You don't need to spend money to do something fun and special in Southern Maine. These ideas for free fun range from mellow bookworm activities to live music and outdoor entertainment. Have fun this summer!

1. Scan the Titles at Local Book Stores

Longfellow Books in Monument Square has a cat that hangs out around the stacks, which makes reading the book jackets even more comforting. Pick out a book by a local author and hold onto it. You'll see why with number two on this list.

2. Read a Book Under Spring Point Ledge Light

Spring Point Ledge Light is a great spot for photos, but it's also a really great spot to take in the sights and sounds of Casco Bay. Take a deep breath of fresh salty air and read your new book in the shade of the late-1800s spark plug lighthouse.

3. See a Free Movie Outside in Congress Square Park

Every Sunday night is movie night in Congress Square Park next to State Theatre. BYOC (bring your own chair) and kickback with some snacks for a free film. The full schedule is available here.

4. Take a Walk Around Fort Williams State Park

Portland Head Light is no secret to tourists and locals, but there's more to Fort Williams State Park than the most photographed lighthouse in the nation. The walking paths are a great way to get some steps in with some breathtaking views of the ocean.

5. See a Concert with L.L. Bean's Summer Concert Series

I love live music! I love live music even more when it's FREE. L.L. Bean always brings a great lineup of acts to the park right outside their flagship store in Freeport. See who will grace us with their musical talent this summer on the full schedule.

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