe we met when we were only 17 and 19 years old and have been together ever since. 

But, even now, Antonia’s is one of the best joints in Freeport for a pizza. They also have delicious Greek food and desserts to try. 

This spot is popular with locals and tourists so it can get super busy in the summer. Stop by for a late lunch around 2p to avoid the crowds. 

Sunrise Cafe

I was pleasantly surprised by Sunrise Cafe. Tucked away, you may not notice it along Route 1. 

And perhaps overshadowed by breakfast options closer to downtown, Sunrise Cafe is a delightful place for breakfast. 

Hearty, delicious, and fresh, their omelets are delightful. 

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster

So this is a two for one. Because it’s not just a place to eat but also an adorable spot to enjoy a picnic, a book, or for fishing. 

Bring some beach chairs and plant yourself right on the dock. Perfect spot for a sunset. 

In addition to being an adorable spot along Maine’s coastline, it’s also right next to a delicious spot for lunch. 

The Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company has your favorite Maine seafood! 

Stop here for the quintessential Lobster roll! 

Ben’s catch of the day at the Freeport Town Wharf! (We threw him back of course!)

Shopping in Freeport, Maine

Freeport, Maine is known for its outlet shopping opportunities. Brands like Banana Republic, Gap, Ann Taylor Loft, Patagonia, J Crew, Coach, Dooney and Burke, and more. 

There are also fabulous small businesses worth visiting. 

Freeport has tons of parking including a parking garage, but you may want to get to the stores early to avoid the crowds as much as possible. 

Beware that during the peak season of June-August, there can be a ton of traffic. 

Most of the stores, including the Freeport Village Station which offers even more stores, opens at 10am. Check their website for the current store directory.

One thing to know is LL Bean’s outlet store is located in the Village station and offers LL Bean goods at discounted prices. My husband always check the outlet store before walking over to the main LL Bean buildings. 

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Outdoor Activities in Freeport, Maine

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in January

When you’re finished shopping your heart out, check out these outdoor activities in Freeport including state parks, a local beach, and guided tours.

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

Easily one of my favorite Maine State Parks, Wolfe’s Neck Woods is a quiet oasis in Southern Maine. Perfect for a morning or evening hike, come walk along the beautiful coastline and into the Maine woods. 

All of the trails within Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park are considered easy which makes them accessible for any fitness level. 

My personal favorite trail is the Harraseeket and White Pines Trail Loop.

The trails in Wolfe’s Neck are also perfect in the wintertime because they are flat and can be accessed with just winter boots if there isn’t a lot of snow. 

Dogs are allowed in this state park and there is a small fee to get in. This resource lists the current fees for Maine State Parks.  

Wolfe’s Neck Woods also offers camping if you’re visiting in your RV or hoping to go tent camping! 

Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park offers great trails all year long.

Winslow Park

When I want to visit a beach but not feeling up to the crowds, I’ll visit Winslow Park. 

This is a great spot where mostly locals go. Featuring a tiny beach, it’s nothing to rave about. But it offers changing facilities and bathrooms, easy parking, a playground for kiddos, and a quiet area to relax. 

Winslow Park also offers RV camping so at times the park can get busy in the peak of summer. But I’ve never felt it was too overwhelming even at busy times. 

For current fees, check out the Town of Freeport’s website. 

LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Trips

If you’re looking to get outside but don’t want to plan the details on your own, check out LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Trips. Ranging from sea kayaking trips to Maine’s islands all the way to Northern Maine trips, they have you covered for outdoor adventures without any of the hassle. 

LL Bean has a fantastic legacy here in Maine where it all started and is an incredibly generous supporter of the Freeport and Maine community. 

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Day Trips Within 1 Hour from Freeport, Maine

Freeport is perfectly located for multiple day trips you’ll love! From beaches to coastal hikes to Maine’s biggest cities, you’ll find a day trip perfect for your travel style.

Pineland Farms: 20 minutes from Freeport

If you’re visiting Freeport, I highly recommend a short 20 minute drive to Pineland Farms. Featuring walking trails, a gourmet market, beautiful gardens, and regular events for the whole family. 

If you’re visiting Freeport in the winter, Pineland Farms also offers snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals to use on their trails! 

Portland: 20 minutes from Freeport

For those wanting a taste of the city life, check out Maine’s most well-known city, Portland. Technically with only 60k residents, most folks wouldn’t even consider this a true city. But for Mainers, Portland is the BIG city. 

Known as a culinary haven, Portland offers endless delicious restaurants. 

Check out the Back Bay for a popular walking trail along the water or walk within Portland’s adorable Old Port. 

Portland also has numerous museums, entertainment options, and fun events.

Popham Beach State Park: 45 minutes from Freeport

One of my absolute favorite beaches in Maine. This is where my husband and I got married so it will always hold a special place in my heart! Featuring MILES of beach for walking, I highly recommend visiting! 

The drive from Bath to Popham State Park is breathtaking along the coastline of the Kennebec River. 

Parking can get full when visiting during the summer months. Get here early for a good spot! 

Since you’ll be in the area, check out nearby Morse Mountain for 4 miles hike up to the hidden Seawall Beach. 

Bradbury Mountain State Park: 10 minutes from Freeport

A little gem only 10 minutes from downtown Freeport. 

While this state park is lovely, it’s not quite a “mountain”. More of a large hill with sweeping views of the area towns, even a bit of coastline on clear days. 

Bradbury Mountain State Park offers easy hikes and mountain bike trails, a playground for little ones, a large picnic area, and tent camping. 

My favorite hike when we want a quick workout is the Summit Hike. Less than a mile to the top of the mountain but be careful of slippery rocks on rainy days. 

Downtown Brunswick: 15 minutes from Freeport

Growing up in Brunswick, Maine we always had a lively downtown, but it’s exploded in the last few years. 

What I love about Brunswick is how many small businesses are thriving, especially in their downtown. 

Take an afternoon to stroll Maine (yes it has an E) and stop by one of the amazing restaurants for dinner. 

Mackworth Island State Park: 15 minutes from Freeport

Mackworth Island State Park is one of my favorite spots in Southern Maine. Beware, it can get busy at peak times. This tiny island offers an easy, wheelchair accessible, 1.4 mile loop walking trail along Casco Bay. 

Located in Falmouth, Maine only 15 minutes south of Freeport this is a great way to stretch those legs after lounging on the beach. 

Bundle up as this tiny island can get some big winds!

Current fees for Maine state parks can be found here

Mackworth Island State Park in the fall.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there is plenty to do in Freeport, Maine. This charming Maine town is perfect for those seeking endless shopping opportunities plus tons of day trips to outdoor activities. 

I hope you stop by for a day, weekend, or longer and see for yourself!

Happy Traveling!