Points of Interest in Boothbay Harbor

Points of Interest in Boothbay Harbor

The best things to do in Boothbay, Maine.

Boothbay Harbor is the possibly most quaint, quintessential midcoast Maine town to visit in the summer or fall. From Windjammer Days in early in June to the Botanical Gardens Aglow in December, Boothbay has some impressive sights and exciting adventures...
 
This list of locations and local businesses won't be limited to Boothbay Harbor but will only feature activities accessible from the mainland. Sorry, Cabbage Island Clambake and Burnt Island Lighthouse... Ya burnt!  For the best food in the area, keep an eye out for the upcoming article, Three Squares in Boothbay Harbor. 
 
 

Botanical Gardens​

The Midcoast Maine Botanical Gardens should at the top of everybody's list that's visiting the Boothbay region. Although the gardens have recently been taken over by trolls, it remains one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in Boothbay. In all seriousness, you need to see the Guardians of the Seeds installation throughout the gardens this year. It will only be outshone by the Gardens Aglow returning this November. 

 
 

Pier 1

This is the center of Boothbay Harbor - and the center for tourists too. With schooner and whale watch tours, pubs, pizza, ice cream, gift shops, and seafood, Pier 1 has just about everything a tourist could be looking for - which makes it prime real estate for people-watching. Spend some time here and you can meet some really interesting characters. 

 
 

The Footbridge

Built in 1901, this was and is still the longest wooden footbridge in the country. This path gives some of the best views of Boothbay Harbor, filled with fishing boats and schooners. At low tide, you'll get a good look at the sea life (mostly seaweed) through the clear waters of the harbor. Most interesting fact: the Bridge House in the middle used to be a smuggling port for rum-runners during the prohibition.
 
 

Footbridge Brewery

After walking across the foot bridge and back, perhaps it's time to cool down with a cold one. Tucked away, just off the footbridge on Granary Way, the only brewery in Boothbay Harbor offers a range of beers for anyone - even a few options for those who don't like beer. Offering flights, pints, and tasty bites, this is the perfect pit stop in Boothbay Harbor.
 
 

Hendricks Head

​​Okay - midcoast Maine is not known for its sandy beaches. But on a hot summer day, the beach beckons us. If you're making a day of it, a trip to Popham Beach might be worth it. But if you want a quick, sandy (not quicksandy) escape, look no further than Hendricks Beach. With Hendricks Head Light to the east, this beach is a picturesque Maine experience. It's quite small, so try planning for low tide (as seen above).
 
 

Tidal Transit Kayaking

​​​Whether you're looking for calm waters of the rivers or open seas, Boothbay Harbor is an ideal spot for sea kayaking. Tidal Transit offers both kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for exploring the harbor. Paddle out to Burnt Island and take a tour of the lighthouse or explore any of the public islands in the harbor or rivers. This might just be the best way to explore Boothbay.
 
 

Schooner Lazy Jack

Looking to see more of the harbor but don't feel like taking a kayak? Take the lazy option and hop aboard the Schooner Lazy Jack, the oldest windjammer in Boothbay Harbor. The two hour tour takes you out past Burnt Island, Squirrel Island, and Ram Island Light with plenty of opportunities to spot harbor seals, osprey, or other Maine wildlife along with beautiful views of the coast. 
 
 

Barret Park

On the calmer side of Boothbay Harbor, sits a beautiful park, perfect for picnics with ocean views. This is the perfect quick getaway from the center of town and is less than a mile away (including walking the footbridge). Its a short drive, but the walk along Atlantic Ave and Lobster Cove Road is pretty beautiful in itself.
 

Abacus Gallery

Featuring the vibrant paintings of Maine artist Dana Heacock along with handcrafted jewelry and home goods, Abacus Gallery is one of the best spots to find local Maine art. If you're looking for other galleries to explore, you won't have to wander far because McKown Street is virtually one gallery after the next.
 
 

Railway Village Museum

This is a perfect stop for family fun. Take ride into history along the narrow gauge railroad and see historic buildings and antique cars along the way. This spot is also great for events, making for remarkably unique weddings. The best time to visit is probably in October during The Fall Foliage Festival
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