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Augusta's strong suits for visitors are its history and scenery. Below are some examples.
Blaine House. Maine's Governor's residence is just across the street from the Statehouse and is periodically open to the public for tours.
Burial site of James G. Blaine. Blaine, a leading Republican statesman of the late 19th century, is buried in Augusta. His grave site is just off of Blaine Avenue on the city's west side, just east of the Augusta State Airport. Blaine was a U.S. Senator and was the Republican nominee for President in 1884. He lived in what is now known as the Blaine House.
GOLF- Less than an hour scenic drive south to Route 1 on the rugged midcoast is the Boothbay Harbor Peninsula with the charming quaint seacoast village of Boothbay Harbor. With all the shops, art galleries, restaurants, sailing & whale watching, and so many other attractions & activities, it's worth the trip to experience this special place in a cozy harbor with magnificent ocean views. Boothbay Harbor is home to one of Maine's top 10 golf courses. The beautiful Boothbay Country Club with its towering pines, emerald green fairways & great greens is a "must play" quintessential Maine golf course offering 18 championship holes open to the public and has "stay and play" arrangements with all local hotels & lodges.
Hiking trails and parks. Augusta has a variety of hiking trails. Probably the most extensive are those at the Pine Tree State Arboretum on the city's east side. During winter, some of these are reserved for cross-country skiing. During the summer, the arboretum has a particularly strong collection of hostas. The University of Maine at Augusta has a trail network on its campus on the city's north side, and the Kennebec River Rail Trail goes from downtown Augusta to downtown Gardiner, passing through Hallowell and Farmingdale. Finally, trails are also available at the Augusta Nature Education Center on the east side, near the new Cony High School site. In winter, outdoor skating is available at Calumet Park on the city's north side. Tennis courts and softball diamonds are available at Youth Memorial Park on Capitol Street Extension on the west side. There are a number of other parks throughout the city.
Historic churches. Augusta has a number of historic churches. These include St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Augustine's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Penney Memorial Baptist Church, South Parish Congregational Church, Green Street United Methodist Church, and more. The rectory at St. Mark's is listed on the National Register and was a childhood home of former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Melville Fuller. All of these are on the west side of the river. A smaller but also historic church on the east side is St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Hallowell, just to the south of Augusta, also has a number of historic churches, such as St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Old South Congregational Church.
Maine Statehouse. While not as opulent as some state capitols, the Statehouse has been recently renovated. The principal entrance is now from the west; some of the other entrances are now closed to the public.
Maine State Museumis a historical/natural history museum just south of the Statehouse. There is a small charge for admission. It features a gift shop focusing on Maine products such as books, postcards and souvenirs. A statue honoring Maine native Samantha Smith is just outside the building.
Old Fort Western is across the river from downtown. This is a reproduction of a wooden fort from the English colonial days. The Fort sponsors historical lectures and activities, especially on holidays such as the 4th of July.
St. Mark's Organ Concert. St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 9 Summer Street, just west of downtown, holds an annual organ concert in its historically significant church building built in the 1880s.The concert usually is held in mid-May.
Whatever Festival. The Whatever Festival is held annually and includes events around the area. Many of the events are oriented toward children.
Festivals in Hallowell. Augusta's southern neighbor is noted for the annual Old Hallowell Day, and also holds a Mardi Gras celebration.
The Augusta Civic Center is located just off of Civic Center Drive on the city's north side, near the University of Maine at Augusta and Interstate 95. This arenais one of the larger entertainment venues in central Maine and was built in the 1970s. It hosts a variety of concerts (Bill Cosby, Alan Jackson and Bob Dylan have all appeared in recent years), trade shows and sporting events (it is particularly known for high school basketball tournaments, and is also the home of University of Maine at Augusta basketball). Ample free parking is available.
The Children's Discovery Museum moved in 2009 to its new location at 171 Capitol Street on the city's west side.
Spectator sports. 2006 marks the debut of a new junior hockey team in the area, the Maine Moose. The Moose play in the International Junior Hockey League. Their home arena is the Kennebec Ice Arena, located on Whitten Road just south of the Augusta border in Hallowell (Whitten Road runs parallel and next to Interstate 95). The ice arena also offers skating time to the public.