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Sightseeing Scenic Chairlift Rides  Educational & Cultural Opportunities State Parks and National Forests Wildlife Areas and Gardens
Sightseeing
  • Mother Walker Falls, Screw Auger Falls and Snow Falls Gorge are wonderful natural landmarks to visit and admire.

Scenic Chairlift Rides
  • With the wispy clouds overhead and a cool breeze at your back, the mountains of western Maine are a great place to enjoy the summer. A scenic chairlift ride at Sunday River Ski Resort is a fantastic way to take in the majestic views of the Mahoosuc Mountains. Relax as the chairlift takes you both up and down the mountain. Scenic chairlift rides are available weekends only from Memorial Day though July 4th weekend, and then daily though Columbus Day. Tickets can be purchased at the Sunday River Adventure Center. Call (207)-824-3000 for details.

 Educational & Cultural Opportunities
  • Bethel Historical Society
    A regional history center with two side-by-side facilities featuring the O'Neil Robinson House with changing exhibits and the Dr. Moses Mason period house museum. Also, included -- research library; museum shop; collections relating to western Maine & the White Mountain region; lectures; special events.
    Stan Howe
    P O Box 12
    Bethel, ME 4217

    Located on Broad Street on the common.
    Tel: (207)824-2908 & 800-824-2910

    bethelhistory@ctel.net
    www.ctel.net/~bethelhistory

     

  • Deertrees Theatre & Cultural Center
    "One of Maine's Hidden Treasures"
    A 300 seat rustic-style theatre nestled among rose hemlocks, Deertrees is a non-profit performing arts center presenting an eclectic offering of theater, music, dance and children's shows.
    P.O. Box 577
    Deertrees Road
    Harrison, ME 04040

    About a 30 minute drive from Bethel.
    Tel: (207)583-6747
    Fax: (207)583-4939
    deertrees@usa.net
    www.deertreestheatre.org
     
  • Mahoosuc Arts Council
    Presents programs in the arts and humanities in the schools and communities of the greater Bethel area.
    Vicki Rackliffe
    P O Box 534
    Bethel, ME 04217-0534
    Tel: (207) 824-3575
    Fax: (207) 824-2926
    mahoosuc@gouldacademy.org

State Parks and National Forests

Mt. Blue State Park
207-585-2347
www.state.me.us/doc/prkslnds/mtblue.htm

 

Rangeley Lake State Park
207-864-3858
www.state.me.us/doc/prkslnds/rangeley.htm

 

Sebago Lake State Park
207-693-6613
www.state.me.us/doc/prkslnds/sebago.htm
 
  • Also visit White Mountain National Forests or Grafton Notch State Park & Step Trails.
     

 Wildlife Areas and Gardens
  • Wildlife Areas and Gardens
    A variety of birds and small wildlife can be observed as you walk on the many wooded and waterfront trails and around the Bethel Area. The Androscoggin River Trail, accessed from Rt. 2 behind the River View Motel or the State Picnic Area, is an excellent example of this. Moose sightings are frequent and can be nearly guaranteed by driving through Grafton Notch State Park and north to Errol, NH at either dawn or dusk hours. The Patte Brook Marsh area of the White Mountain National Forest is also a popular moose sighting area during those above hours.

    The McLaughlin Garden and Horticultural Center, is located at 101 Main St. S. Paris. In 1936 Bernard McLaughlin began to create what would become one of Maine's most beloved gardens and arboretums. The historic perennial garden on Route 26 in South Paris, features mature collections of Maine wildflowers, hostas, daylilies, phlox, sempervivums, and over 98 cultivars of lilac beneath a varied canopy of flowering, deciduous and coniferous trees. The two acre garden is under the stewardship of a nonprofit organization formed to preserve the historic home, barn and garden for Maine and Maine's visitors. Open May-October Dawn to Dusk. Free admission.
     
  • Beech Hill Farm & Bison Ranch
    Visit Beech Hill and take a hayride with the buffalo! We are also a trading post selling gourmet bison meat, plus many other products.
    Paul & Marcia Hersey
    P.O. Box 155
    North Waterford, ME 04267

    Located at 630 Valley Road/Route 35 - just up the hill (south) from Route 118.
    Tel: (207) 583-2515
    Fax: (207) 583-9033
    herseybison@excite.com
    www.beechhillbison.com

     
  • Mountain Ranger Guide Service
    Our guests ride in the comfort of our van while Sandy MacGregor--Registered Master Maine Guide--brings them to the habitat most likely to be inhabited by moose. While we can't guarantee the moose will be there, we can guarantee that Sandy will enrich your tour with detailed natural history of the Western Maine Mountains--the natural ecosystem and watershed, how mankind has affected this delicate balance, what we are doing to restore and preserve it.

    Moose tours are $35 for a party of up to 7, usually lasting minimum of 4 hours.
    Evening tours usually provide more moose for your viewing and photographic pleasure.
    Bring cameras, video, binoculars.

    A comprehensive guide service dedicated to providing quality personalized 4-season outdoor adventures.
    Sandy MacGregor
    1094 Route 2
    Rumford, ME 04276
    Tel: (207) 364-2506

    abmacg@megalink.net
    www.mountainranger.com

     
  • Northern Waters Canoe & Kayak
    At Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge --see wildlife and beautiful natural scenery.

    Guided pontoon boat wildlife cruises, guided kayak tours, canoe or kayak rentals, whitewater rafting, kayak school
    At the bridge in Errol, NH
    Office at Saco Bound, Conway, NH
    Tel: (603)447-2177
    Fax: (603)447-6278
    rivers@sacobound.com
    www.sacobound.com

     
  • Sun Valley Sports
    Off-road 4x4 Moose and Wildlife Safaris - Ecosystem interpreters.
    See wildlife and how the forests of Maine are managed.
    Open 7 days a week.

    All of our guides are professional registered Maine Guides, so you can be assured of a safe and memorable experience. Minimum of 4 people, maximum 6 people.
    Trips are offered by reservations only.
    Cost: $30 per person, families, depending how many children, we give a discount.
    Time: Evening, approx. 5 - 9 PM
    Rocky Freda
    129 Sunday River Road
    Bethel, ME 04217
    Tel: (207)824-7533 or 877-851-7533
    Fax: (207)824-7533, call 1st
    svs@megalink.net
    www.sunvalleysports.com
 

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