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Boothbay Harbor Area Activities for Everyone

Our treasured in-town location provides a relaxing vacation with a quick two-minute walk to local attractions and activities including restaurants, shops, art galleries, the famous footbridge across inner harbor, and the waterfront. Plan ahead with the suggestions and links of things to do in and around town below, and check the Chamber of Commerce calendar for scheduled events during your stay. We also maintain a bulletin board of current activities to reference at your convenience.

On the Water  [Read Details…]

A dozen boat excursions depart from the piers at the bottom of our hill.

On Land  [Read Details…]

When you want to keep your feet on dry land, there’s a bounty of choices just a short drive away from the Inn.

  • Visit the incredible 250-acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
  • Hike the 30 miles of nature trails preserved and protected by Boothbay Region Land Trust.
  • Walk over to Barrett Park and enjoy a picnic and a dip in the water at the head of Linekin Bay.
  • Head to Ocean Point, walk along the sea wall and take in the views. Stop at East Boothbay General Store for a treat.
  • Learn more about ocean life at the Maine State Aquarium or the weekly Cafe Scientifique lectures sponsored by Bigelow Laboratory.
  • Antique car enthusiasts, railroad fans, and history buffs will all enjoy Boothbay Railway Village.
  • Hit the links at Boothbay Country Club, a championship 18-hole course with challenging holes on par with the breathtaking vistas.
  • Get to the gym, if you must, at our exceptional YMCA, with a reasonable visitors rate and member reciprocity throughout New England.

Entertaining  [Read Details…]

  • Don’t miss the show at the historic Opera House, a unique venue for any performance. Check their calendar of great events!
  • Take in a first-run movie at the small-town, one-screen Harbor Theater.
  • Compete for putt-putt champion at Dolphin Mini Golf, ranked one of the top 10 mini golf courses in the U.S.
  • Check out the revue at Carousel Music Theater or the summer theater show at the Boothbay Playhouse.
  • You will usually find live music at several night spots in the harbor on weekends, and nightly in the summer.

Eat! [Read Details…]

In the busy season we are fortunate to have many dining options for a small town. From casual to contemporary to unique, seafood is everywhere and you won’t go hungry! Nearby favorites include:

Shop and Get Artful! [Read Details…]

There is truly something for everyone amongst the shops, art galleries, boutiques, and merchants in Boothbay Harbor. If you’re not a shopper but find yourself downtown with time to spare, you can almost always find ice cream to enjoy or people to watch. Our usual walks around town give us some favorite establishments noted here, starting from the bottom of our hill.

Heading Off the Rock [Read Details…]

Boothbay Harbor is ideally situated as a base for exploring the midcoast region. Plan to stay a while – there is some great exploring to do.

  • If you travel south, stop in busy Wiscasset for the interesting shops, visit Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell House museums.
  • Historic Bath and the Maine Maritime Museum are a great day-trip destination.
  • Our rocky coastline offers few sandy beaches, but Popham State Beach and Reid State Park are on peninsulas south of Bath.
  • Brunswick has a lively Maine Street, great restaurants, the Maine State Music Theather and Bowdoin College.
  • The midcoast shopping mecca Freeport, home to LL Bean and 200 other upscale outlets, can be reached in 45 minutes or less.
  • Drive the River Road north to Damariscotta, and on down to Pemaquid Lighthouse, one of the most photographed locations in Maine.
  • Visit nearby Rockland for the Farnsworth Museum, Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, a fun visit in town, and possibly dinner at Primo.
  • Camden offers shops and galleries in town, and the auto road to the north that leads to the top of Mt. Battie