Cultural Links in Gardiner
This two-block commercial district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The nineteenth-century buildings lining Water Street replaced the ones burned in the great fire of April, 1860. Today, they house the post office, banks, stores, professional offices, and the library. In 2001, Gardiner was selected as one of the four original Main Street Maine Communities.
The Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center at 280 Water Street has re-established live entertainment in this city, following a long history stretching back to 1864 that included vaudeville and movies.
Kennebec River Trail
This trail, starting in Hannaford parking lot in Gardiner and continuing along the Kennebec River through Farmingdale, Hallowell, and Augusta, is a path of 6.5 miles for walking, jogging, and bicycling.
The waterfront park, located between lower Water Street and the Kennebec River, is comprised of the following:
Steamboat Lane is a walkway along the river almost a mile in length.
Gardiner Landing and Steamboat Wharf, the other two components of the waterfront park for boat launching and fishing, connect to Steamboat Lane at the south end.
The Canoe and Kayak Launch is located in the waterfront park south of the boardwalk.