You can eat well in the Augusta market, from Down East lobsters to Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai and other favorite cuisines. The Capital City region offers dozens of restaurants ranging from fine dining to family style eateries, plus lots of fast-food places for the 35,000 daytime workers in Augusta, as well as the tens of thousands of daily visitors. The Augusta-Gardiner-Hallowell-Winthrop area features many local favorites such as Cloud 9 at the Senator Inn, Slates, Joyce’s in Hollowell, Rebecca’s Place, Margaritas, Hattie’s Chowder House, The China Dine-ah and A-1 Diner plus popular chains Olive Garden, Longhorn, Ground Round Sports Grille, Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse and others.
Entertainment in the area includes a number of live theater opportunities and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, plus numerous musical/cultural presentations in the many public schools and at the University of Maine at Augusta, which features a jazz program. The latest movies are presented at a modern 10-screen cinema. For those who want more exercise, the area boasts a number of scenic and safe walking trails, bowling centers, ice skating arena and several health clubs including indoor racquet sports.