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Maine factories to visit and tour

Maine has factories to visit and tour. Below, first are the active, working factories. The next section has historical operations which often have demonstrations or renactments. These incluse both large and small operations, from several person chocolate factories and cheesemakers to large manufacturers making paper towels, wood products, beverage cans and bottles, are open to the public with real tours, exhibitions and fun education.

In some cases, such as a manufacturing process that is no longer in use, the only way to see it and learn about it is a museum or living history center. So, we also provide information about engineering facilities and museums, dinosaur digs, even government facilities, like NASA, astronomy oberservatories and more that are open to the public on certain days and times. And if there is some place that is just plain fun to visit, we add that, too!

These are perfect for homeschooling, for STEM and for fun! Kids love visiting these places! They're learning and getting an education without even realizing it. And most of these are either free or under $10! What's better then fun, entertaining, good for children and families, educational and free?

Here are some of the top factory tours in Maine and contact information and tips about visiting them.

Factories, Engineering, Museums and other fun demonstrations and exhibits to visit in Maine

  • Allagash Brewing Company Tock - beer brewery
    50 Industrial Way, Portland, ME. Email: Open: Su, Mo, Fr, Sa: and closed on Tu, We, Th. They have a number of different tours and tastings from $20 up. Join us for a one-hour guided tasting and wild barrel room tour. We'll sample 4 barrel-aged, wild and/or sour beers while enjoying the incredible ambiance of The Cellars at Allagash, located at 100 Industrial Way (adjacent to our public Tasting Room). The experience includes a welcome sample of Allagash White. Through 9/4 we are tasting: Tripel w/ Riesling, Gatherwell, '18 Coolship Cerise & Cellars #4. There will be time at the end to purchase beer & merch to go, or additional pours. This is a production space so sadly dogs are not allowed. If one of your guests is not planning on drinking beer, use the code DESIGNATED to receive a discounted ticket. *Sorry, we can't accommodate visitors under 21, even when accompanied by 21+ individuals.
    The Cellars at Allagash is built to delight guests with unique beer-focused experiences and tours. Small groups of guests will sample a wide range of specialty beers in a curated tasting session run by our knowledgeable staff. No matter if you’re a seasoned beer fan or simply someone who is curious about the range of flavors that beer can provide, these one-of-a-kind beer experiences are for you.
    Guests must be 21+.
  • Haven’s Candies - Chocolate Factory
    87 COUNTY ROAD, WESTBROOK, MAINE 04092. Phone: 800-639-6309. Email: Open: their website, in late 2023, says, "Due to COVID-19, we are not offering or allowing tours of the factory at this time for the safety of our staff and product manufacturing". Seems a bit odd, perhaps they never updated their page, so call and ask them. In the past, Haven’s Factory Open House is typically held every year on Columbus Day. They open the factory to the public at no charge, and everyone is invited to visit our facility and make your own candy!
    Their Westbrook factory is separated by glass from our retail store. Self-directed window tours are available any time the store is open at no charge.
    And perhaps they will restart the Guided factory floor tours which had been available by appointment at a cost of $2.50 per person, minimum of $25 per party. Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by parents or chaperones. Visit their Locations page which includes directions to the Westbrook factory.

Maine Historical Forts and Sites, Famous buildings, Active Federal facilities to tour, Geology: like fossils and volcanic areas

  1. Maine Acadian Culture, St. John Valley, ME.

    Maine Acadians share beliefs and experiences tying them to a common religion, languages, and history. The St. John River, land, and family are essential to their culture. The National Park Service supports the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, an association of historical societies, cultural clubs, towns, and museums that work together to support Maine Acadian culture in the St. John Valley.

    Wooded river with church along banks

Maine State historic sites and parks

These are state-run parks, museums and historic sites that present the history of some manufacturing process, industry, or living settlement

  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Androscoggin Riverlands
  • Aroostook State Park
  • Aroostook Valley Trail
  • Bald Mountain Public Land
  • Bangor and Aroostook Trail
  • Bible Point State Historic Site
  • Bigelow Preserve Public Land
  • Birch Point State Park
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park
  • Camden Hills State Park
  • Chain of Ponds Public Land
  • Chamberlain Lake Public Land
  • Cobscook Bay State Park
  • Colburn House State Historic Site
  • Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site
    Ft. William Henry
  • Crescent Beach State Park
  • Cutler Coast Public Land
  • Damariscotta Lake State Park
  • Dead River Public Land
  • Deboullie Public Land
  • Dodge Point Public Land
  • Donnell Pond Public Land
  • Down East Sunrise Trail
  • Duck Lake Public Land
  • Eagle Island State Historic Site
  • Eagle Lake Public Land
  • Ferry Beach State Park
  • Fort Baldwin State Historic Site
  • Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site
  • Fort Halifax State Historic Site
  • Fort Kent State Historic Site
  • Fort Knox State Historic Site
  • Fort McClary State Historic Site
  • Fort OBrien State Historic Site
  • Fort Point State Park
  • Fort Popham State Historic Site
  • Four Ponds Public Land
  • Four Seasons Adventure Trail
  • Gero Island Public Land
  • Grafton Notch State Park
  • Great Heath Public Land
  • Holbrook Island Sanctuary
  • Holeb Public Land
  • Katahdin Iron Works
  • Kennebec Valley Trail
  • Lagrange to Medford Trail
  • Lake St. George State Park
  • Lamoine State Park
  • Lily Bay State Park
  • Little Moose Public Land
  • Machias River Corridor
  • Mackworth Island
  • Mahoosuc Public Land
  • Moose Point State Park
  • Moosehead Lake Public Land
  • Mount Kineo State Park
  • Mt. Blue State Park
  • Nahmakanta Public Land
  • Owls Head State Park
  • Peaks-Kenny State Park
  • Penobscot Narrows Observatory
  • Penobscot River Corridor
  • Pineland Public Land
  • Popham Beach State Park
  • Quoddy Head State Park
  • Range Pond State Park
  • Rangeley Lake State Park
  • Reid State Park
  • Richardson Public Land
  • Rocky Lake Public Land
  • Roque Bluffs State Park
  • Round Pond Public Land
  • Scarborough Beach State Park
  • Scopan Public Land
  • Scraggly Lake Public Land
  • Sebago Lake State Park
  • Seboeis Public Land
  • Shackford Head State Park
  • Sherman to Patten Trail
  • Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail
  • St. John Valley Heritage Trail
  • Storer Garrison State Historic Site
  • Swan Lake State Park
  • Swans Falls Campground
  • Telos Public Land
  • Two Lights State Park
  • Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park
  • Warren Island State Park
  • Wassataquoik Public Land
  • Whaleback Shell Midden
  • Whistle Stop Trail
  • Wolfes Neck Woods State Park

Maine Seasons, bugs, topography and climate

Maine has cold, snowy winters and mild summers. Average annual winter temperatures range from 25°F in the far south to less than 15°F in the northern and interior portions of the state. Summer temperatures range from near 60°F in the far north to near 70°F in the south.!

Camping in Maine

If you're looking to save money on your trip, camping may be a fun alternative to hotels and motels, especially, if you already have the gear, or are looking to get some. BTW, this websites ( ) explains everything you need to know about camping gear and where to the best gear at the lowest prices.

Make Maine State Park camping reservations here.

Family Camping Reservations
(for 6 or fewer people)
In Maine: (800) 332-1501
From outside Maine: (207) 624-9950

Group Camping (for 7 or more people)

It's Maine, so if you are camping at a state park campground, of course there are loads of rules and COVID requirements... even though you are outdoors...

  • Family Camping sites are for one family1 or groups of 6 or fewer people.
    • ¹ A family is defined as parents and all their unmarried children age 18 years and younger.
    • When you make an online reservation you can search for sites that will fit your RV or tent and among all the amenities we offer.
    • Each Family Campsite has a picnic table and grill.
    • State Park campgrounds are for the exclusive use of registered campers and their invited guests only.
  • Larger families and groups may make reservations at our Group campsites.
  • Pets are allowed at all campgrounds except Sebago Lake State Park Campground; they must be kept on a leash under the physical control of the handler and must not be left unattended. Pet waste must be picked up immediately and disposed of properly.
  • Educational and recreational programs are offered at many of our Family Campgrounds and include special evening and campfire sessions. Call the park to get a copy of their schedule.
  • For the events open to both campers and day visitors visit our searchable calendar of events.
  • Playgrounds are available at many of the parks. Use our Park Search feature to learn more about the parks and view the amenities each offers.
  • If you and your family are seasoned campers you may want to try a backcountry camping experience on the Public Reserved Lands.
  • Accessible sites are offered at mainland Family Campgrounds. For specific details contact the park in advance.

There are both state parks and PRIVATE campgrounds in Maine.