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Augusta

3.9
Natural History Museums · Government Buildings · Historic Sites

Popular things to do in Augusta

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Natural History Museum
Maine State Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Sonny's Museum
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Government Building
State Capitol
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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State Park
Viles Arboretum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.The city's population was 19,136 at the 2010 census, making it the third-smallest state capital (after Montpelier, Vermont and Pierre, South Dakota) and the ninth-largest city in Maine. Located on the Kennebec River at the head of tide, Augusta is home to the University of Maine at Augusta. Augusta is also the principal city in the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryThe area was first explored by the ill-fated Popham Colony in September 1607. It was first inhabited by English settlers from the Plymouth Colony in 1629 as a trading post on the Kennebec River. The settlement was known by its Indian name—Cushnoc (or Coussinoc or Koussinoc), meaning "head of tide." Fur trading was at first profitable, but with Indian uprisings and declining revenues, the Plymouth Colony sold the Kennebec Patent in 1661. Cushnoc would remain unoccupied for the next 75 years. This area was inhabited by the Canibas Indians. During the 17th century they were on friendly terms with the English settlers in the region. Take stress off the schedule by using our United States online trip itinerary maker.

Side trips from Augusta

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Garden
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Boothbay
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Cap'n Fish's Cruises Boothbay Harbor
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Boothbay Harbor
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Lighthouse
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Bristol
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Augusta

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Historic Site
Fort Western
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
The Governor Hill Mansion
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Capitol Park
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
The Senator Spa
3.7
Duration: 2 hours

Childrens Museums in Augusta

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Children’s Museum
Children's Discovery Museum
2.8
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Augusta

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Civic Center
Augusta Civic Center
2.9
Duration: 2 hours

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