A Heck of a lot of Fun
The Boothbay peninsula has abundant activities and attractions to satisfy your diverse interests.
Boothbay Harbor is a unique community, perhaps in part because it is at the end of a peninsula and has a history of being a self-sufficient maritime and fishing town. There is a state-of-the-art hospital, an active YMCA, and a lovely old library. A range of cultural and non-profit organizations draws people together. And when you need a secluded respite, Monhegan Island is only a boat ride away.
Within an hour’s drive of Boothbay are several charming towns where you can enjoy antique stores and other shops, restaurants, and cultural organizations. Visit Bath, home of the Maine Maritime Museum, Wiscasset, which is known as the “prettiest village in Maine,” Rockland with the Farnsworth Museum, and Freeport for outlet shopping.
The college towns encompassing Bowdoin, Colby and Bates Colleges offer performing arts programs, museum exhibitions, and museum and dance festivals.
Visit the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Midcoast Maine.
Boothbay Region’s Highlights and Attractions
The Boothbay region possesses a unique mix of first-rate environmental and cultural attractions, as well as the natural beauty for which the area is prized. Take advantage of the non-profit organizations that offer everything from history to hiking, from concerts to coastal gardens.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Visit Maine’s first botanical garden to see stunning 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 fine stonework and sculpture. At 248 acres, this is New England’s largest botanical garden.
Open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. year-round (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
Always free for members. Non-member admission fees: Adults (18-64) $10, Seniors (65+) $8, Children (5-17) $5, under 5 free. Group rates are available with advance reservations.
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Over 25 miles of coastal and woodland trails at sites on the peninsula are open for the public’s enjoyment, free of charge. Trail maps are available at the office, chambers of commerce, and individual sites. Trails vary in difficulty.
The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
Built in 1894, this historic opera house provides an intimate stage for regional artists and national touring acts. The calendar includes folk, jazz, classical, blues, country and world music, in addition to theatrical offerings, lectures and classes.
Boothbay Railway Village
Take a ride through woods and the 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. Mid-October - May: weekends 9:30 am through 5:00 pm; June - Columbus Day: Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Adults $8; Children 3-16 $4
Maine State Aquarium and Burnt Island Living Lighthouse
Exhibits at the aquarium include a tide pool touch tank, lobster trap display, tanks of local fish, lobsters, and more! Enjoy a picnic on the grounds with a panoramic view of Boothbay Harbor. Ask about trips to the Burnt Island Living Lighthouse where knowledgeable people take on the roles of the lighthouse keeper and his family in this living history program. Also, learn about Maine fisheries, and participate in a guided naturalist hike.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children 5-18 with adult family member $3, under 4 free, Family Season Membership $30
Boothbay Region Historical Society
Artifacts and memorabilia that reflect the region’s colonial and maritime 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.
Open year-round: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Free.
Hendricks Hill Museum
Route 27, Southport, ME 04576 / 207-633-1102
Open July and August, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free admission.
Fishing industry artifacts, photo display, and a kitchen with old fireplace and beehive oven.
While in the Boothbay Harbor region, enjoy...
Deep Sea Fishing
Charter boats at the waterfront in Boothbay Harbor are ready to take you out to sea! Sashimi Charters, Shark Five Sport fishing and Sweetaction Charters are just some of Boothbay Harbor’s sport fishing outfits to choose from.
Sightseeing Boats - Monhegan Island
Boothbay Harbor offers cruises, excursions and sailing to the outer islands and up our rivers. Embark on Balmy Days Cruises daily boat excursions to spectacular Monhegan Island, secluded and naturally beautiful with 17 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy a sail or private charter on Schooner Lazy Jack. Experience an unforgettable Maine whale watching adventure with Boothbay Harbor Whale Watch or Cap’n Fish’s Sightseeing Boat Cruises.
Boothbay Harbor, with many secluded inlets, is the ideal Maine kayaking destination! Use a resort kayak, bring your own or rent kayaks at Tidal Transit in downtown Boothbay Harbor. Tidal Transit offers guided tours throughout the summer and early fall. Experience Maine kayaking in the beauty of the Boothbay Harbor region.
Enjoy walking along Maine hiking trails in the stunning beauty of the Boothbay region. The Boothbay Harbor region has 27 miles of scenic coastal and woodland walking trails maintained by the Boothbay Region Land Trust.
Night Clubs and Entertainment
Boothbay Harbor is home to numerous cocktail lounges and bars, a movie theater and one of Maine’s few remaining candlepin bowling alleys. There is lots of fun in a night on the town in Boothbay Harbor, Maine!
Enjoy the best in Maine summer theatre at the Boothbay Playhouse and musicals at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Antiques and Gift Shops
Enjoy the numerous antique stores, artist studios, marine stores, shipyards and gift shops in Boothbay Harbor. Step into the past at the Palabra Shop. Discover artistic treasures at Boothbay Harbor Artisans and Abacus Gallery, as well as many other unique shops in the Boothbay Harbor region.
Visit Boothbay Harbor’s museums of great interest and variety -- marine, railway, history, art, and music. Be sure to check out the Maine State Aquarium, the Maine Maritime Museum, the Boothbay Railway Village and the Boothbay Historical Museum.
See the fascinating Maine historic forts at Pemaquid, Popham, Fort Edgecomb and Old Fort Western in Augusta.
Superb Beaches and Surf
Frolic on beautiful Maine beaches in the Boothbay Harbor region at Reid State Park, Pemaquid Beach and Popham Beach State Park.
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