The Port of Bucksport is proud of its waterfront walkway that stretches from the Bucksport/Verona bridge on Main Street for a mile along the Penobscot River. Along the way, visitors will find memorial benches, a gazebo, plaques with information about the town, a Port of Bucksport municipal park, and a wonderful view of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Fort Knox.
Located in the center of the Town of Bucksport there are a number of attractions within walking distance of the Port of Bucksport waterfront including a movie theater, laundry mat, restaurants, an ice cream parlor, and shopping. The waterfront in the Port of Bucksport is also the site for the Bucksport Bay Festival. Held in late July, the festival includes boat rides, fireworks, merchant booths, music and entertainment, food, a parade, civil war re-enactments, and kids' games.
The Port of Bucksport has a humid continental climate with warm to hot summers and sometimes severely cold winters. Snow falls every year and can be deep. Rain comes with thunderstorms and rare tropical storms in the summer. Temperatures range from an average high of about 21°C (70°F) in July and August to an average low of -6.7°C (just under 20°F) in January. While rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, it is lowest in February. Snowfall in the Port of Bucksport can reach 20 inches in January.
Located across the Penobscot River from the Port of Bucksport, Fort Knox is one of New England's best-preserved seacoast fortifications. The fort itself is open from May 1st until November 1st from 8:30am until sunset, but the grounds are open year-round. Fort Knox offers access to the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and 128-meter (420-foot) observation tower. Admission to this Port of Bucksport attraction is $3 for adults and $1 for children from five to eleven. Children under five and seniors over 65 are admitted free.
The Americans established Fort Knox in 1844 to protect the river valley and the Port of Bucksport from potential invasions by the British Navy. It was named for America's first Secretary of War, Major General Henry Knox. Although it never saw military action, troops were stationed there from 1863 until 1866 and again during the Spanish American War in 1898.
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge boasts the fastest elevator in the region, and it is the world's tallest public bridge/observatory. Opened in 2007, the observatory offers stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside including mountains, lakes, and the Port of Bucksport.
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