Pemaquid Beach

Among the thousands of miles of Maine coastline, a small percentage of the shore contains sandy beaches. These Maine beaches are regarded as jewels and are popular destinations when the weather is warm. In Mid Coast Maine's Lincoln County, Pemaquid Beach is one of these coastal jewels boasting fine, white sand. Beachgoers flock to this quarter-mile stretch of sand to soak in the sun, go surfing, build sandcastles, and swim.

Pemaquid Beach Park long has been a favorite of families. Visitor amenities, including changing rooms and hot showers, help keep a day at the beach fun and comfortable. A snack bar serves typical lunch favorites like salads, burgers, and cold drinks, and the retail store is well stocked with beach essentials.Visitors will find they have plenty of room to stretch out on the white sand, and the texture feels particularly wonderful on bare feet, especially when heated by the sun. Whether they're playing volleyball, swimming in the surf, making a sand castle, enjoying a picnic, or reading a book while peeking at the scenery, beach-goers will be sure to enjoy the their time at Popham Beach. Bathhouses and fresh-water showers are available for visitor comfort.

Pemaquid Beach is an excellent place to savor the views of the coastline, the Atlantic Ocean, interesting rock formations, and Pemaquid Beach. This lighthouse, which Mainers chose to represent them on the state quarter, still stands as a proud example of local history. The light tower is open for tours, as is the Fishermen's Museum. The surrounding parklands are a perfect place for a stroll and a picnic, all along the beautiful coastline.

Along with soaking in the sun and the views, visitors have a chance to learn about the unique environment of coastal Maine at Beachcomber's Rest. The nature center located in the Pemaquid Beach pavilion, which opened in 2003, offers a variety of interactive exhibits designed to foster an appreciation of the local environment. A partnership of the Pemaquid Watershed Association and Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission, the nature center is open daily in the summer and hosts special events throughout the year.

Staff members and volunteers lead guided beach walks, visits to the nearby tide pool, and art classes. Beachcomber's Rest also hosts a touch tank every week in the summer. Visitors can step up to the tank and experience firsthand many of the plants and animals found in the waters of Pemaquid Beach. Visitors are encouraged to draw, photograph, gently handle the marine life, and talk about what they see. The Gulf of Maine Foundation and the Darling Marine Center provide the animals that help make this exciting experience possible.

Admission to Beachcomber's Rest is free as are the programs, although visitors do need to pay the nominal fee to enter Pemaquid Beach Park.

The Pemaquid Watershed Association also sponsors a variety of other places in and around the area, including four nature preserves, kayaking, nature trails, and more. The Bristol Recreation Area, popular for cross-country skiing and hiking, is surrounded by towering red oaks.

In addition to Pemaquid Beach Park and Beachcomber's Rest, Bristol Parks watches over a number of other beautiful places as well. The Swimming Hole at Bristol Dam, the Moxie Cove Picnic Area, and the boat launch are other places to enjoy Mid Coast Maine.

Bristol and surrounding communities are home to a variety of hotels, campgrounds, and resorts. Reservations at Maine beach hotels mean that visitors have a comfortable place to relax after a long day of sun and fun. A little further south, travelers will find a variety of other beaches to enjoy, such as the York Beaches, Old Orchard Beach, and others, all a nice complement to time at Pemaquid Beach.

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