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Things to do in Castine

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lodging
“Great food. And the best bar on the Maine coast. Owner worked in state department and has a huge collection of memorabilia from all over the world. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“*SO SORRY CURRENTLY CLOSED & LOOKING FOR NEW OWNERS .. 15 SEA ST* Our favorite place in Castine for lunch (other than Markels) and for dinner is the seasonally open Formerly The Wharf. The restaurant is now called 15 Sea St. They have very friendly staff..even when it's busy!..and their food is wonderful! They have a good selection of fish options, crab cakes and of course the obligatory lobster rolls but they have a killer haddock sandwich which we always order with a slice of cheddar...mmmm! Their burgers are also excellent! They occasionally have live music but the absolute best thing about The Wharf is the setting!!! The Wharf has the most amazing waterside deck with incredible views! Sit and sip as sailboats glide by! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
“Meet all the locals. Coffee, bake goods and sandwiches. Will pack a picnic lunch for you. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Nature
“This is one of the oldest operating lighthouses in Maine. The point on which it sits affords expansive views up and down Penobscot Bay.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Take a nighttime kayak to see the bioluminescence in the water under the dark night skies. Highly recommended. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“Located on the town common, the Historical Society is full of information about Castine and the pennisula. A must see, to learn the history of Castine.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“The private collection of the Wilson Family, world travelers during the early 19th century. Free to check out and highly recommended! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
General College & University
“There are many sights to see in Castine, just 30 miles directly south of the Cottage. The Maine Maritime Academy is there, along with museums, old fort sites, old graveyards, and great restaurants, views and tourist spots. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Pub food, open every day 4pm-10pm, year round. If you're running late arriving in Castine or returning from the day's adventure, this may be your only option in Castine.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Go for a hike into Witherlee Woods, Battle Ave. Beautiful pine trees and lovely view at the end of your hike!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Also known as the Back Shore Beach. Beautiful sunsets, picnics, swimming, paddle board, sun bathing, check out tidal pools at low tide. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Take a two hour sailing excursion aboard the beautiful Guildive. Leaves from Dennett’s Wharf Restaurant daily at 10, 12:30, 3:30 ($45) and sunset 6pm ($50).”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A challenging links course, CGC also offers four HarTru tennis courts as well as junior clinics and competitions in both golf and tennis. Lessons are available for all levels.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“A beautiful dinning room in an old Bar Harbor type "cottage". A bit removed from the center of town. Pub room is fun and you can order a burger to a full course meal. Dinning room is for larger party's and a bit more formal. If you have a group ask to eat in the library. The Manor is known for their Crab cakes. Great menu and full service. Reservations recommended. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
School
“Viewing the Maine Maritime ship in the beautiful town of Castine is a great way to spend an afternoon. Getting a tour of the boat gives insight into the life of maritime graduates out on the ocean, and the town of Castine provides vistas, beaches, restaurants and cafes, and more.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Windmill Hill Gardens is a great little place the foodie will enjoy! For such a small place they have a nice selection of wine, baked goods, veggies, and gourmet staples as well as some frozen entree options. Their frozen locally made Chicken pot pie is delicious as are their breads and occasional smoked baby back ribs! They hydroponically grow greens in there! So interesting! They also have a nice small gifts offering. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“*SO SORRY CURRENTLY CLOSED & LOOKING FOR NEW OWNERS .. 15 SEA ST* Our favorite place in Castine for lunch (other than Markels) and for dinner is the seasonally open Formerly The Wharf. The restaurant is now called 15 Sea St. They have very friendly staff..even when it's busy!..and their food is wonderful! They have a good selection of fish options, crab cakes and of course the obligatory lobster rolls but they have a killer haddock sandwich which we always order with a slice of cheddar...mmmm! Their burgers are also excellent! They occasionally have live music but the absolute best thing about The Wharf is the setting!!! The Wharf has the most amazing waterside deck with incredible views! Sit and sip as sailboats glide by! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“A beautiful dinning room in an old Bar Harbor type "cottage". A bit removed from the center of town. Pub room is fun and you can order a burger to a full course meal. Dinning room is for larger party's and a bit more formal. If you have a group ask to eat in the library. The Manor is known for their Crab cakes. Great menu and full service. Reservations recommended. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We LOVE this place!! It’s so fun! Delicious food that can be eaten right there on the Wharf at the picnic tables, al fresco, or if it’s busy there, why not take your goodies to Fort Madison or Wadsworth Cove for a picnic! Their lobster rolls are scrumptious and their fish sandwiches and burgers are great, too! Bon apetit!! 😊”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Downtown on the corner! Ice cream, pastries and family styled dinners in the evenings. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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