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Machias is known as the "Blueberry Capital of the World" because 95 percent of the world's wild blueberry crop is harvested here. In August, you and your family can attend the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, which features a blueberry pie-eating contest, the annual Blueberry Musical, and a craft fair. The town, which was settled in 1763, is also the site of the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. You can find out more about the city's role in the battle at the Burnham Tavern.

You can go boating, canoeing or kayaking on freshwater lakes, rivers and streams all around Machias, which are home to a large variety of wildlife. From May to August, you can also take a half-day excursion to Seal Island, which is a summer home to nesting colonies of razorbills, common murres, Arctic terns, and the largest Atlantic puffin colony on the coast of Maine.

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