The snow has melted, the rain seems like it has finally come to somewhat of an end and all you want to do is get your buns outside, right? Of course you do! Maine winters can be very long and brutal at times. Our little of Westbrook has come a long way in recent years and it seems that things will only continue to get better. Al ot is happening! Below are 5 things that to do in Westbrook this spring and summer.
1. Smiling Hill Farm - This is always a local favorite for the whole family. They are a working dairy farm that produces fluid milks in glass bottles, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese right at the farm. They also offer seasonal activities such as a Barnyard Farm animal attraction. They also serve lunch from 11-3PM daily.
2. Westbrook River Walk - This is a great walk to do for the whole family! This urban walkway follows the south bank of the Presumpscot River behind the buildings that make up downtown Westbrook. Linking a series of ballfields and parks, the Westbrook River Walk parallels both slack water sections and waterfalls that once formed the nucleus of Westbrook’s early mill history. Saccarappa Falls, just west of Bridge Street, is easily viewed from the numerous benches on the boardwalk that the trail passes over. These falls, like so many others throughout Maine, provided power for the shoe and clothing mills. A number of the old mill buildings still stand on the far bank, as are a variety of ruins associated with those former industries. Another interesting feature of the River Walk is the foot bridge which crosses the Presumpscot River. Attached to the side of an existing railroad bridge, this perch is a great place for bird watching and viewing kayakers.
3. Mast Landing Brewing Company - This is a newly popular spot in town to visit! They opened in 2015 and have quickly become a cool spot doing cool community events. They are open every day from 12PM to 9PM. Every Wednesday at 6:30PM they host Stump Trivia. They do a bunch of food pop-ups so make sure to check out their Facebook page for a full list of events. They have large communal tables outside with corhole, which is a must this time of the year. Do yourself a favor and try Gunnar’s Daughter. It is by far their most popular beer as it tastes like chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie!
4. Westbrook Farmers’ Market - Open seasonally April through November at Riverbank Park on Saturday’s from 8AM to 2PM. They offer fresh produce, meats, dairy and other items from local farms and artisans. There is also a playground at the park which makes it a great thing to do with your whole family.
5. Concert at Rock Row - In case you haven’t heard (pun intended), there is a new concert venue in town that just opened last weekend. There aren’t a ton of concerts planned for this summer, as the venue is so new and there is still a lot of construction to be done, but the shows will go on, so you may as well take advantage! Check out their website for a full listing of shows and how to purchase tickets.