Whether exploring by land or by water, Ellsworth offers the convenience of small-city life with all of the qualities of Maine’s spectacular coastal amenities – including hiking and boating. As the county seat for Hancock County, Ellsworth hosts government and professional offices as well as historic buildings.
In historic Downtown Ellsworth, Maine’s historic gem on the Union River, you’ll discover the real Maine-close to coastal attractions, away from the crowds. We’re a small waterfront city that is a vibrant, year-round community where people live and work. Our heritage is reflected in the historic architectural gems-City Hall, the library, stately courthouse and lovely churches-all still used for their original purpose. Today our lively downtown offers shops, an art-deco theater, professional offices, galleries, a museum, coffee houses, pubs, great restaurants, arts and entertainment, outdoor recreation and business and personal services.
History is in the walking, so free parking is easily found for discovering the nature trails, pocket parks and neighborhoods tucked around town. Shopping centers, hotels, inns and restaurants are scattered minutes from the historic district.
Our waterfront park offers a boat launch, free summer concerts, and picnic areas for the family along with an amazing display of wildlife. Visit Waterfront Park and there’s a good chance you’ll see one of our resident bald eagles!
All roads lead to Ellsworth.
Find us on your journey as you drive or cruise the coast of Downeast Maine. Ellsworth is the place to begin and end your visit, or, even better a place to settle down and stay awhile … Discover Ellsworth!