The Schoodic region offers visitors an opportunity to see downeast Maine without a clutter of t-shirt shops and tourist traps. Here are some activities you can pursue:
Visit the Schoodic Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for some great suggestions.
- Scenic touring: As you travel the 27 mile Schoodic Byway you will see tidal falls that reverse direction every six hours, historical architecture, piers piled high with lobster traps, clammers working knee-deep in tidal mud flats, and a very scenic portion of Acadia National Park.
- Outdoor recreation: There are many places to fish by boat or from the shore, you can rent a bicycle or kayak to tour Acadia National Park and surroundings and stay in one of many local area campgrounds. Bicycle and kayak guides are available. Hunting is a popular late-autumn sport.
Check out Frenchman Bay Conservancy's map of short hikes or visit their website for more information about their facilities.
- Heritage and lighthouse touring: Historians and architects will be delighted by the preserved rural character of the Schoodic area. There are more than 20 lighthouses in downeast Maine and some of the most noteworthy can be found right here. Heritage visitors not only get to see historic architecture like the Stone Store on Route 1 and the West Gouldsboro Village Library on Route 186, but can even live it. Several local inns and bed and breakfasts are themselves registered restored historic buildings recognized in Downeast and Yankee magazines.
- Gifts and galleries: There are no shopping malls or retail franchises here. Our businesses are locally owned, and offer a wide range of locally produced arts, crafts, food and gift items. You can browse country stores, art galleries and antique shops along the way, buy bread from local bakers, and sample the catch-of-the-day. In July and August you are likely to see artists at work at the Schoodic Arts for All Festival and other events.