Freeport – Maine’s favorite shopping village – is home to over 200 upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, great restaurants, and casual cafes. The historic shopping district is conveniently located within easy walking distance of the L.L.Bean Flagship store.
Claim to fame: Headquarters to L.L.Bean and home to the L.L.Bean Flagship store, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
L.L. Bean/Freeport Shopping
Internationally recognized as a world-class shopping destination, Freeport offers over 200 upscale outlets, designer shops and eclectic boutiques. The historic Maine village is a truly unique shopping destination with shops located in refurbished 1800s-era buildings and all within easy walking distance of your drop off point in front of L.L.Bean. Freeport Village Station (across the street from L.L.Bean) is the newest addition with even more retail shops and restaurants to add to your Freeport experience. You will discover not only major brands like Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Talbots, Sperry Topsider, Nine West, Clarks, Allen-Edmonds, Nike, American Eagle, and Vineyard Vines, but also Maine’s renowned brands such as Cole Haan and of course L.L. Bean. Freeport is also home to a rich selection of shops featuring Maine-made products like Brahms Mount, Maine Woolens, Sea Bags, Jill McGowan, Thos. Moser, and The Wishful Moon. Within the village, you can try a lobster roll, chowder, or other Maine favorite at any one of several dining spots, many featuring an outdoor patio for thoroughly enjoying a Maine summer day.
L.L.Bean has made its home in Freeport since 1912 and in 1950, they threw away the keys to the store and remained opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year!
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden & Freeport
Discover the waterside gardens of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens followed by a stop in the village of Freeport best known for its upscale outlet shopping and as home to the world-famous L.L.Bean.
From the pier, depart Portland and take the highway north to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Opened in 2007 after 16 years of planning and researching a prime location, the expansive complex of waterside gardens is a treasure to be explored. The natural habitat has been gently grown into a manicured state with pathways through the mossy forest featuring gardens with different themes and flowers, plus an alley of more than 1,000 birch trees. Throughout, the walks are quiet and lush. One of the best trails runs along much of the tidal shoreline that’s part of the property. Your visit here is just under two hours; the first hour is lead by a docent of the gardens, followed by another 45-minutes of your own exploration and browsing the gift shop. At the conclusion of your visit, regroup for the departure to Freeport.
Internationally recognized as a world-class shopping destination, Freeport offers over 200 upscale outlets, designer shops and eclectic boutiques. But, Freeport isn’t all about shopping. Take in a tour of the historic sites in this village established in the 1700s and stop by the Freeport Historical Society’s annual exhibit, housed in the Harrington House on Main Street just a block from L.L.Bean. Two hours are afforded here to browse the many shops and have lunch. At the appointed time reboard the coach and return to the pier.
Shore Excursions vary between cruise lines – check your cruise line’s website for specific offers.