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Maine's MidCoast & Islands region is defined by coastal Route 1, which
skirts an irregular rockbound shoreline that changes dramatically from
the sandy beaches of Maine's South Coast.
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uch of Maine's maritime history is found in this
region-from the historic and well-known Maine
Maritime Museum in Bath to the finely restored
row of Captains' homes along Route 1 in Searsport.
Of course, with the ocean so predominate, it's only natural much of the recreational activities in the region center
on the sea-from puffin watching to whale watching, from
deep-sea fishing to lobster bakes on remote islands.
Some of Maine's most famous "clam shacks" are also found
here and, of course, lobster, fresh fish and 'chowdah' are
always on the menu.
In addition, there are numerous fishing villages such as Camden, Boothbay Harbor, Five Islands, and Belfast where you
can go right out on the pier and watch the lobster and the
fish brought in daily. In fact, in many spots you can choose
the lobster that looks just right for your evening meal.
Maine's MidCoast & Islands is also home to Maine's historic
windjammer fleet and the schooners can be found nestled
alongside lobster boats and pleasure crafts in both Rockland and Camden.
While Maine's MidCoast is known primarily for its rocky
coast, some of the most beautiful and sandy beaches in
Maine are found at Reid State Park in Georgetown and at
Popham Beach. Reid State Park features nearly a mile and
a half of sand beaches, dunes, marshes, ledges and ocean,
plus a warm saltwater pond for swimming.
Not all activities are water-related, of course. There are art
galleries galore throughout the Mid-coast Region, and antique shops and small handcrafted jewelry and knick-knack
stores are everywhere. There are flea markets and garage
sales; there are auction barns and auction houses, and
the region offers some of the most diverse, interesting and
memorable art galleries in Maine.
Two of Maine's most famous festivals - Windjammer Days
held each June in Boothbay Harbor, and Rockland's Lobster
Festival held each August - are found in the Mid-coast Region and there are numerous strawberry festivals, church
suppers, bean hole suppers and chowder dinners to please
even the most discerning of visitors.
While there is plenty to see and do here, most of the fun is
exploring on your own. However, here are a few opportunities to get you started:
* The Theater Project in Brunswick is a great place to take
children for a special afternoon or evening of theater. The
80-seat theater features "live" actors and plenty of fun.
* The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath includes indoor and
outdoor exhibitions and features paintings, ship models,
carvings, boats and other marine artifacts.
* Owls Head Transportation Museum includes a collection
of historic aircraft, automobiles and engines. During the
summer and fall, special exhibits are on display and include everything from WWI aircraft to early Corvettes.
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