A beautiful way to see Swan Island, bring your own Canoe or Kayak. If you do not have a Canoe or Kayak, you can rent one from Watson Canoe and Kayak Rental. Call 207-380-6948 for reservations.
Paddle your canoe or kayak to the main island landing across from the dock parking lot (5-minute paddle) or about a 30-minute paddle to the campground on the east side. If you prefer to paddle across the river to the main island landing, it will be about a 1.5-mile hike to the campground.
Take advantage of Captain Dave's Maine Photo Safaris and tour around Swan Island and the scenic Mid Coast Maine area. From Richmond, Captain Dave has access to the Atlantic Ocean, nine rivers, ten lighthouses, working lobster boats, one Civil War fort, Bath Iron Works, and more. See this and an abundance of wildlife, all within a 4-hour trip!
For more details and to book your trip now, visit Captain Dave's Maine Photo Safaris today!
River Run Tours provides scenic boat cruises along the rivers and shoreline of Midcoast Maine. They offer private and personal tours of active lighthouses, Maine's unique wildlife and coastal landscapes. They can customize your cruise or you can select from their suggested tours. River Run Tours' top priority is to see that you have the most enjoyable and memorable experience while relaxing in their designed for comfort, tri hull pontoon boats.
Please visit River Run Tour's website today.
All Within Walking Distance to the Waterfront!
Enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Swan Island with Breakfast at Annabella's. Renowned for its bakery and hometown breakfasts, join the locals to start your morning! Daily specials, fresh baked pastries and piping hot coffee will prepare you for a long day on Swan Island. Check out Annabella's Facebook page for more info.
When visiting Richmond, no trip is complete without a stop in at Kimberly's. From homemade pies, cakes and desserts to incredible food and drinks, you'll find all you want and more at Kimberly's. Visit Kimberly's Facebook page for current specials.
If you love beer, you may have already heard of The Old Goat in Richmond. If you would love a beer after a day of exploring Swan Island, then walk up to this throwback Pub in the heart of Richmond Village! Sit back and relax and order some food to go with your beer. Check out The Old Goat's Facebook page for events and specials.
What else does Richmond have to offer? How about an Ice Cream shop on Main Street only a 2-minute walk to the waterfront! Come chill out with soft serve, hard serve, milkshakes, sundae's and Richmond's very own Swan Island; a milkshake with a hot fudge sundae on top! Open seasonally, check out Main Street Dairy Treat's Facebook page for details.
In a rush to get to Swan Island but need some food or drink? Stop at Gary's Quik Stop, a fully stocked convenience store with a full menu of pre-maid and made to order pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers, appetizers and more. Stock up on cold drinks, snacks, chips and anything else you'll need to picnic at Swan Island's campground. Take a look at the menu at Gary's Quik Stop and call ahead to order for pickup.
Located conveniently at Exit 43 just off Interstate 295 heading towards Richmond, Exit 43 Quik Stop offers a full Krispy Krunchy Chicken kitchen where the chicken is Freshly Made, Perfectly Cajun. Grab some food, fuel and more while there then come on into Richmond Village for your Swan Island trip. Take a look at the menu at Exit 43 Quik Stop.
In-between visiting Swan Island, dining at Richmond's incredible restaurants and grabbing necessities on the road, plan some family-time for the kids at Moose Mountain Mini-Golf and Ice Cream! Opened in 2023, you don't want to miss this opportunity to play 18-holes and finish it off with some delicious ice cream. Open seasonally, check out Moose Mountain's Facebook Page today!
As if exploring Swan Island, all the dining, ice cream and mini-golf weren't enough on your trip to Richmond, you will want to Check out Mainely Karting, Richmond's own outdoor go kart racing facility. With a schedule of events starting in the Spring and running through the fall, check out Mainely Karting's website for full details.
The charm of Richmond overflows as we even have a family-owned orchard and stand. During apple season, Bond's is a pick-your-own orchard and they offer 18 or so varieties of apples to choose from. Bond's Apple Orchard also has the best apple cider this side of the Kennebec. See Bond's Apple Orchard's Facebook page for their announcements on the apple season and make sure to get there early for cider!
While camping on Swan Island is a choice for many, we understand that it may not fit in with your plans. Richmond does not have a hotel in-town, however, there are many local Air BnB options available. We suggest searching for available properties on the Air BnB website directly.
Located in Bath, about 25 minutes south of Richmond, The Hampton Inn is just a short walk to historic Downtown Bath and the Kennebec River. Shopping, dining, and attractions like the Maine Maritime Museum are less than 10 minutes away while the Maine coast and Popham Beach are within 30 minutes. Enjoy free, hot breakfast daily, free WiFi, and their indoor pool. For Reservations, please visit Hampton Inn Bath's website.
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