Located on Main Street, historic McArthur Library has been providing quality library service to area residents since 1863. It is a full service facility which makes use of the latest developments in information technology. The library also serves as an area cultural center presenting art exhibits, concerts, and lectures throughout the year.
The library is particularly proud of its collections of materials and programs for children. The children’s library, named the Junior Room, houses one of the largest collections of children’s books in the state and provides numerous programs including preschool story time, plays and films, craft workshops and special holiday events.
Located on Main St in Biddeford City Hall, the City Theater, Southern Maine’s finest performing arts center, was designed by noted architect John Calvin Stevens and first opened its doors in 1896. The 500-seat theater, with its horseshoe balcony and near-perfect acoustics, is recognized as one of the finest Victorian opera houses in the country and has been included on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
In addition to providing theater space to outside performing groups and artists, the City Theater presents its own season of highly acclaimed stage productions and sponsors performances of music, dance and theater throughout the year. Over the past 10 years, the Theater has been carefully restored in keeping with the rich architectural history of the facility.
One of the oldest museums in Maine, the Saco Museum on Route 1 in Saco houses an exceptional collection of paintings, furniture, and artifacts from the 17th century to the 20th century. The Institute offers an on-going program of exhibits, lectures, and classes. The museum is located next door to Saco’s Dyer Library.
Located near exit 4 of the Maine Turnpike, Southern Maine Health Care is a modern 150-bed acute care facility which services the northern York County region. SMHC offers the finest in patient care and provides a full range of medical/health services to residents of the area. SMHC has an outstanding Community Education program which features a regular series of lectures and classes on a variety of health topics. With 1,000+ employees, SMHC is also the largest employer in the Biddeford-Saco area.
Biddeford is home to the Northern York County YMCA. Located near exit 4 of the Maine Turnpike, the YMCA operates a full range of programs for area youth and families. YMCA facilities include 2 swimming pools, a fully equipped fitness center, and a nursery school.
Biddeford also has a City-owned indoor ice facility which serves as home to ice hockey teams in the region and provides recreational skating to the public. During the off-season, the Arena is used for exhibitions, shows, and entertainment activities.
The Saco Transportation Center is located just a few steps from Biddeford’s downtown and offers access to the Amtrak Downeaster’s train service southbound to Boston, MA or northbound to Brunswick, ME.