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 www.bbrlt.org. Or, enjoy the themed gardens at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (www.mainegardens.org) 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 (www.kayakboothbay.com). 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 (www.golobstering.com, www.hayvalcharters.com).
Food: Cabbage Island Clambake (www.cabbageislandclambakes.com) 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 (www.maine.gov/dmr/rm/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 (www.railwayvillage.org) 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 (www.boothbayoperahouse.com).
Need more information? The Chamber of Commerce website (www.boothbayharbor.com) has information and links to all things Maine.
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