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Wells Reserve at Laudholm
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Wells
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is open every day from 7 am to sunset, with 7 miles of trails through field, forest, and salt marsh to an undeveloped beach. It's a favorite spot for birders and wildlife lovers, photographers and artists, walkers and runners, natural resource managers and history buffs. Each year, the Wells Reserve offers nearly 200 education programs for every audience from K to gray. Guided walks, camps for kids, workshops, and lectures are regular offerings. The reserve hosts several fundraising events annually, including the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival on the weekend after Labor Day. The site is one of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country, from Alaska to Puerto Rico and from Southern California to New England. Each reserve supports coastal research, education, and training. In Wells, support comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members of the nonprofit Laudholm Trust. FMI Visit our website and social outlets.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Great beach (though at high tide there really isn't one), nice flat not that long walk to the beach and we were lucky to find an antique sale going on there at the time. Just a really peaceful pretty area and good for hiking. You have to pay $5 to enter.

2  Thank trav226
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"laudholm farm"
in 18 reviews
"walking trails"
in 10 reviews
"the reserve"
in 10 reviews
"bug spray"
in 13 reviews
"education center"
in 5 reviews
"barrier beach"
in 6 reviews
"maintained trails"
in 7 reviews
"great trails"
in 5 reviews
"educational programs"
in 3 reviews
"per adult"
in 4 reviews
"salt marsh"
in 12 reviews
"visitor center"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 6 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 5 reviews
in 3 reviews
"entrance fee"
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"new england"
in 6 reviews

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

I've made an annual visit to the Wells Reserve for many years when visiting relatives in Maine. I never get tired of walking the trails, going to the beach area, viewing the exhibits and taking in the history of this important farm and now reserve. It's a treasure.

3  Thank carolmcglinchey
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

We stopped in Wells, ME at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm for a little morning hike before we stopped for lunch. This park cost $5 per person but was so worth the money. My son was free because he is under 6 years old. There were so many trails that we could have easily spent the whole day here. The first trail we took lead us straight to a beach at tbe ocean. We had our son on our back in a carrier but let him free to run wild on the beach. He loved picking up rocks and throwing them in the water. We could have easily spent a good part of the day here but we went on a few shorter trails before our son got too tired so we could go to lunch. My wife found two ticks on her after we were done hiking. One of them she had to dig out of her skin. We checked my son and myself but did not find anything on us luckily.

Overall, this is a great place to hike or spend a day. Maps are handed out at the entrance when you pay by a super nice lady. Just beware of ticks.

2  Thank kwnike13
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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

What an incredible place. First, if you read the one negative comment, there were lots of maps available and a large warning about ticks posted. So I’m not sure what the issue really was...

Hubbie and I did most of the trails. Everything is well marked with just enough interpretative signs to make it interesting. We came just before low tide and the beach was very wide.

We visited in mid-June and there were few other visitors. There is $5/adult suggested donation (well worth it).

There’s a Visitors Center with a gentleman entertaining another visitor with local history.

Take your bug spray, add some sunscreen, your binocs, and have a wonderful time.

Thank vsbrinkman
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

This is a wonderful place to spend as little as an hour or several hours and be renewed through a close encounter with the natural world. Breathe in deep and enjoy!

1  Thank Evelyn M
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