National Parks / Natural World

Viles Arboretum Augusta

Where is it at?

View on Google Maps

Viles Arboretum
153 Hospital Street
Tel: 207 626-7989

Where are we going today?

Viles Arboretum is an amazing place to visit if you are a family full of green thumbs! 

The mission of the Viles Arboretum is to promote the appreciation and knowledge of Maine's trees and other flora, by giving visitors a place of education and recreation. And they have done just that!

In the 1800s, the area was owned by a number of neighbouring farms. These days, the 224 acres of land is filled with gardens, trails and flora, but you might stumble across a few historical elements too!

There is a granite quarry just past the Rock Garden which was one of the areas used to cut granite from the earth, and for over a century the hospital farm once provided crops and livestock, as well as exercise for the patients!

Now, families just like yours can have some of the best natural history observing in Maine. They have the second longest wetlands boardwalk in the entire state, which is perfect for birdwatching and taking photos.

Viles Arboretum have forest habitat, fields, adventure, and many a trail where you can find a great selection of tree species.

Each of the gardens in the arboretum have their own unique features, from the Hosta Garden which is the larges public Hosta Garden in Maine, to the DAR garden which is filled with plants that were associated with Maine homesteads during the Colonial period / Revolutionary War.

So if you want a fascinating, historic and peaceful family day out in nature, then Viles Arboretum might just be for you! 

Great New England fun! 

Email attraction

How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree
  • ChildrenFree

When can we go?

Dawn to Dusk. Visitor Center open 9am - 4pm Weekdays.

7 days a week, all year round

Teachers corner

They offer outdoor education trips for students of all grade levels. They have discounts for the students, and great programs which will fill them with history and facts! Give them a call to book in advance. You can also do self-guided tours.

Any Top Tips?

They sometimes have fun events like Living History Civil War Reenactments so keep an eye out and don't miss out! .

Doing our bit

The Arboretum had a mission of promoting the knowledge of appreciation of Maine's trees through education and recreation, and they have done just that.

Need a little extra help?

The paths are suitable for wheelchairs, but not motorized wheelchairs unless approved in advance with good reason. .

More information

Dogs are allowed but must be leashed at all times .

Not found what you're looking for?

  • Swans Island

    Swan's Island in the Kennebec River is perfect for nature loving families, featuring a unique habitat teeming with native wildlife to view, and woodlands and meadows to enjoy.

  • Ausable Chasm

    Step back in time as you walk the nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Descend hundreds of feet and walk the natural stone walkways within the Chasm and gaze upon eons of

  • Freetown Fall River State Forest

    A scenic and historic Massachusetts park, great for hiking, picnicking, exploring and playing in the wading pool. Perfect for active families, anglers, horseback riders!

  • Natural Bridge State Park

    Visit the ONLY naturally formed white marble arch in the whole of the USA - right in Massachusetts!

  • High Falls Gorge

    Sturdy bridges, walkways and groomed paths allow visitors to enjoy self-guided tours to view the beautiful waterfalls, dark pools and one of New York's largest pot holes. One of the many fun family

  • Swans Island

    Swan's Island in the Kennebec River is perfect for nature loving families, featuring a unique habitat teeming with native wildlife to view, and woodlands and meadows to enjoy.

  • Snow Pond Cruises

    Ships ahoy! Fun and educational cruises for the whole family in Maine - where kids can experience wildlife, learn all about local history, and find out some pretty fun and interesting facts about the

  • Maine State Aquarium

    Visitors to this Maine aquarium will find 15 regional exhibits including 2 touch tanks with invertebrates and sharks tucked into the rocky coast of Maine!.

  • The Maine Wildlife Park

    Explore a wonderful array of wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. Over 30 species of native Maine wildlife are kept for protection, and visits from kids!

  • Searsport Shores Resort

    A waterfront campground in Maine with with on-site activities, trails, with RV and tent sites along the beach! Water activities too!