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.
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.
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
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 in nearby Kennebunk.
Where to Eat 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.