Fun Things to Do in Oxford Maine: Gambling, Racing, and Craft Beer

Maine might not be top of mind when you think about casino gambling. However, the Oxford Casino in nearby Oxford Maine is southern Maine’s destination for exciting table games and slot machines. Located just 5 miles from our Wolf Cove Inn bed and breakfast in Poland Maine, this lodge-style gaming center provides ample opportunity to try your luck at Blackjack, Baccarat, and Craps.


Exterior view of Oxford Casino at night all lit upGambling in Oxford Maine

Owned and operated by Churchill Downs, Inc., the Oxford Casino is open 24/7 for non-stop excitement. Touting state-of-the-art reel and video slots, plus heart-pumping table games, the energy inside is contagious. You don’t have to be a high-roller to enjoy an outing to the casino, however. Plenty of penny, nickel, and quarter slots provide just as much thrill as those with higher stakes.

Jackpot Hold’em, one of the newest games to make the scene, requires a little luck plus a little strategy. Based on the well-loved Texas Hold’em style poker game, the idea is to make the best 5-card poker hand from two-hole cards and 5 community cards. If you win, you get to take the jackpot.

The pub with taps and red chairs in the OxPub at Oxford Casino

Dining at the Oxford Casino in Oxford Maine

While gambling may make you a big winner, it’s also likely to induce a little hunger and thirst. Luckily, you’ll have 3 dining options to choose from when the mood strikes. The Ox Pub, a sit-down dining spot for light fare, craft beer, and spirits, opens at 11:00 AM and continues serving until 9:00 PM on weeknights and 11:00 PM on weekends. For a grab and go snack, try the Oxford Express for pizza, hotdogs, pastries, and more. Open 7:00 AM to midnight on weekdays, you can grab something quick 24 hours on weekends. The Oxford Grill offers an extensive menu of local and regional fare, including fresh New England seafood.

Racing at Oxford Plains Speedway

Of course, gambling isn’t the only attraction to entertain you when visiting Oxford. The Oxford Plains Speedway offers its own brand of excitement. The 3/8-mile race track is home to the Oxford 250, one of the richest one-day short track events in the country. With a calendar full of events and races throughout the spring, summer, and fall, a trip to the racetrack can be fun for the whole family.

Oxford Maine dragway

Drag Racing at New Oxford Dragway

For over 50 years, the New Oxford Dragway has offered thrilling drag races for young and old alike. Experience the thrill of the race from behind the wheel or in the stands each Friday night.

People around fire pit with snow on ground at Oxbow Beer Garden

Beer, Food and Fun at Oxbow Beer Garden

If you’re into craft beers, you’ll definitely want to add the Oxbow Beer Garden to your list of fun things to do. The restaurant and tap room serve up farmhouse ales and wood-fired pizzas in a renovated 200-year-old barn. Local musicians provide entertainment on several evenings through the summer months.

If you’re visiting in the winter, you’ll have access to an extensive trail system for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. Rental equipment is available onsite. And when you’re done with your snowy adventure, cozy on up to a fire pit with a cold one. Or slide under the transparent a-frames and watch the flakes tumble down with your favorite brew.

Two people riding a dog sled pulled by six dogsMushing at the Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience

You read that right. When the snow piles high, you can have Alex and his team whisk you through a winter wonderland dog sledding adventure. Options range from a one-hour ride to a three day adventure where you’ll mush your own team on the final day.


So, when you plan your next visit to our little slice of heaven on Tripp Lake, make time to explore nearby Oxford Maine. It’s one of the treasures of the western lakes district, offering a little something extra to the beauty and natural wonders of Maine’s “Vacationland”.