THINGS TO DO IN BIDDEFORD
Discover why Biddeford has become such a popular destination for Maine’s youngest residents and tourists from all over the world.
At the Lincoln Hotel in Biddeford, we’re as committed to helping you explore and enjoy our community as we are to lavishing you with hospitality. From time-honored traditions to exciting new businesses and events, there’s always something fun to do in Biddeford!
GLASS BLOWING CLASSES
When you’re ready to try a new skill, book a glassblowing class at Belfire Hot Glass & Gallery. Options range from private to couples to group classes, so you can enjoy this unique experience regardless of whether you travel solo or with your closest pals.
CANDLE MAKING | Every 3rd Friday
Make your own Biddeford souvenir in the form of a clean burning candle at Sea Love Candles! Your 2-hour class (bring your own adult beverages) includes instruction in natural oils and how layering creates complex, custom fragrances. Pre-registration is required.
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REEL COCKTAILS | Each Wednesday
Reel Cocktails returns to Batson River! Every Wednesday in Biddeford we’re screening one of our favorite movies and a cocktail special inspired by the film. Screenings begin at 6pm but the $8 cocktails are all night long!
While our #1 goal at The Lincoln Hotel is to make you so comfortable you never want to leave, we’re happy to share our staff and guests’ favorite nearby activities. These recommendations are all within walking distance and are fun, easy ways to spend a vacation day or break up a business trip.
Located less than a mile from our lobby, Clifford Park is Biddeford’s answer to Central Park. This 140-acre wooded oasis offers 22 miles of trails to explore year-round. *Bike trails will challenge your technical skills.
We’re proud to sponsor this Biddeford institution that dates back to 1860. Today, the talented cast and dedicated crew perform an eclectic mix of shows from October through August.
Are you curious about our hotel’s former role as a bustling textile mill? The Biddeford Mills Museum has a remarkable collection of photographs and artifacts that bring the past to life.
Founded in 2010, Engine deserves tremendous credit for sparking the creative and commercial resurgence here in Biddeford. In addition to studio space for up-and-coming artists, they have a small gallery, special events, and rotating exhibitions that are sure to inspire you.
From their annual River Jam to holiday festivals, The Heart of Biddeford organizes several community events throughout the year. Their website is also a great place to learn about local businesses and other happenings in town.
Where to Go in Biddeford
Here in Biddeford, we’re fortunate to be close to some of southern Maine’s most beautiful scenery and natural attractions. You’ll need a car (or a bicycle) to reach these destinations, but every single one is worth the trip.
Old Orchard and Scarborough are more widely known, but this two-mile stretch of sandy beach is one of the most beautiful in Maine. Parking is very limited and by permit only from June 15 through Labor Day (free the rest of the year). Pick up your pass at the City Clerk’s office in the Biddeford City Hall office on Main Street and enjoy a beautiful day at this hidden gem.
Not far from Fortunes Rock Beach on Lester Olcutt Boulevard, this 1.5 mile Audubon Sanctuary Trail is a local treasure. Park on the street and enjoy the wooded scenery behind the Abenaki Golf Course before opening up to spectacular views of the rocky coast.
A dedicated group of volunteers offers tours of this 200-year old lighthouse in July, August, and Maine Open Lighthouse Day in early September. $35 for those ages 10 and up, a trip to Wood Island Light includes a 15-minute boat ride from Vines Landing in Biddeford Pool, access to the grounds, and the lighthouse keeper’s house. Visitors over age 10 are also free to climb the 60 steps to the lighthouse tower, where incredible views await. Reservations are required.
Timber Point Island is a fascinating 97-acre parcel of protected land and a 13-acre island at the end of a beautiful neighborhood on Timber Point Road. Parking is minimal, but the scenic beaches and lovely views along the 1.4-mile loop trail are worth an early morning wake-up call.
The Eastern Trail combines off-road, multi-use trails and signed bike routes from South Portland to Kittery. The section here in Biddeford is part of the signed portion of the trail. If you prefer the safety of the multi-use trail, the closest entry point is located in the rear lot of Southern Maine Medical Center.
Where to Eat & Drink in Biddeford
From classic comfort food at landmark local businesses to on-trend cuisine from new arrivals, The Lincoln is within walking distance of some of the best restaurants in Biddeford.
Located on our lower level, Batson River Brewing and Distilling offers spectacular cocktails made with their award-winning spirits distilled right here in Biddeford. Their craft beers are also excellent, as is their menu of small bites, salad, sandwiches, and entrees.
One of the early pioneers of Biddeford’s recent creative revitalization, Elements has been a delightful place to gather and relax since 2013. Their menu of locally roasted coffee, locally brewed craft beer and fresh baked goods is as curated as their selection of high-quality books.
A fixture in Biddeford since 1927, the Palace Diner has recently enjoyed national attention thanks to the two young, creative chefs who purchased it in 2013. Serving breakfast and lunch daily from 8am to 2pm, the fifteen-seat diner is one of only two surviving Pollard dining cars in America.
A symbol of Biddeford’s youthful, creative resurgence in every way imaginable, Magnus on Water is a community cocktail bar run by two sets of friends who joined forces to bring their hospitality vision to life. Check them out for “nature-inspired cocktails and crave-worthy comfort foods.”
Locally famous for its spectacular fish and chips, Fish and Whistle is also passionate about sustainability. The Squidwich showcases husband and wife co-owners Jason Eckerson and Kate Hamm’s commitment to featuring more abundant species with outstanding flavor. Check out their vegan options, too!
The Maine Italian Sandwich is a local treasure, and no one has been making them better or longer in Biddeford than the Ladakakos family. Whether you’re a connoisseur of this uniquely Maine sandwich or you’re ready to try one for the first time, George’s Sandwich Shop on Franklin Street is the place to be.
No visit to Biddeford is complete without a visit to this Main Street mainstay, presently in the proud hands of the Reilly family’s fourth generation. You’ll find a delightful array of cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, and pastries – all made on the premises to the standards they’ve maintained for 109 years.
With great food, fun specials, and regular musical guests, there’s nothing subtle about Sublime Taco. They serve California-inspired tacos, burritos and quesadillas plus a great mix of beer, wine and cocktails. The décor is funky, the environment is highly social environment and the food is well, sublime!
While the Palace Diner serves classic American fare in a retro dining car, Jackrabbit Café serves Scandinavian-inspired pastries and small plates to go. Their menu changes with the seasons, but their coffee and tea choices are always exceptional.
Chicken is the signature dish at Dizzy Birds but they also offer decadent pot roast and baby back ribs, plus soups and salads for lighter appetites.
Named for their grandfather who taught them how to prepare authentic Greek food, Papous Pita is a great spot for sandwiches, salads, and rice bowls.
Beloved by locals since 1960, Pizza By Alex serves personal-size Greek-style pizzas with a crispy crust. Be sure to call ahead and tell the person at the counter who you are and how many pizzas you’re picking up.
With a mission to bring “better coffee for everyone,” our neighbors at Time & Tide Coffee focus on producing high-quality single-origin coffees and smooth drinking everyday blends, all roasted in downtown Biddeford. Grab a bag to take home and do not miss the famous Pistachio Cream Latte.
A delightful spot for breakfast or lunch, Part & Parcel specializes in pressed sandwiches, fresh salads, and beer and wine by the glass. They serve delicious food quickly in an inviting space where you can relax and enjoy or grab and go.
The first brewery founded in Biddeford, Banded Brewing has been delighting visitors since 2013 with a diverse menu of craft beers and tasty food to pair with them. With vegan-friendly options and a nice mix of snacks and sandwiches, Banded Brewing is a fun spot for beer lovers to gather.
If you only have time to visit one of Biddeford’s breweries/restaurants (besides Batson River Brewing & Distilling, of course) and you’re hungry for comfort food, Blaze Brewing is the place to be. From mac ‘n cheese to stuffed meatloaf, lovers of healthy portions will feel right at home at Blaze.
Creators of craft beers “worth holding on to,” Sacred Profane rocks its own style with a little something for everyone. In addition to their own lager, you’ll find a rotating selection of wines, ciders, seltzers, and beers from other breweries, plus small plates, affordable entrees, and parlor ice cream.
Maine’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery is right down the street from The Lincoln, where you can sample and purchase delicious, gluten-free beer straight from the source. An absolute haven for people with Celiac Disease or any gluten sensitivity, Lucky Pigeon’s brews are enjoyable for everyone.
With sleek, retro branding and creative offerings like Coconut, Overproof, and Barrel Reserve No. 1, Bimini Gin is earning fans all over the country. Here in Biddeford, you can sample all their varieties in one of their creative cocktails while noshing on bar bites at their stylish tasting room.
In Biddeford on business and craving a good glass of wine and an inspiring conversation? The friendly, ultra-passionate folks at Lorne Wine will recommend the perfect pour for your preferences and tell you why they selected it.
If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, the nice folks at Coco Bar and Grill will treat you right. From burritos and chimichangas to enchiladas, and tacos, you’ll find all your favorites, some great combo platters, and a full bar highlighted by their signature frozen margaritas.
The Foodie Guide to Biddeford
The World Cuisine Trail
The Comfort Food Trail
The Local Legends Trail
These eateries may not have invented the dishes that make them popular with Biddeford locals, but they have distinguished themselves by preparing them in exceptional ways.