Top 10 Things to do in Wiscasset, United States

December 13, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Wiscasset is a town in and the seat of Lincoln County, Maine, United States. The municipality is located in the state of Maine's Mid Coast region. The population was 3,732 as of the 2010 census. Home to the Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset is a tourist destination noted for early architecture.
Restaurants in Wiscasset

1. Monkey C Monkey Do

698 Bath Rd, Wiscasset, ME 04578-4824 +1 207-882-6861
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Monkey C Monkey Do

Monkey C Monkey Do is Maine's Premier Aerial Adventure Park which features over 50 climbing elements, 6 Zip Lines and a 35 ft Giant Swing. It's unique design makes it suitable for children as young as four with higher elements challenging enough for the most adventurous teen or college student. Group rates and team building packages are available, and reservations are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Operating season is from early to mid-May through Mid-October.

Reviewed By 5mirzaians - Madison, New Jersey

We LOVE this place! From the first time to the 10th visit, it hasn't lost its appeal. The kids from ages 5-17 all find fun and challenge here. The work together to complete the levels and I think learn a lot. No one is fighting - everyone is cheering you on. The staff is amazing. The owner is super cool and always friendly. The grown-ups have a blast too! There are 3 levels, zip lines everywhere, bungee drop, and a back woods course. They also add new elements every year to keep things fresh. It's a unique place. You get a 2 hour time slot. Go early.

2. Fort Edgecomb State Historical Site

66 Fort Rd, Edgecomb, ME 04556-3007 +1 207-882-7777
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4 based on 37 reviews

Fort Edgecomb State Historical Site

Reviewed By Maurene_K - Dover, New Hampshire

We arrived at Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site about 10:30 AM. We put our non-resident fees in the collection box.

At the crest of the hill, we saw that there was some kind of school or church outing for youngsters. They were about 25 feet below us. They were fairly quiet. We got to tour the fort without disruption.

The site atop a hill provided a great strategic vantage point for a fort and great scenic views for visitors today.

We enjoyed reading about the fort’s history on the interpretative info boards. We learned:
Nearby Wiscasset was a very busy international shipping trade port until the Embargo Act in 1807. Concerned about the English Navy invading American ports, Secretary of War Henry Dearborn authorized the fort. It was built on Davis Island in the Sheepscot River from1808 to 1809 to defend Wiscasset. During the War of 1812, the English ship-of-the-line Bulwark and a flotilla patrolled the New England coast in 1814. In response, the earthwork fortification Fort McDonough was built on the other side of the river at Clough Point on Westport Island. In June 1814, English ships came up the river, but turned back when they heard alarm guns and pealing bells alerting the local militia. The English did attack a small militia at Fowles Point on Westport Island and robbed a few houses downriver.

Today, just the Blockhouse and Semi-Circular Earthwork remain. Only approximate locations are known for the Storehouse, East Barracks, and West Barracks. The Brick Kitchen, was razed.

Today, there are numerous picnic tables down near the river and east of the Earthwork.

The blockhouse was pretty good condition. Hundreds of people had defaced the blockhouse by carving their names into the boards. Some were likely by local militia, but many were from just plain old vandalism. The gun loops were open so one could see what a soldier at the fort would see when taking aim with a rifle.

This attraction barely made a 4.0 rating with us.

We recommend a visit to the fort for the history, the commanding view of the river and the picnic area.

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3. Split Rock Distilling

16 Osprey Point Rd, Newcastle, ME 04553-3962 +1 207-563-2669
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5 based on 15 reviews

Split Rock Distilling

Reviewed By Boston-Travel-Diva - Boston, MA

The highlight of a drizzly day. Nothing better to warm you up than sampling Maine crafted bourbon! We had a fascinating visit at Split Rock Stilling and learned they are the first (and only) fully organic distillery in Maine - sourcing their ingredients from local New England farms. Highlights included their very popular Organic Blueberry Vodka and Horseradish Vodka that was inspired by nearby Damariscotta River oysters - what a pairing. Got to try their signature cocktail on a warm summer day - blueberry vodka and lemonade!

4. Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum

97 Cross Rd, Alna, ME 04535-3400 +1 207-882-4193
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5 based on 39 reviews

Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum

The WW&F Railway Museum: “Rebuilding Maine History” Maine’s Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington (WW&F) Railway was a two-foot “narrow” gauge common carrier railroad that operated from 1894 until 1933. The line ran from Wiscasset in the south, to Albion and Winslow in the north, never making it to either Waterville or Farmington. The Great Depression brought about the railroad’s scrapping in 1937. The WW&F Railway Museum was founded in 1989 to restore and rebuild the original railroad. Today you can climb aboard our train for a ride back in time. Trains depart our Sheepscot station in Alna, Maine on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend at 10:30AM, 12:00PM, 1:30PM, and 3:00PM. Outside of that season, during the Spring and Fall, trains are Saturdays-Only at 10:30AM, 12:00PM, and 1:30 PM.

Reviewed By Tim S - Allamuchy, New Jersey

Around the turn of the 20th Century there were a group of 2 foot gauge railroads unique to Maine. The WW&F is the place to go to understand and enjoy the sights and sounds of this history. They are always growing and improving and expanding...MoreWe're glad that you enjoyed your visit; please come again!

5. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Off Barters Island Road, Boothbay, ME 04537 +1 207-633-8000
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder on 270 acres of shorefront in mid-coast Maine. Strolling through spectacular ornamental gardens and traversing miles of waterfront and woodland trails, visitors are delighted by the beautiful plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls and fountains, and scenic views. It's no wonder the Gardens have been hailed as one of Maine's top three attractions. The Gardens are open 9-5 April 15 - October 31 (open until 6 pm in July and August). There is a cafe and gift shop on site. A visit at any time is a memorable experience.

Reviewed By islandfoodie04679 - Southwest Harbor, Maine

What a gorgeous evening......and so well organized. The nine of us had a fabulous time.
No problem parking which was perfectly timed to grab the shuttle. Lots of places to get warmed up (and activities for little ones which we did not have with us). Hot cocoa station and Kettle Corn station are a nice touch.
So much to see and experience as one meanders the well marked walkways. A plethora of colors of lights, styles and patterns including under ice!
Just please be smart and dress warmly. Be prepared....layer up, use hand and toe warmers, gloves, hats and scarves. I could not believe how many people I saw wearing shorts or Jean jackets and then complaining!?! Well duh! lol
Truly was a magical evening for any age. I would highly recommend attending during the holiday season.

6. Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe

158 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543-4670 +1 207-563-3207
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe

Reviewed By astro005 - Rockland, Maine

I stop in each time I visit Damariscotta. I go for the Mocha Latte. While in line I usually spot some baked item that is screaming to be eaten. I'd rather not attempt to eat and drink while walking the sidewalks, especially during tourist season. So, I find a seat to use the wi-fi for a bit. When done I always walk around the book shop. I always find something interesting, though I don't always buy something.

There are tables outside when it's warm enough. A big draw for me is to be inside near the large front windows to watch the snow come down from within the cozy comfort of the cafe.

The combination of a quality cafe and book store under the same roof is not common in small town Maine. Stop in. Take your time. Observe us locals. Perhaps we can inspire you to write.

6 Eagle Lodge Ln, Dresden, ME 04342-3611 +1 207-737-2781
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5 based on 37 reviews

Tandem Glass Gallery & Studio

Tandem Glass is a Gallery & Hand Blown Glass Studio centrally located in Mid-Coast Maine. This 2000 square foot timber frame salt box barn offers a unique opportunity to walk into the creative working lives of two glass artists with 30 years experience in Studio art glass. Known for their unique work Terrill & Charlie Jenkins have been working in glass for 30 years. Working together as Tandem they are known for their functional bright playful "mosaic" line of work. Expect to see: masterfully crafted, imaginative, inspired work. Love of vivid color and form is evident in even the most humble cup. Tandem Glass ships, accepts credit cards and for the price conscious: make sure to ask about the "moody artist special". Call ahead to confirm your visit! Regular summer hours otherwise by chance or appointment. Large Studio tours & hand blown glass demonstrations by appointment only.

Reviewed By Geri E

We were in the Freeport area on vacation in September and stopped in the visitor center for some recommendations for things to see and do. A gentleman that worked there recommended Tandem Glass.... He couldn't say enough about people who owned this shop and their...MoreHi Geri! Thank You So Much ! I had such a great time with you two. I loved our conversation about collecting art! So Happy to have met you and looking forward to your next visit. XOXOXO!

8. Castle Tucker

2 Lee St, Wiscasset, ME 04578-4121 +1 207-882-7169
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Castle Tucker

1807 mansion maintained by Historic New England; extraordinary furnishings and design details.

Reviewed By Etsie - New Hampshire

We had a fantastic guide on our visit - totally knowledgeable about the house, the family and all of the history which was fascinating
The house itself is very interesting in design and how it was built. Most interesting central stairway we have ever come across.
Great view of the harbor as well. The surrounding neighborhood is worth seeing as well.

9. Boothbay Railway Village

586 Wiscasset Rd, Route 27, Boothbay, ME 04537-4627 +1 207-633-4727
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4.5 based on 202 reviews

Boothbay Railway Village

We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an vintage steam or diesel locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a collection of 60 antique autos. When you visit the Museum you'll learn about how technologies like steam engines and the automobile changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. In addition to the opportunity to ride in a vintage coach behind a vintage locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of our Ford Model Ts. Two of our most popular attractions are the resident goats who delight visitors of all ages with their antics. From a display of hundreds of salt & pepper shakers to a collection of engines that powered everything from small boats to whole factories, there truly is something for everyone in your family here. Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals. The Museum is also a unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Reviewed By Witch41 - Durham, New Hampshire

Took the day for this visit. Interesting but the Village needs a lot of work. Arrived as an exhibition of stone sculptures was being done. This fascinated my granddaughter the most. Very short train ride. Liked the antique car exhibition the best. Called ahead and so took a picnic lunch and the picnic area was pleasant.

10. Glidden Point Oyster Farms

637 River Rd, Edgecomb, ME 04556-3443 +1 207-315-7066
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Glidden Point Oyster Farms

Reviewed By Travelling2havefun - Dade City, Florida

This place has the best oysters. Even has tables to sit and enjoy if you like. The selects are HUGE! and tasty. Great lobsters and steamers too. Family owned and operated. They ship too.

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