Buxton, Maine, is a relatively small city with a population of approximately 8,100 people. Ideally located, the rural town offers residents and holidaymakers a quiet, farm-like lifestyle, with a 30-minute commute to the state’s city center, Portland.
From sports events, water parks and a whole lot more, Buxton has something for everybody, especially during the summer months.
Take a look at a few of our favorite things to do in and around Buxton, ME, including a chartered luxury bus trip to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
Discover Summer in Buxton
Maine Wildlife Park
It’s time to go wild at the Maine Wildlife Park! With more than 30 species of animals, visitors can enjoy getting up close and personal with Maine’s wildlife. From May to October, the park has various programs over the weekends, but if you prefer visiting during the week, you can book a presentation for a small fee.
It really is a great day out for nature lovers, and it’s a fun way to introduce younger children to the outdoors and all its wonders. Make a day of it and pack a picnic basket or book one of the rustic little spots for birthday parties or family get-togethers.
Another great spot is Funtown Splashtown, an amusement park and water park rolled into one. People travel from all over the country to experience Excalibur, the tallest and largest roller-coaster in the state, and the largest in northern New England. Still not impressed? The Excalibur is a wooden roller coaster, and arguably one of the best rides in the world.
Visitors can also experience Thunder Falls, New England’s tallest and largest log flume, or Dragon’s Descent with its 220-foot-tall drop tower. If you prefer something a little more sedate, there are family and kid-friendly rides, or you can cool off in the splash pool.
York’s Wild Kingdom
A fun day out for the whole family is a trip to York’s Wild Kingdom. This zoo-cum-amusement park is a one-stop destination located in York Beach. There are amusement park rides that are suitable for all ages, as well as some fascinating animal exhibits. Grab a snack and a souvenir and head on over to the nearby beach.
If you’re feeling a little peckish, pop into one of the restaurants or grab something on the go. There’s so much to see and do in downtown York Beach, you won’t want to be sitting for too long.
Acadia National Park
By far one of Maine’s biggest attractions is Acadia National Park. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen, it’s one of the USA’s most visited national parks. Visitors will be left in awe by the sights and sounds this extraordinary park has to offer, including finback and humpback whales.
And one visit is never enough—Acadia National Park shows off all through the year. Make sure you visit Bar Harbor, a popular little stop-off in the park with loads of inns and restaurants. If you can, take a drive through the park loop road at sunrise; it’s what bucket lists are made of.
Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center
If it’s art and culture you’re after, Buxton and its surrounding areas are where you need to be. There is a museum for every possible enthusiast, but a must-see is the Farnsworth Art Museum.
With more than 15,000 works on display, it offers one of the best collections of artwork from some of America’s most celebrated artists, including Louise Nevelson. It is also home to an extensive collection of Wyeth family paintings that can be found in the Wyeth Center.
Red Sox Game at Fenway Park
Fenway Park has been around for 100 years or so, and even though it can’t compete with the newer ballparks when it comes to amenities, no other stadium comes close to the atmosphere you’ll feel at a game here. Home to baseball greats like Babe Ruth, Dom DiMaggio, Rico Petrocelli, Lefty Grove, and Wade Boggs, no matter who you are or where you’re from, if you love sports, you’ll love Fenway Park.
Buxton Recreation arranges return day trips to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox in action. The luxury bus drops you off right outside the park, and the game ticket is included in the price.
All this and much more invites you to a summer of fun in Buxton. In fact, we have another list of activities coming next month, so you won’t run out. Who knew there was so much to see and do in Buxton, ME? From museums and festivals to outdoor activities and amusement parks, there is something for every member of the family.