Why Downtown Brunswick?

Why Downtown Brunswick?

Brunswick serves as a gateway to Midcoast and Downeast Maine.  Brunswick businesses, especially those downtown, benefit from steady vehicular traffic throughout the year.  Downtown Brunswick businesses also benefit from residents, attracted to Brunswick’s pedestrian-friendly downtown, featuring grocery stores, pharmacies, a post office and public library within walking distance of neighborhoods.

With its rich and diverse cultural amenities, visitors are drawn to Downtown Brunswick throughout the year. 

  • Centered around Bowdoin College’s museums, theater and concert hall, Brunswick is the arts and cultural hub of Midcoast Maine.  Exhibits, such as “Edward Hopper’s Maine” (2011) and “William Wegman: Hello Nature” (2012) attract tens of thousands of visitors to the Bowdoin Museum of Art each year.
  • Thousands of visitors are drawn to Downtown Brunswick for Maine State Music Theater’s June through September season.
  • Brunswick Downtown Association special events like the Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival and Taste of Brunswick draw thousands of visitors to Brunswick each year.
  • The Great State of Maine Air Show and other local events draw thousands of visitors to Brunswick each year.

The population of Brunswick’s trade area is nearly 60,000, drawing from 14 communities throughout Sagadahoc and northern Cumberland Counties.  With nearly 500 public spaces available, downtown Brunswick offers convenient parking to shop patrons and employees alike.

  • Brunswick’s taxable retail sales in 2011 totaled nearly $325 million.
  • On average, more than 28,000 vehicles pass through Brunswick each day on U.S. Route 1.
  • Traffic on Maine Street, the central artery of Brunswick’s bustling downtown, averages more than 16,000 cars per day.
  • All public parking spaces are free and most are limited to two-hours, assuring efficient turnover of vehicles.

Downtown Brunswick boasts an active and thriving Brunswick Downtown Association are here to help you access all of the resources you might need while considering a move to our town – from mortgage lenders to school reports, from health care resources to recreational and cultural calendars.  The Brunswick Downtown was designated as a Main Street Community, affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.