So much more to do and see now that we are able to leave campus. / Kelly Ledsworth, Design Director

Now that we are back on campus and finding the rhythm of actually having to go to class rather than rolling out of bed, we want to do things again. Such as going off campus seeing things outside of our bedroom walls. 

So below, a list has been constructed. Things to see, people to meet and places to eat. So rather than fiddling around and twirling those thumbs, go out and live again. 


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 


Free Guy


Jungle Cruise 

Local theaters:

Smitty’s Cinema – 795 Roosevelt Trl, Windham, ME 04062 

Nickelodeon Theater – 1 Temple Street, Portland, ME 04101

Not a movie person? More of an in-person, crowds and live music type? Well check out who is coming to Portland. Maybe you were able to grab tickets to Dr. Dog and Faye Webster before they sold out. Lucky. 


Brett Young – Saturday, Sept. 18 

Dirty Heads & Sublime with Rome – Tuesday Sept. 21

Postmodern Jukebox – Monday Oct.11 

Spoon – Monday Oct. 18

Manchester Orchestra – Tuesday Oct.19 

Shakey Graves – Thursday Dec.15 

Comedy shows / events:

Biana Del Rio Unsanitzed – Monday Oct. 25

Friends! The Musical Parody – Wednesday Nov. 3

BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon Holiday show – Tuesday Nov.30

These shows are at either the State Theater (609 Congress St. Portland, ME  04101) or Thompson’s Point (Thompson’s Point Road Portland, ME) 

Maybe you want to move your body, like go roller skating, or try out rock climbing. One has wheels, one doesn’t, big riddle. 

Roller Skating  

Rollodome – Thursday to Saturday night is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday day 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday night 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. General Admission is $7 and you can bring your own skates or rent for $3. (12 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, AUBURN, ME 04210) 

Rock Wall Climbing 

Salt Pump rock wall gym – fun for all ages and groups, with seven auto-belays and many routes to learn and practice skills. You can also rent all the equipment and they have classes. (36 Haigis Parkway Scarborough, Maine)

Maine and Portland speciality have great food and restaurants in such a small space. Farmers markets and coffee shops are opening up again, finally being able to go to a coffee shop to buy an $8 coffee and do half of the homework you were supposed to do yesterday. Very nostalgic. 

Farmers Markets

Portland farmers market – Markets are currently open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am-1pm, in Deering Oaks Park until December 4, 2021. 

Coffee & Treats 

Sullivan House Bakery – Gorham, Maine 

Quill Bookstore – Westbrook, Maine

Daily Grind – Westbrook, Maine

Roots Cafe – Westbrook, Maine

Holy Donut – Portland, Maine 

Arabica Coffee – Portland, Maine 

Also there are beaches and bodies of water to go for a break and soak up the sun, enjoy the waves, bring a book, or do some journaling and maybe even a picnic could be fun. 

Beaches & Bodies of Water

Higgins Beach – Scarborough, Maine 

Cuttle Cove – Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Willard Beach – South Portland, Maine 

OOB –  Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Shaw Park – Gorham, Maine 

This was just a taste of all the things you can do to give yourself a break from the walls of your room or space. Try to enjoy being able to leave and explore the cities and towns that surround USM. You’ll be surprised how much you are able to do and you’ll never have to worry about being bored again. You’re welcome, now go – you have people to meet and places to see. 



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