The Capital Area offers a variety of year-round recreational activities for residents and visitors alike. Surrounded by more than 30 lakes and 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. Hiking and walking trails are abundant in the region through forested hills, fields, and arboretum.
Boat sales, rentals and marine services are provided by area marinas including Clark Marine in Manchester. 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 such as North Country Rivers.
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Click the following links to find Hiking & Walking Trails in the Kennebec Valley area
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
Augusta Trails http://augustatrails.org/
Kennebec Land Trust www.tklt.org
Kennebec River Rail Trail www.krrt.org
Viles Arboretum www.vilesarboretum.org
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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, and jogging.
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.
Other indoor sports offered within the Capital Area include ice skating at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault, candlepin bowling, and ten pin bowling at Sparetime Recreation. A four-court indoor tennis facility is located at the A-COPI Tennis and Sports Center.
The Capital Area also hosts seven outdoor tennis courts, six public golf courses, one private golf course, Augusta Country Club, and numerous parks, playgrounds and athletic fields.
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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. Other venues for performing arts include Gaslight Theater in Hallowell, the University of Maine at Augusta, Johnson Hall in Gardiner, Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, and state of the art facilities at Cony High School and Winthrop High School. Two of the area’s historic theaters, the Colonial Theater in Augusta and Johnson Hall in Gardiner, are going under major renovations to preserve the history of the buildings and to become beacons for the arts in the region.