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Boothbay Harbor Maine -
Hotels, Restaurants and Things To Do

Boothbay Harbor Maine

Boothbay Harbor Maine is one of the best summer destinations in the United States with its rugged coastline, nautical charm, dazzling sunsets and laid back feel.


Widely known as the Boating Capital of New England, Boothbay Harbor Maine transforms from a relatively small community of just over 2,000 to a bustling maritime-inspired town filled with eager tourists in the summer.

Boothbay Harbor's large fleet of excursion boats take locals and tourists alike on memorable cruises upon the water past lighthouses and stunning coastal scenery to nearby islands.

Boothbay Harbor Maine

In town visitors will enjoy the charming fishing village dotted with fascinating shops, restaurants serving up the freshest seafood and a myriad of venues for history, culture and the arts. Today, Boothbay Harbor Maine is a hotspot for a great vacation, thanks to a variety of natural and man made attractions.




Not To Be Missed In Boothbay Harbor Maine!

There is so much to see and do on land and water that you'll find yourself wishing you'd planned to stay longer (and definitely planning on returning!). A great destination for couples or families, young and old alike, Boothbay Harbor offers something for all interests.

Boothbay Harbor Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens

Must-see sights include the 248-acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (with its 2 acre Children's Garden), which are magnificent from any angle with ornamental and rose gardens coupled with forests overlooking the water. Don't miss the Boothbay Railway Village either for a taste of the quintessential New England town along with an impressive collection of antique vehicles.

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Taking to the water will give you a whole different perspective of Boothbay Harbor Maine. With all of its coves and inlets, the harbor makes for excellent sea kayaking - take a tour or venture out on your own. How about a peaceful cruise out to Monhegan Island, or a whale watching or fishing excursion? Maybe hopping aboard a historic schooner like the Lazy Jack is your thing. Whatever you choose, your ocean adventure will delight you.

With seven lighthouses in the Boothbay Harbor Region, be sure to venture out to see at least a few. I'd suggest hopping aboard The Novelty from Pier 8 to take a tour out to the Burnt Island Light.

Boothbay Harbor Maine Burnt Island Light Tour

This tour offers an entertaining and educational adventure where you can step back in time to 1950. This living history reenactment of the light house keeper and his family is a great way to learn all about the lighthouse and the Maine coast. Kids will love exploring the 5 acre island too!

Boothbay Harbor Maine Carousel Music Theater

With Boothbay Harbor being bound to the sea, a large aquarium is to be expected. The Maine State Aquarium's main gallery resembles the state's rocky coast while the artificial cliffs cleverly hide a collection of colorful marine life such as purple sunstars, red sea anemones and sea cucumbers, among others. With lots of touch tanks for the kids (and adults too!), petting a shark is even possible!

Take in a Broadway style show at the Boothbay Playhouse or be treated to dinner in an old style theater barn - The Carousel Music Theater. Maybe the opera is more your style? You can find that too in Boothbay Harbor Maine.


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Boothbay Harbor Maine Hotels

Boothbay Harbor Maine Hotels Brown's Wharf Inn

Being the summer mecca for vacationers that it is, you have many choices for accomodations. Harbor-side hotels and motels, charming and homey bed and breakfast inns, cabins, and whole-house vacation rentals...no matter your style or budget, you'll find what your looking for.

Topping the list of well-loved hotels is Brown's Wharf Inn, a family owned and operated hotel hotel that is very reasonably priced. Beach Cove Hotel, which has the only sandy beachfront in Boothbay Harbor Maine, also provides everything you need for a relaxing vacation at a great price.


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Standing out for Boothbay Harbor Bed and Breakfast Inns are the Bayberry House, Topside Inn and the Greenleaf Inn.

Boothbay Harbor Maine Topside Bed and Breakfast Inn

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There are plenty of great vacation rentals to take advantage of too, which are a wonderful alternative to hotels for large families or groups.




Boothbay Harbor Restaurants

If you're anything like me, you love to eat! And being on vacation seems to give us a free ticket to indulgence. Luckily you won't be disappointed with the selection of dining options in Boothbay Harbor.

Boothbay Harbor Maine Lobster Dock

Most of your dining options are middle of the road in terms of price and laid back and comfortable in style. Not a lot of pretenses here in Boothbay Harbor. Seafood and lobster of course are aplenty, and lots of opportunities for eating on docks overlooking the harbor are available.

Places you might want to check out while in Boothbay Harbor Maine are the Boathouse Bistro Tapas Lounge & Restaurant, McSeagulls, Amore, Jordans and the Rocktide Inn Restaurant.


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Indeed, Boothbay Harbor Maine is a place where vacations are more than just vacations. You have so many opportunities to engage in exciting adventures on land and on water as well as to feed your body and soul until you are ready to face the world away from the town once again. And you will return the following year to recharge your body and spirit, that's for sure.

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