Boothbay Harbor is a quaint fishing and lobstering village on the windswept coast with something for everyone.

Arts: Browse the galleries on the First Friday Arts Walk or attend the “White Tent Art Sale” on Aug. 29 in Waterfront Park.

Nature: Explore 30 miles of pet-friendly trails, almost all of which have water views. You can download the trails (rated by difficulty) at Or, enjoy the themed gardens at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens ( with a guided tour.

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On the water: Experience the tidal coves and waterways with a guided kayak or paddleboard trip with a registered guide ( Boat tours leave from the Botanical Gardens. Try a day-long windjammer or whale-watching cruise or spend a day on a boat with a Maine lobsterman (,

Food: Cabbage Island Clambake ( cruises to the island. While you explore, they prepare the traditional feast with lobsters, oysters, clams, corn on the cob and blueberry cake. It's cash only.

Kids: All of the above, plus the Maine State Aquarium ( It’s a meet-and-greet sort of place with touch-tanks and hands-on action, particularly for younger travelers. Say “hi” to Fritz, the resident 23 pounds lobster. Elsewhere, Dolphin mini-golf is one of the top 10 mini-golf courses in the country. Boothbay Railway Village ( recreates life in the era before iPads and Tivo. Aug. 8 is the antique fire engine muster.

Entertainment: Watch first-run movies at Harbor Theatre or enjoy an eclectic schedule of well- nown artists (like jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis) at The Opera House (

Need more information? The Chamber of Commerce website ( has information and links to all things Maine. 

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