Welcome to presque isle
Presque Isle is the largest city in Aroostook County, which covers 6,800 square miles in rural northern Maine, the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined and the largest county east of the Rocky Mountains. “PI” is considered the “hub” of the county, offering a large regional hospital, international airport, an indoor shopping mall, and three institutions of higher learning. The city is home to six museums: the Presque Isle Air Museum, Maysville Museum, the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs Museum, the James School, and the Northern Maine Museum of Science at University of Maine Presque Isle. PI is the location of Aroostook State Park, the State’s first state park, as well as the nation’s first ICBM, the SNARK. The Maine Solar System Model, the world’s largest complete three-dimensional scale model of the Solar System, is also an interesting and unique tourism draw. The planets, from Pluto to the Sun, line US Route 1 from Houlton to Presque Isle with six of the ten being located in Presque Isle.
Around $12 million has been invested in revitalizing the downtown area with an award-winning community center, a public market pavilion, and a splash pad. Presque Isle is also home to a recent Amish population, whose members can often be seen driving their buggies throughout town.
The area boasts outstanding four-season outdoor recreation with hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking, as well as hunting, fishing and a range of winter sports. The city has four lakes, a wide stream, and the Aroostook River, in addition to Aroostook State Park. The Nordic Heritage Center, a world-class cross country ski, biathlon and biking facility, offers 20 km of ski trails and marked mountain bike trails. It hosted the 2006 and 2014 Biathlon World Junior Championships as well as the 2011 and 2016 Biathlon World Cups with athletes from more than 30 countries competing.
Presque Isle has lots to offer and MOCA members are encouraged to come a day early for a wine and music reception at the Vera Estey House Museum and stay an extra day after the spring program to explore the city’s attractions. The MOCA program location is across Second Street from the rear entrance of the Northeastland Hotel. Both the Northeastland and the Hampton Inn are offering discounted rooms for those attending the MOCA program.
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