- Our list of the best things to do in Castine, Maine, features the top 148 nearby activities — including 96 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Castine, ME has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Places, Water Activities, and Sights & Landmarks.
- The results below include the top 12 things to do within the city of Castine, ME , followed by 136 popular activities in nearby cities, including Camden, Belfast, Rockland, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Rockport, Stonington, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Trenton, Vinalhaven, Searsport, Blue Hill, Lincolnville, Port Clyde, Rangeley and Bass Harbor
Castine Kayak Adventures offers kayaking instruction, day trips, overnight trips, and sales. Yankee Magazine and DownEast Magazine have awarded the company for having the best night paddles, known as bioluminescent paddles.
Guldive Cruises offers two-hour excursions, sunset cruises, and specialty cruises at various locations along the Atlantic coast, and the Caribbean. The vessel that they use is 56 feet long, weigh 46 tons, and was designed by William Hand Jr.
The Wilson Museum features exhibits to help people understand the growth of man's ability to make tools from the Paleolithic times to the Native Americans. Visitors see rocks, shells, ship models, reconstructed 1905 kitchen, and a Victorian Parlor.
Visitors can learn about the history of Castine at the Castine Historical Society by looking at maps, photographs, artifacts, essays, and books, particularly about the Penobscot Expedition, a Revolutionary War battle. The facility also hosts special exhibits on a regular basis.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many families used Castine, Maine, as their vacation destination, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Visitors to Main Street can see many restored buildings where small businesses and art galleries are located.
Castine Historical Handworks is a quaint gift shop that celebrates traditional craftsmen and artists from the local areas in and around New England. Jewelry, photography, bird carvings, metal work, and fruit preserves are amongst the many offerings.