Things to Do in Ogunquit, Maine

Things to Do in Ogunquit, Maine
Located in Southeastern Maine and part of the Portland statistical area, Ogunquit is home to just over 1,000 permanent residents. This quiet town, however, is a major summer getaway destination and a major access point to the Ogunquit River. Over the past two decades, Ogunquit has also become a haven for gay travelers, and a number of gay-owned and operated (as well as gay oriented) hotels, theaters, bars and businesses operate here. For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, Ogunquit has miles of beach, hiking trails and lots of water resources to offer.

Ogunquit Heritage Museum

Located at the former house of Captain James Winn, the museum is not only a notable historical destination but also rich in opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The original 18th-century structures house a series of rooms decorated with period furniture and objects. Rooms include bedrooms, fireplace/living area, keeping room, front foyer and even a back staircase. Exhibits throughout the museum help visitors understand the ecology of the area, and cover coastal trade, weather and marine history. Surrounded by trees, park benches and winding paths, the museum offers not only a view into the past but also a great starting point for those wishing to explore the wildflower gardens and surrounding wooded areas.

Ogunquit Heritage Museum
86 Obeds Lane
Ogunquit, Maine 03907
(207) 646-0296
ogunquitheritagemuseum.org

Shores

Ogunquit has always been a beach town. Although there are only three miles of beach in town, the sand is pristine, the views spectacular and the water cold but inviting. Perkins Cove, on the other side of town, offers a small shore, as well as popular boat excursions of the surrounding waters. Before you decide to sail, stroll down Shore Road to see the antique shops, quiet restaurants and colonial houses. When you reach the end, you'll find a series of boat cruises, which offer everything from whale watching to tours of the bay to dinner shows. The Nubble Light House is on the way of most water tours and is a sight not to be missed.

Finestkind Scenic Cruises
PO Box 1828
Ogunquit, Maine 03907
(207) 646-5227
finestkindcruises.com

Laudholm Farm Reserve

Located just off Route 1, on the outskirts of town, The Laudholm Farm Reserve is part of the large Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, dedicated to the research of coastal environments. The 1600-acre reserve offers over seven miles of hiking trails, which cut through a series of habitats, including wetlands, forests, beach dunes and fields. The visitor center offers free trail maps plus a series of videos, exhibits and other resources to help you understand the importance of the area. Summer interpretative tours, which include about 90 minutes of moderate walking, vary from a wildflower or coastal geology walk to more intense educational programs such as the ones covering the history of the local saltwater farm or the habitats and species of the salt marsh. There are also two-hour walks during the summer that focus on specific topics, such as dragonflies, weather or the beach.

Laudholm Farm Reserve
Laudholm Farm Road
Wells, Maine
(207) 646-1555
wellsreserve.org

Article Written By Sarah Dray

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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