Augusta is the state capital, located in central Maine along the flowing Kennebec River. Its population of about 18,000 residents makes it the ninth largest city in Maine. Augusta is situated along the I-95 corridor and it is approximately one hour from Portland and Bangor, and about 40 minutes from Lewiston/Auburn.
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There are plenty of entertainment and cultural activities to enjoy in Augusta. The Augusta Civic Center host a wide variety of events year-round, including concerts, sporting events and banquets and exhibitions. There are also several fascinating museums in the area like the Old Fort Western Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum.
Waterfront Wednesday concerts in the summer are a perfect place to enjoy the Augusta riverfront and listen to live music.
The Marketplace at Augusta is a great place to shop, grab a bite to eat and see a movie.
The Red Barn is a great family restaurant known for its fried seafood. The menu features dinner baskets, burgers and sandwiches. They have picnic-table-style seating both indoors and outdoors in the summer months.
Cloud 9 Restaurant at the Senator Inn & Spa is an upscale restaurant located within the Senator Inn serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant serves the hotel's customers but is also open to the public. They serve a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrees.
Because of Augusta’s location along the Kennebec River, activities like kayaking, swimming and boating are very popular in the summer. Many residents also enjoy hiking and bicycling during the warmer months.
In the winter, locals stay active outdoors by snowmobiling and cross country skiing on the numerous trails that run through Augusta and the surrounding towns.
Augusta has one 7-12 school (Cony High School) and four K-6 schools (Lillian Park Hussey School, Sylvio J. Gilbert School, Farrington School, Lincoln School). The school system ranks average in academics and above average in extracurricular activities and sports in comparison to the rest of the school systems in Maine.
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