Welcome to Freeport
An authentic, rugged seaside paradise
Located approximately 20 minutes north of Portland, Freeport is a rugged paradise by the sea. The community is surrounded by dozens of parks, trails, and forests, with local breweries offering enticing refreshments for those looking to celebrate the completion of a long hike. Popular outdoor apparel brand L.L. Bean calls Freeport home, offering a wide variety of clothing and accessories to prepare for the many adventures to be had right in your own backyard.
European colonization of the area first began in the 1600s, but it wasn’t until 1763 when English settlers from Massachusetts began making their way up north to establish the town now known as Freeport. Smaller, sparse settlements turned into villages, connected by water travel along the coastline. Today, Freeport residents take pride in their beautiful surroundings and have made great strides for conservation and protection as the region continues to grow and prosper.
What to Love
- Colorful scenery, rugged hills, and untouched hilly slopes have made Freeport one of Maine’s most popular cities to visit
- Shopping is abundant with the Freeport Outlets and L.L. Bean flagship store calling the community home
- Freeport is only 20 miles north of downtown Portland
Life in Freeport is best spent in the great outdoors. Farms, parks, and festivals are a part of life. Wolfe’s Neck State Park spans 244 acres on a peninsula jutting out into the bay. L.L. Bean is also a central part of life in Freeport. Much more than just a brand of apparel, L.L. Bean hosts local events in town, like their Northern Lights celebration in the winter, and their summer concert series. Every holiday season, a winter wonderland is brought to life featuring Santa Claus, ice skating, a winter village, and a life-sized snow globe. When temperatures warm up, their flagship store hosts concerts, outdoor fitness classes, live demonstrations, and more.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
The Freeport area continues to grow, bringing in fresh new talent from across the nation. This, combined with the region’s abundance of fresh produce, seafood, and meat, has brought some of Maine’s best dining and entertainment options into town.
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company has been a local, beloved mom-and-pop eatery for over 50 years. Situated on a dock on the Harraseeket River, lobster by the pound and fried seafood are served alongside other New England favorites like lobster rolls, lobster bisque, and slices of all-American blueberry pie.
Romantic Italian fare can be found at Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro in central Freeport. Modern takes on Italian favorites are created with locally sourced ingredients in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Homemade pasta, antipasti, and brick oven pizzas are accompanied by their spectacular selection of wine from across the globe.
Freeport is also home to an impressive array of craft breweries situated along the town’s main thoroughfare. One local favorite is Mast Landing Brewing Company, established in 2015. Since their founding, their brews have been showcased across the country at bars and festivals, but no showcase is nearly as important as the ones taking place each day in their local Freeport tasting room. A constantly rotating menu is served in conjunction with a full menu of modern pub dishes.
Things To Do
Some of Freeport’s most popular shops are found along the northern edge of Main Street at the Freeport Outlets. Every day, high-end designer brands can be found at impressively low prices, including Freeport native L.L. Bean. Another favorite occasion for communal gathering is the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival. Each fall, the town gathers for live music, a parade, and delectable treats, all for a great cause. In the festival’s inaugural year, over $50,000 was raised for Camp Sunshine.
Freeport is home to a number of high-performing schools, both public and private. A few options are:
- Maine Coast Waldorf Schools, early childhood-12th grade; a new campus was recently built in 2017 to ensure students are properly equipped to tackle technology of the future
- Freeport Public Schools, kindergarten-12th grade; Freeport Public Schools are consistently ranked as some of the best campuses in Maine and are well-known for their visual and performing arts programs
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