Attractions in Stockton Springs
Located about three miles off U.S. Route 1 in Stockton Springs, Fort Point State Park occupies a long peninsula with panoramic views of the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay. On its 120 acres, the park features more than a mile of rocky shore, a tidal sandbar and a diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Opened in 1974, the park also includes Fort Pownall State Historic Site and the Fort Point Light Station. With waterfront picnic sites and charcoal grills, a pier, floats for fishing and boating, and access to a scenic bicycling loop, Fort Point State Park is a popular destination.
The Fort Point Light, or Fort Point Light Station, is in Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs. This light station has served as an active aid to navigation since 1835; the present lighthouse dates to 1857, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The light station consists of a lighthouse with integrated keeper’s house, a barn, an oil house, and a bell house.
Sears Island is located off the coast of Searsport at the top of Penobscot Bay. The island is the largest undeveloped, uninhabited, causeway-accessible island on the eastern coast of the United States. Sears Island is a great place to explore, with sandy beaches, plenty of skipping rocks, extensive walking trails and a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Bar Harbor is about an hour car ride east, and both Camden and Bangor are about a half hour south and north, respectively. Sears Island also offers spectacular views of Cape Jellison and Stockton Harbor.
Sandy Point Beach
Sandy Point is located on the Penobscot River, across from Verona Island. The 100-acre preserve protects the sand and gravel Sandy Point Beach for public use. You can swim, picnic and sunbathe at this pocket beach, which is tucked between rocky headlands. You can also enjoy windsurfing on this wide stretch of river. If you’re hoping to explore Stockton Harbor and midcoast Maine, this quiet beach does not disappoint!
The Stockton Springs Library offers free library membership and is located on Main Street in Stockton Springs, ME. The library is staffed by an army of local volunteers who are quick to offer help where they are able. The library hosts many wonderful events throughout the year and a summer reading program for children. Also housed in the building is the Stockton Springs Historical Society. For more information, call (207) 567-4147.
Need some structured fitness courses to stay dedicated to your routine while on vacation? Fitness is Terrific offers yoga, pilates, piyo and cardio and weight training classes at 190 Main Street in Stockton Springs. For the class schedule, call 207-469-8892.
Stockton Harbor Cruises
Enjoy beautiful sunsets, capture photos of Maine wildlife, and have an incredible and memorable experience with the entire family at Stockton Harbor Cruises. Stockton Harbor Cruises offers boat cruises and sightseeing tours of Penobscot Bay. Call Captain Melissa Thompson for more details (207) 322-5530.
Just Barb’s Traditional Maine Dinner
Just Barb’s is a small family-style restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and delicious fried clams! Just Barb’s is located at the southern corner of Main St. and Rte. 1.
Exploring Stockton Springs and midcoast Maine is an adventure in and of itself. There are many places to eat and shop in the surrounding towns of Searsport, Belfast, and Bucksport. We invite you to check Trip Advisor for more personalized suggestions.
Explore Midcoast Maine & Beyond
Belfast is located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay. The seaport’s rich history can still be admired in the antique architecture of several historic buildings.Downtown Belfast offers many unique shops, several galleries, and book stores, a green store, a brewery, and a number of great dining options. Belfast also has two great Farmer’s markets that feature local cheeses, organic produce, gluten free treats, grass fed meats and much, much more. Markets take place on Fridays and Saturdays year round. In addition, Belfast has a Harborwalk and Rail Trail for the outdoor enthusiast. Belfast is 16 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Bangor is the third most populous city in Maine, located along the Penobscot River. Bangor has a vibrant downtown area, which includes a large library, a casino, multiple micro-breweries, various restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries. Bangor also has an international airport, a large mall area, a cinema, and a variety of events during summer months, including the Waterfront Concerts, which brings world-renowned acts to the Queen City. Bangor is 40 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Camden is a famous summer colony in the midcoast region of Maine. Similar to Bar Harbor, Nantucket and North Haven, Camden is well known for its summer community of wealthy Northeasterners, mostly from Boston, New York and Philadelphia. The Camden Yacht Club, which celebrated its centennial in 2016, continues to thrive during the summer months with their unique HAJ Boat racing fleet. Downtown Camden offers a public library, various shops, coffee shops, and restaurants. Camden is about 45 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Rockland is home to the Maine Lobster Festival, a celebration held annually in honor of the town’s primary export: lobster. Rockland is also home to the Farnsworth Art Museum, a world-famous art gallery containing paintings by Andrew Wyeth and other well-known New England artists. Rockland’s main street features numerous small shops and businesses, including coffee shops, book stores, art supply stores, restaurants, organic markets, computer repair and toy stores. The city’s breakwater, built in the 19th century, offers a scenic walking path to the lighthouse. Rockland is about 1 hour away from Stockton Springs.
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island and a popular tourist destination in the Down East region of Maine. Bar Harbor’s downtown area includes a public library, various art galleries, unique shops, great restaurants, and many events open to the public during summer months. Bar Harbor is approximately 90 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Southwest Harbor, also known as the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, is located just west of the southern entrance to Somes Sound. It is the largest municipality on the southwestern side of the island, and has great shops, galleries, and eateries. Southwest Harbor is about 80 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park occupies much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Initially created as the Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, the park was renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919 and was given its current name of Acadia in 1929. Over three million people visited the park in 2016 during its centennial. The park includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. In addition to Mount Desert Island, the park comprises much of the Isle au Haut, parts of Baker Island, and a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland. Acadia National Park is 1 hour away from Stockton Springs.