The Capital Area offers a variety of year round recreational activities for residents and visitors alike. Surrounded by more than 30 lakes, ponds, and the Kennebec River, the Capital Area is well suited for activities such as canoeing/ kayaking, boating, swimming, water skiing, sailing, jet skiing, ice skating and fishing. Visitors may rent or buy canoes and kayaks. Public boat landings located on the Kennebec River can be found in Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner, and Richmond as well as on larger lakes in the region. White water rafting along the upper Kennebec and other rivers is organized by rafting companies within the area.
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The Capital Area Recreation Association complex between Hospital Street and the Cony Road (beside the Viles Arboretum) offers venues for soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, horseshoes, and walking / hiking / jogging.
Click the following links to find Hiking & Walking Trails in the Kennebec Valley area.
Colby College Trails http://www.colby.edu/environ/maps.html
Messalonskee Trails http://www.kmtrails.com/
Healthy Maine Walks www.healthymainewalks.org;
Move More www.movemore.org;
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area www.healthycommunitiesme.org;
Maine Trail Finder www.mainetrailfinder.com;
Maine State Parks Trails www.trails.com/state-park-trails.aspx?keyword=state%20park&state=ME
Kennebec Land Trust www.tklt.org;
Kennebec River Rail Trail www.krrt.org;
Viles Arboretum www.vilesarboretum.org;
The City of Augusta maintains popular Bicentennial Park, a recreation and swimming area on a city pond for Augusta residents.
Outdoor swimming pools are located at two area playgrounds and at area hotels/motels including Fairway Motor Lodge, Best Western Plus Civic Center and Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel. Indoor swimming pools are located at Senator Inn & Spa, Comfort Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Hampton Inn and Kennebec Valley YMCA. The Kennebec Valley YMCA, with its two facilities (Augusta and Manchester) offers two pools, fitness centers/indoor tracks, group exercise studios, racquetball, open gym, child watch services and a variety of programs that serve all ages, infants to seniors. Health clubs include UMA and many others. Other indoor sports offered within the Capital Area include ice skating at the new Bank of Maine Ice Vault (formerly Kennebec Ice Arena), candlepin bowling, and ten pin bowling at Sparetime Recreation.
Cultural opportunities within the Capital Area include Shakespearean plays performed at the Theater at Monmouth throughout the summer and concerts performed by the Kennebec Performing Arts and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra plus year-round performances at the Waterville Opera House. Other venues for performing arts include Johnson Hall in Gardiner and Gaslight Theater in Hallowell and the University of Maine at Augusta.