The 10 Best Things to Do in Topsham, United States

January 2, 2018 Karren Gelb

Topsham is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States. The population was 8,784 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The town is home to the annual Topsham Fair.
Restaurants in Topsham

1. Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530-1638 +1 207-443-1316
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4.5 based on 532 reviews

Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in historic Bath, Maine. Indoors, visitors enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Outdoors, visitors can join a guided tour or stroll through the historic Percy & Small shipyard and see how many of the world's largest wooden sailing ships were built, learn about lobstering in the Maine, enjoy lunch under the towering sculpture of the schooner Wyoming (the largest wooden sailing vessel built in North America), watch wooden boats being built in the Boatshop, or play on a pirate ship. May through October, visitors can get an up-close view of the area's lighthouses and spectacular scenery on daily cruises, learn the story of Bath Iron Works from shipyard insiders, and tour the Victorian-era home of the Donnell shipbuilding family. Open year round.

Reviewed By Maurene_K - Dover, New Hampshire

The Maine Maritime Museum was about a 10-minute drive from the Days Inn in Brunswick where I stayed.

On my Saturday morning visit, the museum had several visitors but was not crowded.

This museum had grown considerably since my last visit in the early 2000’s. Even the cruise boat used in the boating seasons is bigger. The quality of the exhibits was excellent.

I watched the two videos first. Both were tied into two main parts of the museum. The first was “Percy & Small Shipyard” which told the story of the huge six-masted schooners built there. The second was “Keeper” which related to the “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience” exhibit. I thought that both were very well done.

Then, I went through all the indoor exhibits. The outdoor exhibits and buildings were closed due to weather conditions.

A Maritime History of Maine
This permanent exhibit was the center of the museum. It summarized Maine’s maritime history with respect to all aspects of life along Maine’s coast ~ from wooden and steel shipbuilding, trade, and war to commercial and recreational fishing as well as travel. Maine’s maritime history spans 400 years.

A Shipyard in Maine: Percy & Small and the Great Schooners
This permanent outdoor exhibit was closed due to winter weather conditions, but a lot could be seen from inside the museum and from the parking lot. The video refreshed my memory on that exhibit.
The Percy & Small Shipyard is the only intact shipyard in the country which built large wooden sailing vessels with four, five, and six masts. Giant six-masted schooners were built here. Its largest ship, the Wyoming, is represented in frame form on the grounds. It was the largest wooden vessel built in the United States. The exhibit covers the period from 1894 to 1920.

Distant Lands of Palm and Spice: Maine Ships and Mariners in Deepwater Commerce
This permanent exhibit showed Bath’s participation in trade to and from distant lands as well as Bath’s influence on domestic and international commerce in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I particularly liked this exhibit for the many models and oil paintings of commercial ships from that era.

Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience
This new permanent exhibit is what brought me to revisit the museum. The exhibit had been viewed and favorably reviewed by two members of the American Lighthouse Foundation ~ historian Jeremy D’Entremont and Director Bob Trapani. Quotes from their reviews were posted on the museum’s website on the page for the exhibit.
Here, the museum duplicated the tower and lantern room of the Cape Elizabeth Two Lights lighthouse. It was a great experience to see the original second-order Fresnel lens from the east tower at Two Lights. Also, through projected video, I experienced the panoramic views of the Gulf of Maine as seen from the lantern room.
This was a unique exhibit. I thought that it alone was worth the price of admission.

Pull Together: Maritime Maine in the 1914-1918 Great War
This current exhibit chronicled the shipbuilding in the City of Bath that contributed to the national effort during WW I. There were several sections in the exhibit. The museum was fortunate enough to have a painting of the USS Allen (DD-65), one of the US Navy ships built in Bath. It was a Sampson class destroyer.

Shipshape: Decoration and Advertising in the Merchant Fleet
This current exhibit illustrated the importance of a commercial merchant ship’s appearance was to differentiate one shipping company’s ships from another’s by using flags, distinctive carvings, and paint color combinations.

The gift shop had a wide variety of merchandise from magnets with six-masted ships to clothing and collectibles.

I spent almost 3 hours here.

I rate Maritime Maine Museum at 5.0. I highly recommend a visit.

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2. Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME +1 207-725-3000
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5 based on 103 reviews

Bowdoin College

This small, elite college is located in Brunswick.

Reviewed By RocMom4 - Rochester, New York

Beautiful campus to walk around! There is an art gallery and various events open to the public. Check their schedule online before your visit. A map can also be found online.

3. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

426 Wolfes Neck Rd, Freeport, ME 04032-5323 +1 207-865-4465
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4.5 based on 354 reviews

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Maine state park that offers a scenic walk along Casco Bay.

Reviewed By Janet D

We visited on a cool, sunny fall day when conditions were perfect for walking and enjoying the water views. It was too late in the season to see any ospreys, but the island nesting site was visible from the shore. We encountered a number of other visitors, some of whom were jogging, others walking a dog, and some who were there hoping for great pictures. It's a beautiful area.

4. Seaspray Kayaking

419 State Rd, West Bath, ME 04530-6243
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Seaspray Kayaking

Reviewed By pvnipper - Kansas City

We stay in Georgetown on Gotts Cove and order our kayaks every year from Seaspray.They have excellent service and deliver them right to our dock . They also rent life jackets. We like the recreational model which has been fine for kakyaking around Five Islands. They also have the sea model for a bit more.They are very busy so I would suggest ordering early. The staff is a wealth of information if you need assistance. .

5. Androscoggin Swinging Bridge

Bridge Street and Mill Street, Topsham, ME 04011
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Androscoggin Swinging Bridge

Reviewed By terrifurniss - Dunnellon, Florida

there is free parking, but it can be a hassle. must be patient. if you are looking for a fantastic view, this is not the place. if you are in to something historical, then i suggest you see this. originally built in 1892 and later restored, it does swing when people walk on it. not scary though. small beach to walk & explore.

6. Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk

Topsham, ME 04086 +1 207-837-6187
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk

A popular walking and hiking trail.

Reviewed By JLeisMom - Maine

A little gem in the middle of the city. Good fishing and a tidal mud/sand flat to fish off of, or you can choose to brave fishing on the (slippery) rocks.

7. Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

226 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011-3303 +1 207-729-6606
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

The home of the former governor of Maine and president of Bowdoin College.

Reviewed By Roycethevoice - Connecticut

Interesting to those of us who know a little about this man of significant historical importance, who was also a man of character. The tour spends more time on his back ground outside of the Civi. War, which is quite interesting.

8. Smitty's Cinema

65 Topsham Fair Mall Rd, Topsham, ME 04086-1762 +1 207-721-0212
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4 based on 16 reviews

Smitty's Cinema

Reviewed By Michael Wagner A

My husband and I had been to Smitty's numerous times. We had mostly positive experiences: the only issue had ever been timing of the wait staff and food delivery. Small issue, because of the dinner and a movie model, seems to have been fixed. The staff are always smiling and friendly, and I highly recommend the burgers. Besides your own home, where else can you see a movie, have a great burger, and have a cocktail all at once?
We decided to have my graduation party at a movie theater and show my favorite movie ("Beyond Rangoon, 1995, starring Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette), and looked into Smitty's. Shayna and Tucker made the process incredibly smooth, fun, collaborative, and without any headaches. We were able to bring any decorations we wanted, brought the film in to test it, and both Shayna and Tucker were 100% responsive, accommodating, and personable.
The actual event went off without a hitch. Our waitress, Savannah, was sweet and professional, and because there were about 20 guests with different needs, was given a real workout. She did an incredible job and was always smiling.
Guests enjoyed popcorn, candy, soda, ordered meals and cocktails, had incredible gluten free strawberries and cream cake, and we all relaxed to the movie. Not having seen the movie in theaters since 1995, it really took me back, the movie looked and sounded great (from a DVD no less!), and it was all in all a wonderful experience.
Thank you to all involved at Smitty's for a truly wonderful graduation party experience, and I highly encourage anyone who reads this to check out Smitty's and consider having a party there. I promise you it will be much easier than planning a dinner out with friends or planning a wedding! =P

9. Maine State Music Theatre

1 Bath Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011-2527 +1 207-725-8769
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Maine State Music Theatre

Reviewed By Robb L - Winthrop, Maine

We have subscribed to the MSMT for several years now. Lately the productions they have chosen have been top notch. Just saw Guys and Dolls, which was excellent! Some of the other great productions have been Les Miserable, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, etc. I love the older classics. Sets, costumes, and the small intimate setting makes these 4 summer productions one of the highlights of our summer.

10. Freeport Shopping Outlets

Freeport, ME
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4 based on 417 reviews

Freeport Shopping Outlets

A mile of shopping outlets including such stores as L.L. Bean, Ralph Lauren, Patagonia, Clinique, Totes and many more.

Reviewed By HotelYSJ

We have done Black Friday Shopping in Bangor and Augusta the last few years. This year we started our shopping in Freeport. We started at midnight and shopped for a few hours. It was a very festive atmosphere. It was not over crowded like the malls.

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