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Experience living history and so much more!

Welcome to Gardiner, Maine – a genuine American community where a charming and historic downtown frames a vibrant and eclectic entrepreneurial business culture.

Gardiner’s thriving downtown and historic district are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a must-see stop for history lovers on their way to Acadia National Park or further “Downeast,” providing an inspiring glimpse into the golden industrial era in Maine.

Combine the living history of downtown Gardiner with our sparkling waterfront, distinctive eateries and unique shops, and you’ll see why our little city is such a completely wonderful place to visit and experience our rich and varied heritage… not to mention an ideal place to live and to do business.

Gardiner is right in the middle of everything, directly off Interstates 95 and 295, and not far from Maine’s glorious mid-coast – an advantageous central location with easy access to the bulk of Maine’s year-round population plus all points south to Boston and New York, north to Canada.

On this website you’ll find out all about our colorful community, our fascinating heritage tourism opportunities, our considerable economic advantages, and the spirit and people behind the Gardiner Main Street Program. Welcome!

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  • Greater Gardiner River Festival, Saturday June 21

        A kickoff to the Kennebec Valley’s “Whatever Family Festival”, highlights include an open-air craft fair on historic Water Street, Johnson Hall’s annual waterfront talent show, and Fireworks! 2014 GGRF Arts Crafts Festival Application GGRF Waterfront vendor form 2014 Are you an area business that would like to sponsor the event?  Find out how much

  • Easter in Gardiner

    On Saturday, April 19th, Children will be invited to participate in an Easter egg scavenger hunt and celebration of spring throughout Downtown Gardiner. Children’s activities run from 10am-1pm.  Pick up a scorecard before scouring storefronts in Historic Downtown Gardiner while cataloging the number of eggs of all shapes and sizes on display.  In addition to

  • FaceTime Social Networking Wednesday, May 7

    Gardiner Main Street’s monthly social networking event – Open to anyone in the Gardiner community. Come and mingle with others who live and work in Gardiner at a different location on the first Wednesday of each month.