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“Experience the Maine Marsh Eco-Systems and History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Wells Reserve at Laudholm
342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, ME 04090
+1 207-646-1555
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Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Wells
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/train, Walking
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Owner description: The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is an estuarine research reserve with its headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is open every day from 7 am to sunset, with miles of trails and dozens of educational programs for everyone from K to gray. The Wells Reserve is funded by a member-supported nonprofit, Laudholm Trust, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Visit our website for details on activities and keep in touch through all of our social channels. Find 27 other National Estuarine Research Reserves around the country, from Alaska to Florida, along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, on the Great Lakes, and even Puerto Rico.
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“Experience the Maine Marsh Eco-Systems and History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Laudholm Farm is an historic farm restored by the city of Wells in the 1980's. The city is and should be most proud about their success. The farm house started in 1770 and was added onto and remodeled over the next 150 years. Today you can visit the house and learn about farming life on the Maine coast. But don't stop there, experience the farm, marshes, and beach.

We took about a 2 mile walk on easy paths, some raised wooden walkways over the marsh. Pick out the many apple trees left over from the farm or identify the blueberry bushes. Several signs explain the plants, trees, and animals - what they were used for and how they lived. We first walked to the beach where there is a hard packed sandy stretch than in itself can provide for a most enjoyable walk. We then took the marsh trail to see the marsh trees, ferns, moss, and peat. We even saw a decent sized snake sunning itself. The overlooks are quite informative about the role marshes play in the ecology of the area.

We felt much more learned about the area. But don't forget to bring the kids. There are children's activities, search and finding on the trails, and a great beach to play on.

After this experience we passed up the Rachael Carson National Preserve as we felt we had not only experience the marshes, but learned of its history. The workers at the farm are extremely helpful and proud of the farm. Research and limited farming is still being performed. If this type of activity appeals to you, Laudholm Farm will be a special treat.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We came here with friends and their young children to walk the trails of the reserve. The children (ages 3 & 5) thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Everything is well-maintained and the trails are very well marked. The scenery is outstanding and covers a variety from open fields to woods to beach. Should you have more time, there is a visitors center as well. The Reserve is well worth a visit.
The suggested fee is $4 per adult or a maximum of $12 per car. No attendant is present so you pay on the honor system. There was plenty of parking but during the busy summer we assume it could be much more of a challenge.

Visited September 2013
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“Nice walking trail to beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We came here in late August around 4 P.M. after not finding a place to park at Marginal Way. The trail to the beach was a nice walk and the beach was nice. Only one other family at the beach we arrived. We would have stayed longer and walked more trails but needed to eat and find our hotel.

Visited August 2013
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“Laudholm Farm experience great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I again participated in the Laudholm Farm Nature Crafts Festival in Wells, Maine. It was another great year for artisans, as well as our fair goers. The Laudholm Farm is an estuary and its walking trails go all the way the their beach. Some day I hope to experience the rest of the property. I really love the birds and want to find them all.

Visited September 2013
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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“Nature Crafts Festival”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Don't miss the Nature Crafts Festival in September between Wells and Kennebunk. Arrive early. Original and interesting.

Visited September 2013
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