6 Best Winter Activities in Bath, ME
Do you live in Bath, Maine, or are you visiting?
Hopefully, you’re OK with the cold if you’re visiting during winter. Our winters get below freezing, with plenty of snow. You can enjoy outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding, but for this list, we wanted to focus on places you could visit to get out of the cold.
Maine Maritime Museum
One of the most popular destinations in Bath is the Maine Maritime Museum on Main Street.
Dress in warm clothes, as the museum is indoors and outdoors. Indoors you’ll find many exhibits and historic artifacts, and outside the museum features a shipyard and 19th-century buildings.
There are boats from different eras, interactive exhibits, and more. Check out the Victorian house onsite as well as a full-size sculpture of the old ship Wyoming. Sometimes, you can take a boat tour on the Kennebec River, weather permitting.
Chocolate Church Arts Center
Opened as a cultural non-profit in 1977, Chocolate Church Arts Center serves Bath as a visual and performing arts venue. This is a great place to get out of the snow and enjoy gallery exhibits, live music, workshops, lectures, and theatrical performances.
Before opening as a cultural center, this enormous building was an actual church. Now, because of the warm browns in which it is painted, it’s known as Chocolate Church. The site has a limit of 300 people.
Maine’s First Ship
Want to learn more about Bath’s maritime past? Then we suggest visiting Maine’s First Ship.
Yes, this is the first ship built in the state back in 1607. While the ship is technically a reconstruction, you can see how the original was built, including the skeleton. Since this exhibit is free, you can head over on any wintry day and learn about the ship, the history of the area, and more.
Pairing Maine Craft Beer and Iconic Foods
Maine is home to more than 150 craft breweries.
With so many breweries in the state, you’ll have plenty of guided brewery and food tours to choose from.
This one costs $60 and will let you sample various beers and iconic local food like whoopie pies, lobster rolls, bean-hole beans, and more.
The 90-minute session will also teach you how to better pair beer with various foods, a skill you can use during any dinner beyond your trip to Bath. These classes take place at Maine Tasting Center in nearby Wiscasset.
Green Lion Gallery
At the studio known as Green Lion Gallery, local artists get to exhibit their work. So, if you love art, this is a wonderful place to visit. You’ll find an ever-changing variety of handmade prints. These are for sale and present an opportunity to purchase original gifts for the holidays.
If you’d like to see how they make their prints, stay for a live printing demonstration.
Interested in more local arts and crafts, and maybe in purchasing some holiday gifts? Then stop by Markings Gallery on Front Street. Local artists share a wide variety of art here including jewelry, paintings, clay pottery, wooden carvings, leather bags, and a lot more. If you want to stop by just to admire the art, that’s fine, or you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. You can even make an appointment to get a tour. Join their mailing list at the bottom of their homepage to keep abreast of events and news.
Do you need a place to keep those gifts before the holidays, or perhaps somewhere to store your off-season wardrobe?