Things To Do in Searsport, Maine
A Hub of America's Seafaring History
Nineteenth-century sea captains seemed to fancy our town overlooking Penobscot Bay. Some 300 maritime captains set sail from our waterways to the far reaches of the earth, including India and China, but always navigated their way home to their grand estates of Searsport.
Our inn is located along the East Main Street Historic District, dubbed by some as Captain’s Row due to the handful of estates once belonging to distinguished men of the sea. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it includes a collection of five residential properties with Italianate influences built between 1860 and 1875. Three of these properties—ours included—are also listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places.
Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Searsport
Stretch Your Legs While You Discover the Town's Charm
There’s plenty of things to do in and around Searsport, from historic outings to fine dining to shopping for one-of-a-kind items. Explore Searsport’s maritime past simply by enjoying a self-walking tour of the area. There are several original brick and stone commercial buildings in Downton Searsport that have been given a new lease on life as shops, a cafe, and a chocolate shop.
Other Places Worthy of a Visit
Miles of Shoreline With Abundant Wildlife
You won’t find any better seafood than what you’ll find here in Maine. So why not take part in a clam dig? You’ll need a license to participate, which will cost you under $20, then spend the day in the mud digging for fresh—really fresh—clams. Or just take advantage of the seasonal recreation, including swimming, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and more.
Treasures & Trash Barn
The name says it all and, yes, everything is housed inside a barn as well as on the grounds. Many items are architectural salvages, from cast iron tubs to vintage glass doorknobs. Only you can decide whether it’s a treasure or trash. Check out their facebook page for hours and a map.
Moose Point State Park
Beautiful Area Overlooking Penobscot Bay
Take a hike through the headlands of this seaside park featuring tidal pools, evergreen groves, and plenty of places to picnic. Open 9:00 am to sunset daily from Memorial Day to October 1st. In the off-season, visitors may park outside of the gate and access the park to explore, hike, and picnic.
Blue Jacket Shipcrafters
Authentic Model Ship Builders
Take a trek to the oldest model ship business in the United States dating back more than 100 years. With more than 80 kits manufactured for all levels of expertise, from novice to pro, the family-owned business even makes its castings and fittings at its foundry. You’ll find a Blue Jacket Shipcrafters’ model at such places at the Smithsonian.
Penobscot Marine Museum
Celebrating the history of Penobscot Bay
Visit Maine’s oldest maritime museum to bring the past to life. Housed in a fleet of historic buildings, there is a treasure trove of artifacts brought back to Searsport, Maine, by its many captains.