4 Best Sights in Bath, The Mid-Coast Region

Maine Maritime Museum

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No trip to Bath is complete without visiting the cluster of preserved 19th- and early 20th-century buildings that were once part of the historic Percy & Small Shipyard. Plan to spend at least half a day exploring them and the adjacent modern museum. Indeed, there's so much to see that admission tickets are good for two days.

During hour-long shipyard tours, you'll learn how massive wooden ships were built, and you might see shipwrights and blacksmiths at work. One of the vintage buildings houses a fascinating, 6,000-square-foot lobstering exhibit. In the main building ship models, paintings, photographs, and artifacts showcase maritime history. The grounds also contain a gift shop and bookstore; a seasonal café; and a huge, modern sculpture representing the 450-foot-long, six-masted schooner Wyoming, built right here and one of the longest wooden vessels ever launched. 

From late May through late October, daily nature and lighthouse cruises, ranging from 30 minutes to three hours, are offered aboard the motor vessel Merrymeeting, which travels along the scenic Kennebec River. The museum also has guided tours of Bath Iron Works (June–mid-October). 

Popham Beach State Park

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At the tip of the Phippsburg Peninsula, Popham Beach State Park faces the open Atlantic between the mouths of the Kennebec and Morse rivers. At low tide, you can walk several miles of tidal flats and also out to small Fox Island, where you can explore tide pools or fish off the ledges (pay attention to the incoming tide unless you want to swim back). Shifting sand and beach and sea dynamics have led to dramatic erosion here, and, in recent years, the sea has taken a big bite out of the beach. There are picnic tables, plus a bathhouse, showers, and toilets. About a mile from the beach, the road ends at the Civil War–era Fort Popham State Historic Site, an unfinished semicircular granite fort overlooking the sea. The site of the Popham Colony, an early 1600s English settlement, is also nearby. Enjoy beach views and some fresh seafood at nearby Spinney's Restaurant. 

Reid State Park

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On Georgetown Island, this park's jewel is a gorgeous, unspoiled, mile-long beach framed by sand dunes; there's a second, ½-mile beach as well. Climb to the top of rocky Griffith Head to take in sea views that stretch to lighthouses on Seguin Island, Hendricks Head, and The Cuckolds. If you're swimming, be aware of the possibility of an undertow. Walking along the beach or following one of the hiking trails are popular pastimes as well. During a storm, this is a great place to observe the ferocity of the waves crashing onto the shore. In summer, parking lots fill by 11 am on weekends and holidays.

375 Seguinland Rd., Georgetown, ME, 04548, USA
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Rate Includes: $8, Closed sunset to 9 am

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Seguin Island Light Station

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Perched at the top of a small island off the mouth of the Kennebec River, this cylindrical stone tower is one of the state’s prettiest and most imposing—it rises 52 feet above an already high headland. There's a small museum in the keeper's house, and the guest quarters can be rented. Camping is also permitted at the base of the lighthouse, and there are hiking trails. Access is by a short ferry ride from Fort Popham in Phippsburg.