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“A gem in Casco Bay Maine”

Eagle Island State Park
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Harpswell
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Owner description: This state park is the former home of Arctic explorer Robert Peary.
Reviewed July 31, 2015

Eagle is a wonderful spot to enjoy the natural beauty of Casco Bay. Admiral Perry bought this island for $300 in 1880, and his family gifted it to the state in the 1990s. The place is well kept, and there is a ferry boat from the Dolphin in South Harpswell that can take you if you don't have your own boat. Only accessible by water, no cars, very reasonable. For a little taste of what life on a little Maine island would have been like 100 years ago, you should add this to your visit to the area. Enjoy it!

5  Thank James R
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Reviewed July 10, 2015

After a short ride out from Harpswell's Dolphin Marina on the Marie L (there is a fee for the excursion; we paid $30 per person), you reach the dock at Eagle Island. When the tide is very low, as it was during our visit, the walk up from the dock is quite steep; the island is not wheel chair accessible as a result. Once on solid ground, you'll be greeted by Park Service employees and volunteers, and you are invited to watch a brief movie about Peary, his family and the island. Actually quite interesting.
Then you spend a couple hours exploring the house and the island. There are many, many items which belonged to the family; the house remains furnished as it was during their residence. And there are also items which harken to the explorations Peary took to the North Pole with his sled dogs and associates. The visit is well worth your time if you are in the area; and you will likely see osprey and possibly porpoises on the ride out and back. Captain Micah of the Marie L was readily available to answer questions about the islands in the area, pointing them out on a chart in the wheel house.
After the trip, make sure you grab a crab roll at Erica's. In a grilled buttered hotdog roll, plump with meat, it's the best $9 you'll ever spend.

5  Thank AnnieLovesFrance
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Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is wonderful place to visit. We kayak out that way and have taken several visitors there. The history is amazing and the museum is staffed by wonderful local people, who are doing what they love. A must see if you can there.

3  Thank Helena S
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Reviewed October 15, 2014

We ended up going to Eagle Island on a seal watch cruise. We hadn't even seen the blurb about visiting Eagle Island so we weren't aware of the stop there. I have sled dogs here in Vermont and have read many books on arctic exploration so I'm very aware of Perry's exploits. I found the tour of his old family home and island to be extremely interesting and a wonderful surprise. We used the self guided tour which provided a lot of information about Perry as well as his family and the home that he built there on Eagle Island. The island itself is beautiful.

7  Thank Ken H
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Reviewed August 27, 2014

We finally visited, and are so glad that we did, what a lovely home/museum on a beautiful island. The audio tour was good, learned much more about Admiral Peary then I ever knew. Their are walking trails, flower beds and a beautiful view in every direction. The docent was enthusiastic and informative, thank goodness they have dedicated volunteers preserving this historic landmark, they should be very proud of their hard work in an out-of-the-way museum.

3  Thank Mainewoods
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