There are numerous cities and communities that I have always wanted to visit. One such place is Maitland. Therefore, I rented a vehicle (which was easy to find the best one thanks to carhiremaitland.net.au, drove to the city and looked for fun things to do in Maitland. I really enjoyed these five activities while I was visiting there.
Ever since I was a young boy, I had heard adults and the television reference a place called Maitland Gaol. As a result of this, I decided that visiting Maitland Goal was on the top of my things to do in Maitland. I had the option to go on a guided tour or an audio tour. I chose the guided tour. As I went through the facility, I had no idea of the history of Maitland Gaol. It was fascinating to learn about various escape attempts and how prisoners were punished over 100 years ago. I saw numerous jail cells, and it was interesting to see how the jail structures were built differently over the years.
While visiting Maitland Gaol was thrilling, I realised that I needed to take some time just to walk around for a while and think about what Maitland attractions I wanted to visit next. Therefore, I decided to stop at Maitland Park. I spent some time taking a stroll, but the park equipment that was available for children distracted me. I was surprised at the amount of equipment that children could use. It was very clear that the community was dedicated to providing some wonderful equipment for children to enjoy. As I continued on my way, I walked by some BBQ facilities and a pavilion. It seemed like a perfect spot for a holiday. Although I was by myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the park.
I was surprised at the wide variety of restaurants in Maitland. While I was visiting with a local, I asked him to describe some of Maitland's activities and a great place to eat. I was pleased that he recommended one of the places I had already visited. For lunch, he suggested that I go to Fratelli Roma. I was not disappointed as I had some of the best Italian cuisine that I have ever tasted. The atmosphere was wonderful, and I wished I had brought a date with me. I had pasta that was made by hand, a plate of cheese and some amazing tiramisu for dessert. The service was fantastic, and I certainly felt refreshed after receiving a scrumptious meal.
I have always enjoyed art. When I heard that the Maitland Regional Art Gallery was in the area, I just had to go there. When I got to the building, it seemed like I had stepped back in time. After all, the building was in the Federation Gothic style and opened in 1910 as a college. Although the college is gone, this amazing art gallery is open to the public at a decent price. While the building itself is impressive, I enjoyed looking at various rooms and exhibits. One of the best exhibits I enjoyed was one that focused on public art in Maitland. Through various photographs and works of art, I saw a number of fun things to do in Maitland. Furthermore, it was great to visit with volunteer and see the numerous paintings throughout the facility. I could have easily spent a day at the gallery, but I had a limited amount of time I could spend there.
As I wondered what to do in Maitland before I left for the day, I was driving close to Hunter River when I came across Tea Lovers & Coffee for Others. I needed some caffeine to give me some needed energy for the drive home. I went in and discovered a delightful establishment that offered tea, coffee and other beverages for adults and children who would prefer something different. As I sipped my tea next to a window, I enjoyed glancing at people walking by and some gifts I had purchased at a couple of Maitland attractions. It seemed like the perfect ending for my experience. I decided to have a cup of coffee and a treat for the drive home, and I certainly did not regret it.
Maitland has things to do and places to see. I thoroughly enjoyed my time visiting this wonderful city. I am looking forward to visiting it again at the right time. Fortunately, I have plenty of reasons to go back.