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Making a wonderful day trip is a ferry ride to Monhegan Island. Nature lovers and birders will enjoy the whimsy of puffins as the boat passes nesting islands to see terns, and the rocky outcrops that are home to harbor seals on the way back. The rocky island itself is barely a square mile in area yet features 17 miles of interwoven trails. Aside from birds and exceptional views in all directions, the island is a vibrant fishing village and haven for artists which means you can peruse art galleries and artist studios and then dine on juicy fresh seafood. Note that there are no cars or paved roads on the island so come prepared to walk. Among the many destinations is the Monhegan Lighthouse. Though not open to the public, the grounds offer beautiful views. The Mohegan Historical and Cultural Museum is housed in the light-keepers former house (the lighthouse in now computerized) and highlights the region’s history and flora and fauna. The museum is free but donations are appreciated. History buffs will want to see the Tercentary Tablet commemorating John Smith’s visit here in 1614. Except for Swim Beach which is small and primitive — there is no safe swimming on the island. The undertows and surf are strong, dangerous and deadly.

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