“The Maine Place for All Seasons.”
As the hub of the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region area, Bridgton is located approximately 35 miles west of Portland and 20 miles east of North Conway, N.H. on Route 302. The town is home to a drive-in movie theater, hiking and nature trails, community center, hospital, senior meals, four free public beaches and boat launches, Shawnee Peak Ski Area, two ice arenas, three museums, artists’ studios and art galleries, five children’s playgrounds, a country club, an active recreation program and many special events.
Special events include the Mushers’ Bowl Winter Carnival, Big Night Celebration, July 4th concert, fireworks, road race and parade, Rowing Regatta, Art in the Park Show, Woodworkers and Artisans Show, seasonal Farmers’ Market, a Festival of Lights and craft fairs throughout the year.
About 4,900 year-round residents live in this 68 square-mile town. Educational opportunities abound from pre-school through Senior College. Organizations include 4-H, Scouts, Rotary, Lions Club, PTA, Easy Riders Snowmobile Club, Lake Region ATV Club, Pleasant Mountain Ski Club, Bridgton Astronomy Club, Bridgton Historical Society, Red Hat Society, Lakeside Garden Club, antique bottles, bridge club and more. A diverse business community includes education, health, automotive, retail shops, restaurants, golfing, skiing, boating, antiques, craft and gift shops, realty and insurance, art galleries, construction and excavation, light manufacturing, tourism and the service industry.
Playgrounds: Highland Lake Beach, Bridgton Municipal Building, Jr. Harmon Ball Field, Woods Pond Beach, Bridgton Community Center, Stevens Brook Elementary School*
Beaches: Highland Lake, Woods Pond, Salmon Point, North Bridgton Beach
Picnic Areas: Highland Lake Beach, Woods Pond, Salmon Point, Willis Park, Sandy Creek
Boat Launches: Moose Pond, Highland Lake, Salmon Point, Woods Pond
Boat Washing Stations: West Bridgton Fire Station, Highland Lake, Woods Pond
FMI: www.bridgtonmaine.org; town office: 207.647.8756
*Not available during school hours.
Frances Howe Murals – Tucked away in the rear of the first floor of the historic Wales and Hamblen building on Main Street in Bridgton are the Frances Howe murals, considered to be Rufus Porter’s finest work. Painted in 1838, the murals were rescued from the Howe home in Massachusetts prior to its demolition in 1965. They are the only murals known to be signed by both Rufus Porter and his son, Stephen Twombly Porter. More information is available at the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton.