Boothbay Harbor’s Best Activities & Attractions
Boothbay Harbor and the surrounding area offers a myriad of options to fill our guests’ time, be it shopping in the harbor, enjoying a scenic cruise on the water or hiking on beautiful local trails. Though your options are many, we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite activities to spark your imagination.
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Historic Boothbay Opera House
For generations, the stage of the historic 1894 Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, Maine has played host to actors and musicians from around the state and around the globe. With over 100 events and performances annually, there is almost always something happening at the Opera House-an evening with a Grammy winning musician, a visit from a Broadway actor, nights of jazz or bluegrass, rocking Celtic concerts, lectures, holiday celebrations and community events fill the schedule. With fine acoustics, historic charm, a great old bar room upstairs and a commitment to reasonably priced tickets, the Opera House is a gathering place for the local community and visitors alike.
Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT)
With over 30 miles of hiking trails, the BRLT is the place to start if hiking is what you are looking to do. Ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging, many of these trails are a short drive from the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn.
Boothbay Country Club
Eighteen holes of some of the finest golfing in Maine can be found at the Boothbay Country Club. Just a short drive from the Fisherman’s Wharf, this immaculately tended course will prove both challenging and entertaining. Weekly events such as the Friday Night Scramble offer patrons a variety of play types and the proverbial 19th hole, the Grill Room, will satiate even the most ravenous duffer.
Carousel Music Theater
Dinner, music and fun makes for a perfect evening in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. While you make your dinner selection and are being served, the talented and friendly servers entertain you with a lively cabaret featuring the best music from Broadway composers. Then, with a cup of coffee and a fresh baked dessert in front of you, watch as the curtain goes up and the cast sings and dances in an original review created just for you.
Maine State Aquarium
With touch tanks, exhibits, and presentations, the Maine State Aquarium is a great place to learn and experience the Maine coastal ecosystem. Ranging from a shark touch tank to giant, rare lobsters, the knowledgeable and friendly staff is sure to make your visit entertaining and informative. A great place to take the family. Just a short drive from the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn.
Boothbay Railway Village
Take a ride through history! The Boothbay Railway Village is an educational, historical and cultural museum whose mission is to collect, preserve and demonstrate railroading, antique automobiles, small town rural life with an emphasis on Maine between 1850 and 1950. The main attraction is a ride on an authentic steam locomotive, which winds its way through the grounds of the Boothbay Railway Village. Fun for all ages.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
“Wow,” is the word heard most often at the Gardens. Fabulous ornamental, children’s, and sensory gardens; miles of waterfront and woodland trails on 250 acres; a fine café and shop; art exhibits; and events and programs for all ages in all seasons make this a must for visitors. Just a short drive from Fisherman’s Wharf, the Gardens is a great place to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Maine.
Dolphin Mini Golf
Play your way through 18 holes of fun at the Dolphin Mini-golf course. Home of the 2008 US Miniature Golf open, the course challenges you with “Maine” themed holes, such as the Fisherman’s House on 8 and Whale on 16. Great fun for families and couples- an elusive hole-in-one on the 19th hole nets you a free game!
Cabbage Island Clambakes
Your Downeast Clambake adventure begins with a scenic tour of Boothbay Harbor aboard the Bennie Alice, en route to 5-1/2 acre Cabbage Island in Linekin Bay. There, a succulent feast of Maine lobsters and clams with all the traditional fixings awaits you. Cabbage Island has been the home of traditional clambakes since1956, and your hosts, the Moore family, cordially welcome you to experience this “Downeast” tradition! Come hungry and book early for this popular excursion, leaving from Pier 6 at the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn.
Balmy Days Cruises
Offering a plethora of sightseeing tours, Balmy Days Cruises include the popular Monhegan Island Day Trip, the Burnt Island Lighthouse Tour, and mackerel fishing about the Miss Boothbay. Take a full day to visit the striking beauty of Monhegan Island, twelve miles off the Maine coast, an island known to inspire artists and lovers of nature both. Experience the Burnt Island living lighthouse, as its residents acquaint you with the traditional life of a lighthouse keeper and his family. Ply the seas with a rod and reel on a two-hour mackerel fishing tour- they bring you to the fish, you do the rest. All this and more is available just a short walk from the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn.
Whether you would like a guided tour or to strike out on your own, Tidal Transit is the place to start. Offering both a variety of tours, led by knowledgeable Registered Maine Guides, and kayaks to rent for personal exploration, the staff at Tidal Transit will happily set you up to make the most of your vacation. Single and tandem kayaks, as well as bicycles are available for rent.
Cap’n Fish’s Whale & Sightseeing Tours
Enjoy the finest whale watching in the harbor aboard Cap’n Fish’s whale watch and site seeing tours. Offering whale watching, harbor tours, and music cruises, Cap ‘n Fish’s crew is sure to make your trip a special one. Docked at Pier 1 near the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, the ship is literally waiting just around the corner to take you on an ocean adventure.