The town of Damariscotta, Maine is located along the Damariscotta River and has a strong connection to the sea. Visitors can wander the town and browse the unique local shopping, such as Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop or Aboca Beads, catch a show at the Lincoln County Community Theater, join on of the various tours offered by Red Cloak Tours, have a delicious meal at Damariscotta River Grill, and much more. Damariscotta also hosts several festivals every year, such as the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration during early summer and the Damariscotta Mills Alewife Festival in the spring. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Frances Perkins Center
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Established in 2008, the Frances Perkins Center was founded to make the career and work of Frances Perkins more well known to the people of the United States by preserving and honoring the legacy of the amazing woman partly responsible for the New Deal. The goal of the nonpartisan, nonprofit center is to inspire people to better address the social and economic problems today as Frances Perkins would through work in advocacy, outreach, and education. The is open from 10:00am until 2:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, from June through August. Those interested in the center can also make an appointment year-round.
170 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-563-3374
2.Lincoln County Community Theater
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The Lincoln County Community Theater in the town of Damariscotta hosts more than five hundred events every year in the historic Lincoln Theater, striving to offer high quality and diverse programs that offer social, educational, artistic, and entertaining experience designed to enrich the community. The Damariscotta theater originally opened as the Lincoln Hall in 1876 as a venue for a variety of live entertainment, dances, and civic functions. In the 1920’s it became a movie theater with 500 seats. Today, the theater is owned and operated by the resident theatre troupe of Lincoln County Community Theater, founded in 1977.
2 Theater St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-563-3424
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3.Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta, ME
Known for its great customer service, Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe consists of several locations along Maine’s coastline in the towns of Damariscotta, Portland, Freeport, Boothbay Harbor, and Bar Harbor. Each of the book stores is open all seven days of the week, year-round. Along with a wide variety of books, the Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe in Damariscotta is also home to the Barn Door Baking Co. Café, which offers a great little spot for visitors to grab a coffee drink and freshly baked goods, as well as sit with friends and talk about their favorite books.
158 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-563-3207
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4.Red Cloak Tours, Damariscotta, Maine
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Red Cloak Tours has been offering historic walking tours throughout several communities along the coast of Maine for more than a dozen years. Topics of the historically based tours include cemetery exploration, haunted history, maritime history, and community history, with tours taking place in Bar Harbor, Damariscotta, Rockland, Camden, Hallowell, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor, Bath, and Freeport. Custom tours and “Tidbit Tasting Tours” are also normally available, as well as the “Lighthouse Legends, Lore & Haunts Cruise” during the fall, a boat trip lasting three to four houses that includes a view of several lighthouses and then exploration on an island.
Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-380-3806
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5.Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop
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Established in 1968, the Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop is a spacious book store in Damariscotta, Maine that overlooks the Damariscotta River. The shop offers over fifteen thousand books consisting of dozens of different categories, including rare books and possibly first editions. In addition to the numerous books, the Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop also sells puzzles, audiobooks, movies on videotape and DVD, and music CDs. All of the items at the shop are donated by the community and the staff is made up of volunteers. With a desire to help the local community, all proceeds support programs at the Skidompha Library.
17 Backstreet Landing, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-563-7807
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6.Aboca Beads, Damariscotta, Maine
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Aboca Beads in Damariscotta is a jewelry and bead store situated in the heart of the small town along Maine’s coast. With a goal of providing a place to “experience creativity,” all jewelry displayed in the shop is made in the shop with a wide array of ceramic beads, gemstones, bone, wood, glass, and freshwater pearls. The collection of beads at the Aboca Beads shop include handmade beads from all over the globe, including beads from Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, Czech Republic, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. A selection of locally handcrafted pendants and beads are available as well.
157 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-563-1766
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7.Damariscotta River Grill, Damariscotta, Maine
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The Damariscotta River Grill provides an authentic Maine dining experience for both locals and tourists alike in Damariscotta, Maine. The restaurant invites everyone to “come as they are” to dine on fresh seafood meals, as well as bar-and-grill and traditional specialities. The Pemaquid oysters served at the locally owned and operated Damariscotta River Grill are sourced fresh from the Damariscotta River just outside the window. Along with its award-winning wine list featuring several affordable favorites, the restaurant is known for its heart portions, nightly specials, and cozy bar, with a Happy Hour offered 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
155 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-563-2992
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8.Barn Door Baking Co., Damariscotta, Maine
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The Barn Door Baking Company in the New England town of Damariscotta, Maine is a small-batch bakery that makes everything from scratch in-house. The baked goods are delivered to the bakery’s storefront in the town’s local bookstore down the street as they come out of the oven. These delicious baked goods are complemented by fresh espresso and coffee drinks, along with Samovar Tea and smoothies. Barn Door Baking Co. is open from 7:30am until 4:30pm, seven days a week. The bakery also takes special orders for pastries and cakes, and custom decorate cakes for any need.
162 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Phone: 207-790-3909
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9.Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site
The Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site, simply called Whaleback for short, is an 11-acre recreational space in Damariscotta. It is owned and operated by the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust in partnership with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and is known historically for once being the site of a massive oyster shell heap. The midden was formed over thousands of years by Native Americans and reached massive heights until they were later removed in the 1800s. Visitors to Whaleback can see storyboards of this site while enjoying various recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, swimming, and winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Hikers can gain access to the Round Top Farm via Whaleback’s 8-foot-wide trail which is best for easy walks and even bikes thanks to its gentle grade and stone dust finish.
535 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine 04543, Phone: 207-563-1393
© Chapman-Hall House
Erected in 1754, the Chapman-Hall House is a fabulous example of Maine-style architecture that was popular during the Pre-Revolutionary period. It was built by the house’s first owner, Nathaniel Chapman. It remained in the Chapman Family until it was purchased by Tilden and Elizabeth Hall in 1835 whose family called the property home until 1907. Today, the house is managed by the Chapman-Hall House Preservation Society, which restored the house to its former glory until the guidance of noted historian, Abbott Lowell Cummings. Visitors can take tours of the Chapman-Hall House during weekends where each floor has been decorated to represent a different period in terms of architecture and artifacts.
Damariscotta, Maine 04543, Phone: 207-882-6817
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11.Salt Bay Farm and Nature Center
A treasure of the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, the Salt Bay Farm and Nature Center is an 11-acre expanse of farmland beloved for its beauty and spectacular vistas. The site is situated on over a mile of the Great Salt Bay’s shorefront and features stunning rolling hills as well as fresh and saltwater habitats that have been worked by people for 2 centuries. In addition to breathtaking views, the Salt Bay Farm and Nature Center provides educational opportunities to visitors as well as recreational activities. On the site, visitors can stop by the 18th-century farmhouse that serves as the visitor center, the Wetland Restoration, the Observation Platform, and the Native American Village.
110 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, Phone: 207-563-1393
12 Best Things to Do in Damariscotta, Maine
- Frances Perkins Center, Photo: Frances Perkins Center
- Lincoln County Community Theater, Photo: Lincoln County Community Theater
- Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta, ME, Photo: dusanpetkovic1/stock.adobe.com
- Red Cloak Tours, Damariscotta, Maine, Photo: Red Cloak Tours
- Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop, Photo: Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop
- Aboca Beads, Damariscotta, Maine, Photo: Aboca Beads
- Damariscotta River Grill, Damariscotta, Maine, Photo: Damariscotta River Grill
- Barn Door Baking Co., Damariscotta, Maine, Photo: Barn Door Baking Co.
- Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site, Photo: Kunchit/stock.adobe.com
- Chapman-Hall House, Photo: Chapman-Hall House
- Salt Bay Farm and Nature Center, Photo: anatoliil/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Isabel/stock.adobe.com
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