Being new to the area (about 3 months), I've been trying to spend at least part of every weekend exploring with the kids.  We've been to Gardiner a couple times, and every time we go, we find something new.

Founded by Dr. Silvester Gardiner in 1754, the town was originally known as Gardinerstown Plantation.  Gardiner, like many Maine towns, is loaded with history and has the classic buildings and brick sidewalks to prove it.  Over the years, Gardiner has been the home to many notable people including two of Maine's Governors, US Congressmen, Senators, athletes, and a World War 2 general.

Some of the things we had a chance to check out during our weekend visit to Gardiner were the sculpture "Rise" (by local sculptor Robert Lash) at Waterfront Park, the A1 Diner (which was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives), the Peg Shaw Victorian Garden, Emery's Meat and Produce (such a great place to get a good steak and the rub to go with it), and Reny's (a Maine adventure!)