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You’re welcome to come and spend a quiet week just relaxing, but if you want something interesting, stimulating or educational to do while you’re here, you can choose from among a variety of activities. Families with children of all ages can enjoy a whale-watching trip aboard the one of the two schooners based here (Eastport Windjammers, or can charter a smaller boat for a deep-water fishing trip within sight of land. Sights to see within Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays include the Old Sow whirlpool, half a dozen lighthouses, eagles, seals, porpoises and so much more. Back onshore, you can go to the Saturday Farmers’ Market (held indoors on rainy days) across from the Eastport Arts Center, for fresh local produce and to hear music performed by the Eastport Strings, our youth string orchestra. You can walk the rocky beaches looking for treasures like sea glass and shells. Raye’s Mustard offers tours of its 1903 mill that produces 19 varieties of gourmet mustard. Historic Eastport is on view at the Barracks Museum on Washington Street and at several other sites (Border Historical Society. If you enjoy hiking, there are several trails at Shackford Head State Park, all with beautiful ocean views.

A bit farther south, Cobscook Bay State Park offers hiking trails and campsites. Other attractions include St. Croix Island International Historic Site commemorating the arrival of the first French settlers in North America in 1604, the Devil’s Head Conservation Area in Calais with views over the St. Croix River to the New Brunswick shore, the Reversing Falls Park in Pembroke, Gleason Cove in Perry that offers a boat launch ramp and picnic tables, the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge whose two sections span more than 24,000 acres of trails and guided walks, and the West Quoddy Head State Park with hiking, beachcombing and picnicking and the iconic lighthouse. Just across Passamaquoddy Bay and accessible by car ferry and road is the Roosevelt Campobello International Park on Campobello Island, New Brunswick. The ferry will also take you to Deer Island, New Brunswick, a pleasant 15-minute ride with the chance to see the whirlpool, whales and other marine life. If you’re into geo-caching there are several sites in the area.