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Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve

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Off Route 32, New Harbor, ME
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Historical site of Rachel Carson's study of wetlands and saltponds.

A lovely area with views of the ocean and local villages. Several restaurants and shops nearby... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ladmills
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Easton, Maryland
Disappointing

When we are here we cannot help but think that at one time National Geographic magazine called... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
998susana
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New Harbor, Maine
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good20%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“low tide” (13 reviews)
“tidal pools” (5 reviews)
“clams” (10 reviews)
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Off Route 32, New Harbor, ME
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"low tide"
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"tidal pools"
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"clams"
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"sea glass"
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"sea creatures"
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"worth a stop"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 2 reviews
"periwinkles"
in 4 reviews
"rocks"
in 9 reviews
"nature"
in 4 reviews
"lazing"
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"wade"
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"seaweed"
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"observe"
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"trail"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely area with views of the ocean and local villages. Several restaurants and shops nearby. A lobster pound and harbor with wildlife tours right down the road. Most importantly, an historic site for Carson's research on protection of the ocean environment.

Thank Ladmills
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

When we are here we cannot help but think that at one time National Geographic magazine called Rachael Carson the biggest mass murderer of all time. Her faux science led to the death of millions of Africans from malaria. We find it uneasy to enjoy...More

Thank 998susana
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

This preserve provides a great chance to see tide pool creatures and about a hundred kinds of sea weed up close. Also beautiful scenery, and the upland part of the preserve has a pretty walking trail. Go at low tide for access to the salt...More

Thank WrenCottage
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

We went to the salt pond twice! My son (12) spent a couple of hours each time roaming around the salt pond looking for green crabs, periwinkles, etc. and took many pictures.

Thank Matt S
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Great place to take the kids at low tide. Beautiful natural wading pool with all the expected little creatures at your children's feet. Great view of Monhegan Island.

Thank DPWGUY
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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Went during low tide and the water was really cold. Saw lots of crabs!!!! Rocks are slippery and move quiet a bit so be careful. Pretty scenery and a quick trip.

Thank Kim A
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

easy road side visit....might be hard to find with markings not readily clear. we found some sea glass, but the tide was in and didn't see much life in the tidal pools. it is a pretty area if you are heading towards the Pemaquid light....More

Thank offwego2011
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Such a wonderful little tide pool. Lots of nature to observe and beautiful shells to collect. Great for families, kids, all ages really. Excellent photo opportunities.

Thank Gabriella C
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Check the tide times before your visit and wear shoes good for wading. In a small area, a world awaits to explore. Even our jaded teenagers were willing to put down there iPhones for awhile to enjoy the ocean critters in the shallow waters, especially...More

1  Thank Catc1966
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

A salt pond is just a big puddle away from the sea. We saw no animals, but there was a brochure about them. This is a very quiet, peaceful spot along the side of the road.

Thank Sparrowj55
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