Brunswick was originally called Pejepscot which referred to the rocky rapids that are part of the Pejepscot River. In 1676 the town burned to the ground and remained in ruins until it was partially reconstructed during the King Williams War. Now Brunswick is home to Bowdoin College, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Mid Coast Hospital; one of Maine's newest full-service hospitals, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, The Theater Project, and the Maine State Music Theatre making this mid coast Maine town dynamic and lively.
Sites and Attractions
- Brunswick Maine Street Station
- The Theater Project
- Bowdoin College
- Bowdoin College Museum of Art
- Downtown Brunswick
- Maine State Music Theatre
- Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
- Pejepscot Historical Society
- Tontine Mall
- The Farmer’s Market
Places to Eat
- Henry and Marty’s Fine Dining
- Brunswick Diner
- Lemongrass Vietnamese Restaurant
- The Great Impasta
- Wild Oats Bakery and Café
- Frosty’s Donut and Coffee Shop
- Richards German Cuisine
- Little Dog Coffee Shop
- Scarlet Begonias
- Fat Boys Drive-In
- Little Tokyo
- Bangkok Garden
- El Camino
- Frontier Cafe & Cinema
- Big Top Deli
- Bombay Mahal
- The Gelato Fiasco
- Little Saigon
- Flipside Pizza
- Trattoria Athena
- Aki Hibachi Grill
- Mike’s Seafood
- China Rose
- Cameron’s Lobster House Drive-In
- Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shop
- ...... and the list goes on. Brunswick is a great place to dine.
Places to Stay
From historic to econimic Brunswick is a hospitable town.
- Travelers Inn
- Knights Inn
- Comfort Inn
- Days Inn
- Fairfield Inn
- Brunswick Hotel and Tavern
- The Daniel Stone Inn
Conserved Areas, Recreation & Trails
- Androscoggin River Bike Path. The Bike Path is a paved bicycle and pedestrian path along the Androscoggin River. 14 feet wide and 2.6 miles long this path offers scenic views of the river, resting spots under the trees and an excellent, outdoor exercise location.
- Bay Bridge Landing Wetland Park. This park features a 3/10 of a mile walking path along a section of Merrymeeting Bay with interpretive signage and a small, year-round boat launch.
- Coffin's Ice Pond & Recreational Area. Coffin's Ice Pond is a 6 acre pond surrounded by popular trails systems connecting the town common's trail network and Bowdoin College. Seasonal recreation opportunities include ice skating, hiking, swimming and a children's playground.
- Cox Pinnacle. 103 acres of forested hills and wetlands this park features a 1 ¼ mile, all-season trail system that includes access to Brunswick's highest point at 350' above sea level.
- Greater Commons and Town Commons. The Greater Commons is made up of 112 acres of woodlands with trails adjoining the southern and northern boundaries of the Town Commons, offering four season recreation. The Town Commons is a historic, 71 acre park featuring trails, picnic areas, interpretive signage and access to a pitch pine heath barren, which is a unique and rare plant community and ecosystem. Long hikes can be enjoyed by connecting the trail systems of both of these parks.
- Lishness Park. This park contains athletic fields, a seasonal hockey rink and a small set of trails designed for young children.
- Maquoit Bay Conservation Land. Enjoy Maquoit Bay from this 124 acre park and short trail leading to a highpoint with great views. Open year round.
- Pejepscot Damn Recreation Area. Located on the Androscoggin River this recreation area offers hand-carry boat access with a steal canoe portage stairway. There are also hiking trails along the river that are popular with fishermen.
- Sawyer Park. Here you'll find a picnic area and a public boat launch and dock for public use.