Located on the banks of the Kennebec River, Downtown Waterville is home to a unique mix of shops, restaurants and services. Shoppers will find a wide array of products, including women’s clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, Maine-made products, toys and books, and much much more. Dining options are equally as diverse, offering authentic Lebanese and Mexican cuisine, Asian specialties, Indian, eclectic American fare, delicious pub food, and fresh seafood, not to mention great bagels, sandwiches, and coffee.
Downtown Waterville is also home to numerous arts & cultural assets, including the magnificent Waterville Opera House and the Waterville Public Library, and a year round calendar of outstanding events, such as the Maine Open Juried Art Show and the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market. A trip to Waterville, once known as “Elm City,” is not complete without exploring the city’s rich history. We hope you take a minute to read “A Short History of Waterville, Maine” by Stephen Plocher, Colby College Class of 2007.
Waterville Creates! is a collaborative consortium established to work directly with community arts, creative, and cultural institutions to enhance and strengthen the vitality of Waterville. At the heart of this initiative is the promotion of Waterville as a major arts destination for Maine residents and visitors to the state. Through increased collaboration and with its primary arts and cultural entities, Colby College Museum of Art, Common Street Arts, Maine Film Center, Waterville Main Street, Waterville Opera House and Waterville Public Library.