Things to do in and around Boothbay Harbor
If you’re looking for the authentic mid-coast Maine experience, this is it. Perhaps the most scenic body of ocean water on the eastern seaboard, mid-coast Maine features scores of islands, historic lighthouses, quiet little protected harbors and towns offering clothing and craft shops, art galleries and restaurants. A wild life paradise; ospreys and bald eagles nest high in the spruces along the rugged shores, harbor seals complete their annual pilgrimage to quiet coves and dolphins and whales loll about in the waves.
For more ideas of what mid-coast Maine offers and calendars of events visit:
For more information on each of Boothbay Harbor’s Attractions, read on…
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Route 27, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 / 207-633-4818
30 miles along 18 beautiful coastal and woodland trails within 20 minutes on the peninsula are open for the public’s enjoyment, free of charge. One trail begins two minutes from Boothbay Cottages. Trail maps are available at the office, chambers of commerce and the individual trail sites. Trails vary in difficulty, so pick the one that matches your ability. All but the Damariscove Island trail are dog-friendly. Celebrated 30 years in 2010. Check the web site for guided walks and events. Guidebook and calendar also provided in the cottage.
Linekin Bay Resort
92 Wall Point Road, Boothbay, ME 04538 / 207-633-2494
Secluded on the shore of beautiful Linekin Bay, it is only one mile from the attractions of Boothbay Harbor and very close walking distance to the Boothbay Cottages. They are the last all-inclusive sailing resort on the east coast of the United States. Take a nice leisurely walk down to the grounds to catch a beautiful sunset or share a cocktail.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Barters Island Road, Boothbay, ME 04537 / 207-633-4333
Visit Maine’s world-class botanical garden and experience extraordinary ornamental gardens, miles of waterfront and woodland trails, the elegant Visitor Center with Kitchen Garden Café and Gift Shop, Fairy Village, indoor and outdoor art exhibits, and stonework and sculpture beyond compare. At 248 acres, this is New England’s largest botanical garden. The new Children’s Garden based on Maine story books opened in 2010. Check the web site for exciting events and educational programs including chef demonstrations in the cooking garden, storytelling for kids, art openings, and musical performances. Discount tickets available at Boothbay Cottages.
The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor ME 04538 / 207-633- 6855
Built in 1894, this historic Opera House, open year -round, provides an intimate stage for regional artists and national touring acts. Performances include a mix of folk, jazz, classical, blues, country and world music, in addition to theatrical offerings, lectures and classes. Check the web site or newspaper for a schedule.
Boothbay Country Club
33 Country Club Road, Boothbay, ME 04537 / 207-633-3673
18 hole championship hole course with beautiful views. Restaurant open for lunch and dinner.
Boothbay Railway Village
Route 27, P.O. Box 123, Boothbay ME 04537 / 207-633-4727
Take a ride through woods and an historic village on a train pulled by a coal-fired, narrow-gauge steam locomotive. Tour 28 historic buildings, and visit the exceptional antique car and truck exhibit. Check the Web site for special events.
Boothbay Region Historical Society
72 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 / 207-633-0820
Artifacts and memorabilia that reflect the region’s colonial and coastal origins are on view in seven display rooms in the 1874 Elizabeth F. Reed house. The building also houses documentary collections to help visitors research their fields of interest. Frequent lectures. Free admission.
Maine State Aquarium and Burnt Island Living Lighthouse Department of Marine Resources (DMR)
194 McKown Point Rd, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575 / 207-633-9559
Aquarium includes a tide pool touch tank with sharks, sea urchins, starfish, etc. , lobster trap display, tanks of local fish, unusual lobsters and more. Enjoy a picnic on the grounds, with a beautiful view of Boothbay Harbor.
Burnt Island Living Lighthouse is a short boat ride away from the harbor. Knowledgeable people take on the roles of the lighthouse keeper, his wife and children in this living history program. Also learn about Maine fisheries and enjoy a guided naturalist hike.
Hendricks Hill Museum
Route 27, Southport, ME 04576 / 207-633-1102
Fishing industry artifacts, photo display, and a kitchen with old fireplace and beehive oven. Free admission.
Boothbay Region YMCA
Route 27, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538/207-633-2855
Tennis, track, fitness center and classes, including spinning. Daily and weekly passes available to visitors. NEW pool center opened October 2011!