Antiques & Collectibles
Searsport is often called "The Antiques Capital of Maine," and with good reason. With over a dozen antique and collectible dealers dotting Route 1 along the length of Searsport, along with the popular Flea Markets, you can easily spend a day or more searching for that special treasure.
Penobscot Marine Museum
The Penobscot Marine Museum is a unique seafaring village comprised of 13 historic and modern buildings. Not to be missed during your stay in Searsport!
Searsport Historical Society Museum
This circa 1830 Greek Revival farmhouse contains collections, exhibits, books, and papers related to generations of working Searsport citizens.
Sears Island
A causeway connects this 900+ uninhabited island to the mainland. Hike the wooded trails, or follow the shore around this midcoast gem.
Moose Point State Park
This oceanfront state park offers the ideal setting for a picnic, or an opportunity to explore the coastline and well-maintained woodland trails.
Swan Lake State Park
Located a few miles inland in Swanville, Swan Lake State Park features a sand beach on Swan Lake and ample picnic/barbecue sites.
Public Boat ramp and Fishing Pier
Conveniently located in the center of Searsport, the boatramp and fishing pier let you take advantage of Penobscot Bay's many offerings.
Searsport Pines Golf Course
Hit the links at this local par 36, 9-hole course and driving range. Visit the website.
Waldo County Craft Co-Op
All Maine-made crafts make this a unique artisans showplace.
Hamilton Marine
A mecca for boat owners from throughout the region, Hamilton Marine offers an exhaustive collection of discount marine supplies. Worth the trip even for the landlubber.
4th of July Celebration
A classic small-town 4th of July celebration featuring a parade, craft show, auction, chicken barbecue, and fireworks!
Lobster Boat Races
July 14, 10 a.m., at the Searsport Town Pier. An annual stop on the Lobster Boat Racing circuit, this is great entertainment for racing fans of all ages.
Fling Into Fall Celebration
October 5 & 6. Features a parade, crafts, food, entertainment, scarecrow contest, and "bed races."
Victorian Christmas
November and December, at the Penobscot Marine Museum. Join the celebration as the museum's historic houses are decked out for the holidays.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory
An engineering marvel, the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge that spans the Penobscot River between Prospect and Verona Island is both a work of art and a unique tourist attraction. The bridge is the only one in the United States, and one of only three in the world, that features an observatory at the top of one of its support columns. The bridge is about 10 miles north of The Bait's Motel on Rt. 1 and the observatory is open daily.
Fort Knox
The "original Fort Knox" is an impressive Civil-war-era fortress largely constructed of granite from nearby hills. You may want to bring a flashlight to navigate the "tunnels" connecting various sections of the fort. Fort Knox is about 10 miles north of The Bait's Motel, directly near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory.
Fort Point State Park
Discreetly nestled into the Stockton Springs coastline, about 5 miles north of The Bait's Motel, Fort Point State Park offers non-crowded access to the shore where the Penobscot River empties into the Atlantic. Ruins of an old fort and the Fort Point Lighthouse are also part of the park.
Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Historically the summer home of the rich and famous, Bar Harbor offers a bustling downtown for shopping and dining, as well as gorgeous views of the bay. Acadia National Park, with its stunning scenery and network of carriage roads makes for a spectacular day trip. Both are located about 1 1/4 hours northeast of The Bait's Motel.
Belfast
Eight miles to the south of The Bait's Motel on Rt. 1 lies Belfast, shiretown for Waldo County. The entire downtown, with its impressive brick architecture, is on the National Register, and historic homes line the side streets. During he summer various boat charters operate out of the Belfast waterfront.
Camden and Camden Hills State Park
Scenic Camden, about 1/2 ride south of The Bait's Motel on Rt. 1, is the quintessential New England seaside town. Its harbor is home to an impressive collection of Windjammers, and shopping opportunities abound throughout the downtown. Three miles north of Camden is Camden Hills State Park, where one can either enjoy an oceanside picnic, or climb or drive up Mt. Battie to get extraordinary views of Camden, the islands, and the surrounding coastline.
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