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Bath & Phippsburg

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You can explore Bath's shipbuilding and seafaring history at the Maine Maritime Museum, which features its own working shipyard complete with boat-building demonstrations and guided kayak or lighthouse tours. On Front Street, you can stroll along brick sidewalks and shop under 19th-century reproduction streetlights. You can watch a performance at the Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center or the Studio Theatre of Bath. At Thorne Head Preserve, you can see the vernal pools, tidal wetlands and forests of the Kennebec River estuary. During the summer, you can visit Bath's riverside Farmer's Market along Commercial Street.

In Phippsburg, which is located just south of Bath, you can visit Popham Beach, a wide, sandy beach that is a popular spot to cool off in the summer. Just around the corner is the site of the 1607 Popham Colony, the first English settlement in New England and one of the first in America. The colony failed after about a year, but provided important lessons to settlers who came later. You can walk the slight incline along the nearby path to Fort Baldwin's concrete observation tower to view Morse Mountain and the Kennebec River all the way to Casco Bay.

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