Big enough to be a commercial and cultural hub and compact enough to be intimate and walkable, Bath is vibrant, friendly, and a Maine visitor’s paradise.
Downtown Bath’s 19th century buildings are home to shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants lining pedestrian-friendly Front and Centre Streets… perfect for an afternoon of browsing.
Just two miles downriver, the Maine Maritime Museum has been ranked one of the “Ten Best” maritime museums in the world!
Located on the Kennebec River at the head of the Phippsburg and Georgetown peninsulas, Bath is also a great central location for enjoying a day at the beach, hiking trails, fishing or deep-water sailing.
December’s Top 10 reasons to visit Bath:
- Historic Architecture - Take an ipod- or map-guided walking or driving tour of Bath’s historic mansions, homes and civic buildings. Maps and ipods available at the Bath Visitors Information Center, or download to your own mobile device. Click here to download.
- Shipbuilding - Visit the Maine Maritime Museum on grounds of the historic Percy and Small Shipyard for exhibits from the era of the tall ships, currently showing an exhibit on Nautical Humor.
- Craft Fairs – Leading up to the holidays local artisans take center stage downtown at Markings Gallery and Lisa-Marie’s Made-in-Maine downtown, and at old-fashioned church fairs. Click here for the full calendar of holiday events!
- Art Galleries - See the work of regional artists in juried shows and seasonal exhibits at the Chocolate Church ART Gallery, and the Centre Street Arts Gallery in downtown Bath.
- Music – Enjoy music by regional artisits from the main stage at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in a converted 1836 Gothic-Revival style church. FMI chocolatechurcharts.org.
- Beaches - Popham Beach and Reid State Parks flank the mouth of the Kennebec River with miles of sand beach, just a few miles downriver from Bath. FMI visitbath.com/community/local-attractions/popham-beach-state-park
- Hiking – take to the woods at the Thorne Head nature preserve for a short walk to Merrymeeting Bay, or an exploration of the entire 5-mile Whiskeag Trail. FMI www.visitbath.com/community/local-attractions/thorneshead-nature-preserve
- Farmers Market - Buy fresh local produce including fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, poultry, bread, pastries, cheeses, yogurt, cut flowers, plantings, soaps, yarns and fleeces. Saturday mornings, 8:30am – 12:30pm at Waterfront Park on Commercial Street.
- Shopping - Browse downtown for Clothing, Jewelry, Antiques, Books, Home Furnishings and Decor, Kitchenware, Made in Maine gifts.
- Dining - Enjoy casual or fine dining in charming settings. Whether in a historic building or on the waterfront, Bath’s restaurants continue to attract top-notch chefs.
FMI contact: Main Street Bath, 15 Commercial Street, Bath, ME 04530 Tel: 207-442-7291 Email: assistant @visitbath.com
Bath is a Main Street Maine Community