A historic and picturesque village, Brunswick mixes New England charm with a thriving arts and entertainment culture. Visitors can explore  [Days Antique Store] numerous ethnically-diverse restaurants, distinctive retail shops, Bowdoin College and its museums and beautiful campus, summer musical theater, a year-round Farmers Market, and cultural offerings at the Town’s many theaters, galleries, museums, and festive community events—nearly all in walking distance of the vibrant downtown.

“Thou river, widening through the meadows green / To the vast sea, so near and yet unseen,” Longfellow wrote in Morituri Salutamus
— an ode to his Bowdoin classmates. He’s referring to the Androscoggin River, which now makes a dramatic drop over a dam (at the site of the pejepscot, or long stretch of rocky rapids, for which the town was originally named) before heading on to Merrymeeting Bay.


With four seasons to enjoy, our parks, public spaces and programs boast endless opportunities for residents and visitors to live an active lifestyle offering a wide variety of options for people of all ages in diverse settings. Our common spaces range from lush places for play, parks, wooded trails, river access, and a gateway to the beautiful islands of Casco Bay. 

The Androscoggin River Bicycle and Pedestrian Path follows the river for 2.63 miles from Water Street in downtown to Grover Lane in Cooks Corner, which makes for a great round-trip walk, run, rollerblade, or bike ride. There’s also a 1.25-mile loop: the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk, which runs between the green Frank J. Wood Bridge in town and the Androscoggin Pedestrian Swinging Bridge, which was built in 1892 so workers from Topsham could walk across the river to the Cabot Mill.

  Brunswick is “designated and awarded as a bicycle-friendly community with three long-distance, mapped bike routes, a local bike shop (Center Street Cycles), racks in useful places, ample shoulders on most roads, and great scenery.” In winter,  cross-country skiing at the 100-acre Brunswick Town Commons. There’s also great walking or snowshoeing to be had in the 33 acres of old-growth forest on the Bowdoin Pines, the 160-acre Crystal Spring Farm, and the Cathance River Nature Preserve in Topsham, and it’s possible to view the White Mountains from the Cox Pinnacle.



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