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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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  • Gardiner Holiday Store

    This year, Gardiner Main Street is offering prints of our unique “Gardiner” photo rather than a new ornament.  A limited number of pre-framed prints will be available at Monkitree Gallery, located at 263 Water St.  Locations with previous years’ ornaments will also carry these prints, or, they can be ordered directly from this website and

  • Gardiner Days of Light

    Celebrate the holiday spirit with Gardiner businesses and community members in our month-long celebration. Tree Lighting, Parade, Visits with Santa, Holiday Shopping, and much more!

  • The Gift of Gardiner

    Give the Gift of Gardiner, a Gift Check program accepted at more than 30 Gardiner businesses. Gift Checks can be purchased at The Bank of Maine, 190 Water Street. They are available throughout the year.