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THINGS TO DO

Enjoy a Variety of Attractions in the Boothbay Area

Being on the waterfront of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, puts you in the ideal location for exploring the coast.
Balmy Days Cruises
Balmy Days Cruises
Get away from it all and experience a Monhegan Day Trip with Balmy Days Cruises! Monhegan Island is a unique and beautiful island 12 miles off the the docks in Boothbay Harbor. Monhegan Island is known for its striking natural beauty, attracts artists and nature lovers from around the world.
Beaches and State Parks near Boothbay Harbor
Beaches and State Parks near Boothbay Harbor

Burnt Island Lighthouse
Burnt Island Lighthouse
Come learn about Burnt Island’s history, visit its working lighthouse, explore its five-acre island, and/or participate in professional development training. Approximately one mile from the port of Boothbay Harbor, this historic site is an exceptional educational and recreational facility for teachers, school children, summer visitors and boaters. Living History Lighthouse Tour – Step back in time (to 1950) and learn about the life and times of Keeper Joseph Muise, a true lighthouse keeper and his family. For information on dates, times, departure location, and more, visit the Burnt Island Living Lighthouse Program schedule.
Cabbage Island Lobster Bake - the best classic New England Lobster Bake
Cabbage Island Lobster Bake - the best classic New England Lobster Bake
Sail the Bennie Alice from Pier 6, a two minute walk from our Bed and Breakfast, to Cabbage Island, a quintessential Maine experience. The Moore family hosts guests 7 days a week from the end of June through the weekend after Labor Day. There you will enjoy a traditional Downeast clambake cooked on the water's edge. To make a reservation, please call the Cabbage Island ticket booth directly at 207-633-7200 Rain or shine, Harbour Towne Inn highly recommends making a reservation! The do not take credit cards or debt cards.

Cape Newagen Alpace Farm
Cape Newagen Alpace Farm
We are open booking treks and tours. Our gift shop is now a pop up market outside on our covered back porch. Dany, Berry and Zara trekked a little earlier yesterday to beat the threatening rain. ​1020 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport ME 04576 207 633 0416
Cap's Fish's Cruises Whale Watch
Cap's Fish's Cruises Whale Watch
We offer discounted tickets!!

Captain Fish's Boat Cruise
Captain Fish's Boat Cruise
Spend an afternoon packed with the wonders of nature on this incredible tour. See puffins at Eastern Egg Rock and whales at the feeding grounds. The National Audubon Society has reestablished a puffin colony on Eastern Egg Rock, also enjoy viewing lighthouses and other points of interest on this lovely boat ride.
Carousel Music Theater
Carousel Music Theater
This lovely little gem is a Seasonal Dinner Theater in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Where they celebrate the singers and songs of the Great American Songbook from the 1940's-1970's in our original comedy revues. During late July and early August we offer a carefully selected book musical for your entertainment. Enjoy our three course hot Maine fare dinner, while the Cast, who are also the wait-staff sing a cabaret. Following the second course the cast will depart the auditorium to change into costume to begin the entertainment portion of your evening. Dessert is served to all guest so even if you are joining us just for the show they will offer you dessert at intermission as well. (Wednesday matinees are available during July and August and feature cold and hot salads and sandwiches.) 196 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1837

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Dr, Boothbay, ME 04537
Eastwind Schooner
Eastwind Schooner
Four Trips daily - 2 hour sail 207*633-6598

Food Tours, Boothbay Harbor
Food Tours, Boothbay Harbor
Maine Foodie Tours tickets online only 207-233-7485
Hendricks Head Light - Southport
Hendricks Head Light - Southport
Hendricks Head Lighthouse was erected on the western side of Southport Island in 1829 by Joseph Berry to guide vessels up the Sheepscot River to the shipbuilding center at Wiscasset Harbor. The original lighthouse, built at a cost of $2,662, consisted of a rectangular stone dwelling with a wooden octagonal tower protruding from one end of its pitched roof. The lantern room was of the old birdcage design, featuring a multitude of small glass panes separated by wide metal muntins. John Upham first lit the tower’s eight lamps, which were set in fourteen-inch reflectors, on December 1, 1829. Hendricks Head Light is privately owned.

Kayaking and Canoeing - Tidal Transit Kayak
Kayaking and Canoeing - Tidal Transit Kayak
207-633-7140 18 Granary Way, Boohtbay Harbor, Maine 04538
Maine State Aquarium
Maine State Aquarium
The Maine State Aquarium also exhibits a variety of sport-fish species that are of major interest to anglers. At center stage, sharks and skates circle the tank waiting to be patted by those who dare. One of our favorites and the special attraction is the 20 foot-long touch tank that houses a multitude of invertebrates.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Historic Site in Mid-Coast Maine Pemaquid Point Lighthouse 3115 Bristol Road Pemaquid, Maine 04558 207-677-2492
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse 3115 Bristol Road, Pemaquid, Maine 207-677-2494

Ram Island Lighthouse
Ram Island Lighthouse
When planning a trip to Ram Island Lighthouse, first make sure you are headed to the correct Ram Island. The name was a popular one, and there are twenty-one Ram Islands in Maine. The one that is home to Ram Island Lighthouse is located near Boothbay Harbor and formerly served as a place to quarantine rams to control sheep breeding. Ram Island Lighthouse is sometimes confused with Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse, a stone tower in Casco Bay that is visible from Portland Head Lighthouse. Ram Island Lighthouse before the red brick portion of the tower was painted white Photograph courtesy U. S. Coast Guard On March 3, 1837, Congress appropriated $5,000 for a lighthouse on Ram Island, where it could mark the entrance to both Fisherman’s Island Passage, the eastern gateway to Boothbay Harbor, and Damariscotta River. As a first step in investigating the need for this lighthouse, Captain Joseph Smith of the U.S. Navy solicited the opinions of local mariners. In response, twenty-two individuals signed a letter, dated May 15, 1837, that read in part, “We the undersigned…would cheerfully unite in recommending said island as a suitable and proper place for the erection of said light-house. We have for a long time had occasion to pass in and out said river, and think a light-house on said island would be of great service and utility to vessels of every kind coming in or going out of said Damariscotta river, or bound elsewhere.” Boothbay Harbor is well known as one of the most important harbors upon the whole coast. It is easy of ingress and egress, large, safe in gales from any point of the compass, deep, with good anchorage in any part of it. It is a harbor which all vessels bound east or west, when met by head winds or unfavorable weather, endeavor to make, being a sort of rendezvous for coasters; and more than 300 sail have been seen anchored there at one time. The question, then, is, what works will give to navigation the greatest facilities, and where shall they be placed? Any one much acquainted with nautical affairs, sailing into [Boothbay] harbor from the west, and from it through the eastern passage, will be struck with the advantages a light at the entrance of the eastern passage would give; and there is no point, in my opinion, so well adapted to this end as Ram island. But when the fact is stated, that from that island there are in view four light-houses, and within the compass of twelve or fifteen miles seven lights, viz: Seguin, Pond island, Hendrick’s head, Burnt island, Pemaquid, Franklin island, and Monhegan, one of two conclusions seems to me inevitable: either that some of these lights are not judiciously located, or that no more are required in that vicinity. I am strongly inclined to the former conclusion. …while the present lights are supported, it would not, I think, be judicious to establish another upon Ram island.
The Museum in the Street
The Museum in the Street
Boothbay Harbor joins 10 other Maine towns, including Wiscasset, in establishing its own Museum in the Streets (MITS). The approximately one-hour walk includes 24 informational signs around both sides of the harbor and three introductory signs with brochures at each end of the footbridge and at the municipal parking lot. (207) 633-3541

The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
You can't really predict what each new season of musical offerings will be. Just to name a few: traditional, pop, rock, folk, blues, jazz and many international ensembles. The cost is very modest, considering the quality of the performers. It's noteworthy that this entire year-long enterprise is comprised of a core of volunteers! Typically at each show desserts are a available as well as a bar with beers, drinks and soda on the 2nd floor. This is a historic building that has seen many uses over the years. It's past makes for interesting reading. Tickets can sell out quickly, so it's wise to look a few months in advance. There is general seatng downstairs and in the wrap-around mezzanine. There is reserved seating for sponsors, donors and organizations with prior arrangements. Harbour Towne Inn is right across the street from this lovely building! Yes, we aree the lucky ones!!
Museum
Maine Maritime Museum
Maine Maritime Museum
April 01, 2019 to April 01, 2030

This Land is Your Land
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Boothbay Region Land Trust
August 01, 2019 to August 01, 2099
Boothbay Region Land Trust 99 Appalachee Pond Boothbay Harbor, Maine 207-633-4818 Boothbay Region Land Trust welcomes visitors to its preserves year-round, free of charge. In order to protect our fragile lands, please adhere to the following rules: Overnight camping and fires are not permitted. Dogs must stay under voice command or leash, and be leashed when approaching other hikers. Oak Point Farm requires dogs on leash at all times. Seasonally signs may be posted indicating dogs should be kept on leash in sensitive areas such as nesting bird sites. No dogs are permitted at Damariscove Island. Please pack out trash including cleaning up and packing out waste from dogs. Organized parties of greater than 10 people must obtain permission for use. Commercial use is not permitted. Be respectful of working waterfront activities at Roberts Wharf and Damariscove Island. Please respect the private property of abutting neighbors by not trespassing. Several preserves have right-of-way trail access by permission of private landowners. Please stay on the trail at these locations.
Art Galleries near downtown Boothbay Harbor Region
Art Galleries near downtown Boothbay Harbor Region
March 08, 2020 to March 08, 2021
the "First Friday of the Month" Tour all our lovely art galleries. Held June through October. Free, self guided tour offers fresh art exhibits, open house receptions and artist. Up to seventeen art galleries participate. Wiscasset's Art Walk is the third Thursday. Damariscotta and Newcastle are held the fourth Friday of the Month. Maria's Studio Gallery, 10 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538 www.mariaboord.com Joy to the Wind Gallery 33 Atlantic Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538 Boothbay Region Fine Art Studios and Galleries 1 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine Gold/Smith Gallery Douglas Gimbel -Artist, Sculptor, Actor, Singer, Songwriter and storyteller. Sandpiper Art Gallery - Karen "Kallena" Chutsky Gleason Fine Art Studio 53 Fine Art, 53 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538 www.studio53fineart.com Black River Gallery Creatvie Turtle Studio and Gallery Ed Brown's Wharfside Gallery Mark Coates Art

Monhegan Island
Monhegan Island
May 15, 2020 to October 10, 2021
Monhegan Island is 350 acres of wildlands and residential homes that welcomes visitors. The Balmy Days II hosts daily round trips, departing from Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor at 9:30 am and arrives back at Pier 8 at 4:15pm The boat ride is 1 1/2 hours each way which gives you abour 3 3/4 hours to eplore the island. Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Also offers a half-hour cruise around the island a 2:00pm with Captain Bill Campbell. http://www.monhegandaytrip.com Monhegan Museum of Art & History 1 Lighthouse Hill Monhegan, ME 04852 Phone: 207.596.7003 Email: museum@monheganmuseum.org
Boothbay Railway Museum
Boothbay Railway Museum
May 22, 2020 to October 30, 2020
HOURS & PRICES WEEKENDS MAY 25 to JUN 9 | 10 AM – 5 PM | DAILY SAT | JUN 15 to SUN | OCT 13 10 AM – 5 PM | PRICES $14 Adults | $7 Children 3-18 | $12 Seniors 65+ FREE | Under Three | Museum Members | Maine Foster Families, with IDs | Active Duty Military Families, with IDs SPECIAL EVENT DAYS | Such as Fall Foliage Festival, Ghost Train, North Pole Express and Rails, Tails & Ales, require special ticket purchase in advance or at the door. Check event calendar for details

Boothbay Region Historical Society Museum
Boothbay Region Historical Society Museum
June 01, 2020 to June 01, 2021
72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, Maine 207-633-0820 This small building is packed with tons of local information and displays. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. I could spend hours going thru merchant journals or a quick visit to see the latest displays. Hours are limited check out the website first for open hours. Boothbay Historical Society we came away with a wealth of information and a long list of other questions. The Society hosts an amazing collection of artifacts, photos, maps, and information all pertaining to Boothbay's rich history. For anyone from away with genealogical ties to Boothbay who is interested in researching their family history, this is your starting place. Barbara Rumsey, the local historian, is a walking wealth of information, as well as being absolutely delightful to talk to. Two important notes, please call ahead if you are coming into Boothbay to research to allow them time to prepare for your questions, and two, please support the important work they do there with a generous donation or a membership or both
Cabbage Island Lobster Bake
Cabbage Island Lobster Bake
June 15, 2021 to September 30, 2021
Rain or shine, Cabbage Island Clambakes operates 7 days per week. The Lobsterbake schedule June 15, 2021- September 8, 2021 rain or shine Pier 6 - Cabbage Island Clambakes on board the Bennie Alice

Boothbay Harbor Happenings!
Boothbay Harbor Happenings!
June 21, 2021 to June 26, 2021
June Windjammer Days June Windjammer Days Fireworks July 4 Fourth of July Fireworks over the Harbor August 30- Sept 8 Harbor Fest Thursdays May-Oct Farmers Markets September 28 Fall Festival Octiber 10-31 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta www.mainepumpkinfest.com Nov 14-Dec 31 Gardens Aglow - at the Coastal Maine Gardens Nov 30 Holiday Sparkle Fireworks Dec 6-8 Festival of Trees at the Opera House Dec 7 Annual Harbor Lights Festival
Festival
Boothbay Harbor Festival
Boothbay Harbor Festival
August 30, 2021 to September 06, 2021
Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. Various locations, Boothbay Harbor, $15 in advance, $20 after Aug. 1. Boothbay Harborfest is a delicious way to spend your Labor Day weekend because the main event is A Taste of Local Flavor. Your “passport” includes sumptuous food tastings and live music at several local restaurants. There’s also a weekend-long Cold River Cocktail competition and an overall happy vibe all around town. Speaking of vibes, head back to Boothbay Harbor the following weekend for the East Side Vibe Vintage, Arts & Music Festival, which is two days of live music and entertainment along with a fantastic array of creative vendors with locally made items and vintage treasures. You can also hit the Fishin’ for Fashion show that features designs using only marine industry materials.

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
October 08, 2021 to October 31, 2021
Octiber 10-31 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta www.mainepumpkinfest.com
Gardens Aglow Boothbay Botanical Gardens
Gardens Aglow - Harbor Lights
Gardens Aglow - Harbor Lights
November 14, 2020 to December 31, 2029
2020 dates tbd Nov 14-Dec 31 Gardens Aglow - at the Coastal Maine Gardens Nov 30 Holiday Sparkle Fireworks Dec 6-8 Festival of Trees at the Opera House Dec 7 Annual Harbor Lights Festival

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