Welcome to Gardiner, Maine

Right in the middle of everything!

At the confluence of central Maine’s Kennebec River and Cobbosseeconte (or simply Cobbossee) Stream … the junction of I-295 and the Maine Turnpike … where commerce and community spirit meet among handsome, historic architecture and a modern, progressive attitude … you’ve arrived in Gardiner, Maine!

Come for a visit and experience our charming and historic downtown. Or stick around and become part of our vibrant and entrepreneurial business culture. Whether you’re interested in heritage tourism or economic vitality, Gardiner has much to offer.

Populated by professionals and artisans, merchants and office workers, students and seniors, what makes Gardiner such a wonderful place to live, work or visit is the character of its people. The uniqueness of its landscape. A rich past balanced by a ripe potential for the future, everywhere you turn.

Gardiner has received designations as both a Main Street Maine Community and a Preserve America community, and all of downtown Gardner is a National Historic District. With its brick sidewalks and Americana ambience, Gardiner boasts beautiful parks, restored 19th and 20th century architecture, even a Farmers’ Market.

Over the past decade and continuing today, Gardiner’s downtown revitalization efforts have resulted in a healthy influx of new businesses – shops, restaurants, pubs, artist studios and galleries, performing arts center, high tech firms and a mix of other professional and personal services.

Perhaps the “crown jewel” of Gardiner’s revitalization initiatives is our Waterfront Improvement Program, providing greatly increased access to the Kennebec River. For year-round residents and visitors alike, we are substantially enhancing open space and recreational opportunities — including 500 feet of riverfront boardwalk, a kayak & canoe launch, deep river access and the extension of the Kennebec Rail Trail — for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking or simply waterside picnicking.

BEFORE AND AFTER – See an artist’s rendition of the Gardiner Waterfront Park and photos of the completed project!

Click here for the latest details on the Gardiner Downtown Revitalization Program and the Waterfront Improvement Project