Bonyun Preserve is conservation land managed primarily for the preservation of wildlife. The Preserve is open free of charge to the public from dawn to dusk. Easy, moderate and scenic 1.7 mile loop with dirt, forest floor and rocky ledge. No pets allowed. B.Y.O.B. Bring your own Bug spray!
This 159-acre wetland preserve was one of the first areas settled on Westport Island. Hike along the 1.8 mile Jeremy’s Ramble Trail, exploring several short side trails. These blazed trails begin at the parking area off West Shore Road and proceed through hardwood forest, along a picturesque stone wall and by the lush green marsh grass of the wetland along the creek.
A little but lovely spot at the north end of Westport Island, Clough Point short and easy .5 mile walk offers a short dog walk or picnicking spot. There are lots of artfully placed picnic tables perched over pretty ledges for some beautiful dinners at dusk. One of the trails is wheelchair accessible! The preserve also offers granite benches for taking in the views of Wiscasset. The trails closely hug the water. Pets allowed.
Watch boats motor by, catch a glimpse of playful harbor seals, or see nearby nesting osprey take flight as you enjoy a picnic on the waterfront at Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site. Located on Davis Island in the Sheepscott River, Fort Edgecomb traces its origins to the early 19th century. Interpretive panels unfold the events surrounding the Fort's history when hostilities in Europe dictated construction of forts to protect local residents.
The 500+ acre conservation area fronts over a mile of stunningly beautiful beach and dunes. Hike 2 miles each way through the salt marshes to enjoy a picnic and afternoon swimming and relaxing on the pristine, private beach. Parking is limited, so arrive early in the morning. No public restrooms.
The east side of the Damariscotta River once contained an enormous shell heap named Whaleback because of its shape. Much of this midden was removed in the late 1880s to supply a factory built here to process the oyster shells into chicken feed. As a result, only a small portion of Whaleback remains today. Managed in cooperation with the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, the area around the midden is now a State Historic Site that includes a small hiking trail and beautiful views of the river. A series of interpretive panels helps inform visitors about the history of the area.
Relax with a drink and sample the freshest oysters on the 49-passenger River Tripper, or learn from experts about how to pair the sumptuous oysters with wine. Featuring a full bar and the world-famous oysters of Midcoast Maine, Teciani offers oyster farms and seal watching tours, happy hour and sunset cruises daily, and is available for private parties and functions. Sailing from Damariscotta, between Portland and Bar Harbor.
At the Maine State Aquarium, they are all about hands-on experiences. The animals in their care are ambassadors for their species, all waiting to inspire you. Come get up close and personal with their fish and invertebrates, and increase your interest, care, and understanding of the ocean and its resources.