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Brunswick

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Brunswick is a coastal city in Maine along the Androscoggin River. It is home to Bowdoin College.

Understand[edit]

Visitor information[edit]

  • 1 Brunswick Visitors Center (Brunswick Station), 16 Station Ave, +1 207 721-0999. 9:30AM-6PM daily. Staffed by volunteers, this little space packs a big punch of information for new arrivals. They've got an array of pamphlets and local knowledge to help you find what you're looking for throughout the Southern Mid Coast region. The space is also the waiting area for Amtrak's Downeaster service, Brunswick is the end of the line. Free. Brunswick Maine Street Station (Q4979521) on Wikidata Brunswick Maine Street Station on Wikipedia

Get in[edit]

Map of Brunswick (Maine)

By car[edit]

Approaching from either south or north on Interstate 95, take Interstate 295 and watch for the Brunswick exits. Alternatively, old US Route 1 runs right through the city.

By bus[edit]

By train[edit]

By plane[edit]

Portland International Jetport (PWM IATA), is the nearest airport., Portland. Less than an hour's drive from Brunswick.

Wiscasset airport (ISS IATA), in Wiscasset or Merrymeeting field in Bowdoinham are the nearest public-use airports. They are less than 10 miles away from the city center of Brunswick. Personal air charter can be arranged into these airports, with Wiscasset having all-weather and 24/7/365 availability.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, just behind Park Row
This 300 year old Native American birch bark canoe is on display at the Pejebscot Historical Society
  • 1 Androscoggin Swinging Bridge, Mill St & Cushing St. 24 hours daily. This simple pedestrian suspension bridge spanning the Androscoggin River was built in 1892 for workers crossing from Topsham into Brunswick for their factory jobs. Crossing affords beautiful views of the placid river. The bridge has been rebuilt a few times, but the cables you see today are still the originals. Parks have since been created on either end, and In January 2004 the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Free. Androscoggin Swinging Bridge (Q4759536) on Wikidata Androscoggin Swinging Bridge on Wikipedia
  • 2 Bowdoin College. The oldest institute of higher education in Maine, founded in 1794. Many interesting buildings and activities. Bowdoin College (Q895401) on Wikidata Bowdoin College on Wikipedia
  • 3 Bowdoin College Museum of Art, +1 207 725-3275. Upper Park Row, Walker Art Building, at Bowdoin College. Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Q4950759) on Wikidata Bowdoin College Museum of Art on Wikipedia
  • 4 First Parish Church, Maine St, +1 207 729-7331. Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose husband was a professor at Bowdoin College, was sitting in Pew 23 of this church during a communion service when she had a vision of the death of a slave which became the pivotal element in her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin. First Parish Church (Q5453476) on Wikidata First Parish Church (Brunswick, Maine) on Wikipedia
  • 5 Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 63 Federal St, +1 207 725-5543. A National Historic Landmark, nearly 200 years old. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin here. Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Q4165282) on Wikidata Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Brunswick, Maine) on Wikipedia
  • 6 Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, 2 Potter St, +1 207 729-6606. Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum (Q6289991) on Wikidata Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum on Wikipedia
  • 7 Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, 9500 College Station, +1 207 725-3416. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 2-5PM. Hubbard Hall at Bowdoin College. Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum (Q7158400) on Wikidata Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum on Wikipedia
  • 8 Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, 159 Park Row, +1 207 729-6606. One of Maine's oldest historical organizations, maintaining three museums about the area and a extensive research collection. Pejepscot Historical Society, Maine (Q7160994) on Wikidata Pejepscot Historical Society on Wikipedia
  • 9 The Skolfield-Whittier House, 161 Park Row, +1 207 729-6606. Open during the summer only. Skolfield-Whittier House (Q7536202) on Wikidata Skolfield–Whittier House on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

One view of the Androscoggin from the Swinging Bridge
  • Androscoggin River Bicycle Path, +1 207 725-6656. Between Grover Lane and Water Street, along the Androscoggin River. A 2.5 mile-long paved path along the River with trees, granite benches, restroom facilities, and designated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians. Great for walking, jogging, bicycling, roller-blading, or skateboarding. Managed by the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Brunswick Golf Club, 165 River Rd, +1 207 725-8224. 7AM-7PM daily. Public course. $25-45.
  • The Theater Project, 14 School St, +1 207 729-8584. Community theater, June through August.
  • 1 Thomas Point Beach, 29 Meadow Rd, +1 207 725-6009. 8AM-sunset daily. A clean, sandy beach that offers picnicking, a snack bar, playgrounds for the kids, volleyball, and softball areas. See "Sleep" for campsite rentals. $4.

Hiking[edit]

These trails often pull double duty as cross country tracks during the colder months.

  • Bowdoin Pines Trail, +1 207 725-3396. Adjacent to Bowdoin College Campus. One of Maine's few remaining old-growth forests, 33-acre 'The Bowdoin Pines,' has a trail open year round for walking, jogging, bird-watching, picnicking and cross-country skiing. Dogs on leashes. No fires or camping. Information available from Bowdoin's 'Environmental Studies Program'
  • Brunswick Town Common. Starts at a parking lot in a pine grove about 2 miles south on Harpswell Road (Route 123) Comprises less than 100 acres of woodlands and bog with wide trails suitable for walking and cross-country skiing. Dogs are permitted on leash or under owners voice control. Comprises the far southwestern section of the original thousand acre "commonage" granted by the Pejepscot Proprietors in 1719. Managed by Brunswick Town Commons Planning Committee.
  • Cox Pinnacle, +1 207 725-6266. Near Hacker Road, off Durham Road. 103-acre parcel with trails for walking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and horseback riding through wooded hills, rocky ledges, and wetlands. Includes the highest point of land in Brunswick, at 350 feet, with views of the White Mountains. The trail begins with a boardwalk across the wetlands and is marked in blue.
  • Crystal Spring Farm Reserve, 277 Pleasant Hill Rd, +1 207-729-1112. Trails are located on 160-acre farm owned and maintained by the 'Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.' Forests, fields and blueberry barrens. (Maps can be found in a mailbox at the trailhead.)
  • Mid Coast Hospital Nature Trails, Medical Center Drive, off Old Bath Rd. Look for the trail entrance at the far end of the parking lot. More than 3300 feet of prepared walking paths through the forested wetlands areas between the Hospital and the protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson's Brook. More information at Hospital Information Desk.

Tours[edit]

Events[edit]

  • Androscoggin River Fish Migration: Brunswick Hydro. W-Su from 1-5PM during the spawn. If you are planning on being in the Brunswick area between mid-May and late June, be sure to visit FPL Energy's Brunswick Hydro generating station on the Androscoggin River. Here you will find a glass wall viewing room to observe the annual spawning ritual of anadromous fish heading upriver. Species such as Herring, Salmon and Smallmouth Bass make their way up a 40 foot high, 570 foot long man-made fish ladder. The viewing room can accommodate up to 20 people.
  • Maine Highland Games - August 15, 2009, 29 Meadows Road (Route 24) (Thomas Point Beach), +1 207 637-2474.
  • Brunswick Arts Festival - August 15, 2009. 3rd Annual, on the sidewalks of Maine Street in Downtown Brunswick. Numerous children's activities will line the streets; roving jugglers, face painting,art projects, dance, and music. Street performances will include theatre, dance and a variety of other artistic venues. This festival is designed to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the arts in downtown Brunswick that truly makes Brunswick a cultural destination. The Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival (BOAF) exemplifies the Brunswick Downtown Association's goals to promote cultural activities and other events that create, support, and maintain a healthy, friendly and vibrant downtown.
  • Bowdoin International Music Festival. Founded in 1964 by Robert K. Beckwith and Lewis Kaplan, the Bowdoin International Music Festival brings renowned classical musicians from around the world to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine each summer for six weeks of instruction and performance. More than 250 highly talented young performers of graduate, college, and high school levels further their artistic development through a concentrated program of instrumental study and composition with the Festival's outstanding artist faculty. The Bowdoin Festival produces seven concert series three artists' concert series, two student concert series, and two series in which students and faculty perform together, EuroFest and the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Through its concert presentations, the festival brings performers of international stature and a rich variety of musical programming to thousands of residents and summer visitors. Bowdoin International Music Festival (Q4950761) on Wikidata Bowdoin International Music Festival on Wikipedia

Buy[edit]

  • Estilo, 10 Pleasant st, +1 207 725-4091. Th-Sa 10:30AM-5:30PM, Su noon-4PM. A unique consignment boutique for women featuring fashions by JJill, Flax, Eileen Fisher, Habitat, and many others.

Eat[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under $15
Mid-range $15 - $25
Splurge Over $25
The Big Top Deli is open for business on Maine Street
Shere Punjab, purveyor of fine Indian cuisines

Budget[edit]

  • The Gelato Fiasco, 74 Maine St, +1 207 607-4002. Open 11AM-11PM. Of all the things you can eat in Brunswick, this is easily the most delicious. Artisan-style gelato made daily from traditional Italian recipes. All natural and made from scratch. Espresso and coffee also served.
  • Fat Boy Drive-In, Route 24, +1 207 729-9431. The classic old drive-in lives here, and you can eat in your car. Lights on for service. Roll up your window a bit so the waitress can hang your tray on it. Good, inexpensive classic food like burgers and onion rings.
  • Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe, 149 Maine St, +1 207 725-6287. Fantastic baked goods, specialty sandwiches, freshly baked bread, healthy snacks, take home dinners, cookies & cakes & pies, coffee & espresso, homemade soups. The works, really. Delivers to Bowdoin College. Prices are low and quality is high so expect some crowding around meal times.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • Richard's Restaurant, 115 Maine St, +1 207 729-9673. German and American cuisine. German dishes include wienerschnitzel and sauerbraten. German beer on tap. Children's menu. Live piano Saturday nights.
  • Frontier, 14 Maine St, +1 207 725-5222. Tu-Su 9AM-9PM. Outstanding cuisine from across the globe, set in a refurbished old mill overlooking the river. Go during the day for the best views, or go during the night to check out the art gallery, filmhouse, and performance space. A Brunswick original.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under $75
Mid-range $75 - $125
Splurge Over $125

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

The Brunswick Inn (left) reflected by a skating rink on the Town Mall
  • The Brunswick Hotel, 4 Noble St, +1 207 837-6565. Full Service Tavern opened seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 52 spacious rooms offering complimentary wireless internet and in-room coffee. Function space for up to 120 people. Pet friendly rooms available. $140.
  • Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, +1 207 729-4914. Bed and breakfast with 15 rooms, most in the charming 19th century house. There is some additional space in cottages on the property. Tons of period detail, antique furniture, and working fireplaces. Staff is quite friendly and helpful, and the included breakfast is chef prepared. Close to Bowdoin College, train station, and the downtown area. $150.

Connect[edit]

  • 2 Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, +1 207 725-5242. M-Th 9:30AM-8PM, F Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Su noon-4PM. Your friendly neighborhood local public library. Free. Curtis Memorial Library (Q5195833) on Wikidata Curtis Memorial Library (Brunswick, Maine) on Wikipedia
  • Bowdoin College Library, 5 College St, +1 207 725-3280. M-F 8AM-midnight, Sa Su 10AM-11PM. Offers computers and in-house use of their collections. Of course there are many more services available to registered Bowdoin students. Free.
  • Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd (Topsham), +1 207 725-1727. Tu-Th 9PM-8PM M F Sa 9AM-4PM. A community center for all ages. Free.

Go next[edit]

  • Maine Maritime Museum, premier maritime museum with working exhibits off Route 1 in Bath. Tel: +1 207 443-1316. Open year round.
  • Reid State Park and Beach, 800 acres with 1.5 miles of sandy salt-water beach in Georgetown.
  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, woods trails on the ocean only five minute drive from the center of Freeport.
  • Popham Beach State Park, spacious sandy salt-water beach in Phippsburg. Renowned for its wide, sandy beach, beautiful views and excellent swimming. Kids will love exploring the ruins of the adjacent historic Fort Popham.
  • Mast Landing Sanctuary- Upper Mast Landing Road, off Flying Point Road, in Freeport, Tel: +1 207 781-2330. Marked trails on 100 acres.
  • Josephine Newman Sanctuary, Route 127 in Georgetown, Tel: +1 207 781-2330. 2 miles of nature walks through a 119-acre preserve that is bounded by a salt marsh. Trails wind through a marsh and secluded woods along exposed ledges, ocean inlets, and a pond.
  • Morse Mountain Sanctuary, Phippsburg.
  • Thomas Point Beach
  • Eagle Island State Park (Casco Bay)
  • The Olde Stone Schoolhouse at Georgetown
  • Elijah Kellogg Church
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