Eastport is the easternmost city in the U.S. The downtown Historic District will take you back in time, intriguing shops, restaurants, and cafes. Through efforts of organizations such as the Tides Institute, Eastport is preserving its history and creating a diverse cultural community. Eastport is famous for its Pirate Festival held in September, and the Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop at New Year's.
Eastport is innately connected to the sea, and the islands are known as the Fundy Isles. From the waterfront walking trail, you see the Canadian island of Campobello across the channel, known as home to Roosevelt's summer cottage. The tides and currents of Passamaquoddy Bay bless the area with rich waters for fishing but can create tricky hazards for the unwary. The Old Sow, in the Western Passage of Passamaquoddy Bay, is the largest natural whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere. Local sailing, boating, and kayaking tours can lead you safely through the tidal hazards.
A visit to Eastport isn't complete without a visit to Raye's Mustard for locally produced mustards with names like Down East Schooner and Moose-a-maquoddy Molasses. Their Pantry Store in town also offers a wide selection of other Maine Made food products.
Historic Fort Sullivan Barracks house a museum that tells the turbulent tale of British and American struggles for control of Eastport in the past. Eastport's bronze Mermaid statue looking out into the Bay may not be as famous as the one in Copenhagen, but it is nevertheless a symbol of Eastport and the importance of the sea. Nearby is the 12-foot statue of the fisherman created for the 2001 reality TV show "Murder in Small Town X."
Shackford Head State Park, located on a point west of town, is an excellent place to hike and birdwatch, and to enjoy views of Cobscook Bay, the working port, and salmon aquaculture activities. You can travel by kayak to the peaceful Treat Island Preserve for solitude, beautiful beaches, and birdwatching.
Visitor Resources: Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce | Tides Institute | Old Sow whirlpool | Campobello | Fort Sullivan Barracks | Shackford Head State Park | Treat Island Preserve | Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop