If you want stunning fresh, delicious and organic food, there's only one place to be in Bath on a Saturday morning between 8:30 AM and noon. The Farmers' Market stretches along the Kennebec, with lots of little tents and booths where everything from flowers to fowl is being sold. Some don't-miss items: hand-crafted cheeses (try City of Ships, a hard local cheese, or some of the delicious grapeleaf- and herb-wrapped goat cheeses), crusty breads, glorious vegetables, honey, fair-trade coffee, homemade chocolates, and beef, pork, goat and chicken which are all exactly as God intended.
The town is "Staged" for tourists to come and shop until you run dry. They have 40-50 shops to go into and about 15-20 eateries. The town itself is rather nice and shopping may not be so bad after all. The main strip of these old buildings from early 1900's is a real treat to stroll through.
The Winter Street is no longer a church use, but a town activity building. It is from 1843 and is depicting Gothic style of that era. It is at 880 Washington across from the park.
The Chocolate church is in more disrepair and talk is to maybe tear it down. That also is from 1857 and Gothic sytle. Chocolate church is 47 by 88 feet and has an 18 square feet tower, it was closed in 1951. The intent was to show stained glass windows and the structure oak. That real finishing was not oak and the stained galss is not. This church has tours 12-4 Tuesday-Saturday and cost $4-5.
Thomas Hyde formed the shipyard in 1884. It has been a bastion since then to build military warships, but also manyu other types of vessels. Now owned by General Dynamics, it is not as prevalent in building as in the past but still continues with some. Only 500 work here today, form what was thousands in the peak era. Tours may only be through the adjacent Maritime Museum, and then limited in viewing due to security conerns.
The museum has oturs for $10 and they generally are 9-5 daily. It is at the east end of town, past the Iron Works facility. It is 10 acres of museum and 25 acres on the water. They have a museum in house, and some outlying buildings for active displays of shipbuildng and maritme daily life. The highlight would be to tour the Bath Iron Works, but you need to reserve some months ahead, due to demand. It is a trolley tour through the facility now building the Aegius class destroyers. It one time had thousands of workers, now down to 500. Another highlight would be to take a cruise, either one or two hors. Costs are more at $22-50, depending on the cruise taken and length.