Places to Visit: Waterville Maine

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Waterville Maine

Efforts to develop Waterville (population 15,600) into a thriving commercial, cultural, and entertainment center have succeeded in creating a varied and dynamic tourist destination. Its central location make Waterville a hub for outdoor recreation. Read More

  • Historic architecture 
  • Contemporary art, music, and cinema 
  • Easy access to the coast, Portland, the western mountains and lovely country settings 
  • Ample services for travelers


Located in the mid-Maine area, Waterville is within an hour’s drive of the mountains, the coast, and Portland, Maine’s largest city. Waterville is 100 miles from Bar Harbor.


Lodging options include motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds. For a small city, Waterville has a large number of ethnic restaurants, plus plenty of options for family dining.


The pastoral scenery of the surrounding area is ideal for biking and sightseeing. Visitors attend world-class musical performances, participate in and watch sporting events, go to local farmers’ markets, and admire historic buildings.


Colby College, Thomas College, the Maine International Film Festival, the annual Franco-American Festival, and numerous local cultural events attract visitors from Maine and other states. The many nearby pristine lakes lure swimmers, boaters, and fishermen. Picturesque scenery like the Two-cent Bridge and nationally recognized historic architecture attract photographers to Waterville. Maine’s coast and western mountains are high on the lists of nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.

Getting Here

Take I-95 N to Exit 182A in Bangor. Then take I-395 E until it ends at US-1A heading toward Ellsworth. The route to Bar Harbor leaves US-1 at Ellsworth, where it picks up ME-3 E and goes to Trenton, crosses over the spectacular Mount Desert Narrows to Mount Desert Island, and continues on to Bar Harbor.