Boothbay Harbor Travel Guide

  • THE HARBOR
    THE HARBOR
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  • SHOPS ON A HILL
    SHOPS ON A HILL
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  • THE MAIN WATERFRONT SHOPPING AREA
    THE MAIN WATERFRONT SHOPPING AREA
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Boothbay Harbor Things to Do

  • Cap'n Fish Boat Trip

    There are many sightseeing boat trips all along the piers. From local recommendations and my own experience, Cap'n Fish is the best. They offer a variety of trips from whale watching to coastal lighthouse tours.

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  • CAPN FISHS WHALE WATCH

    THIS IS A MUST DO IF YOU VISIT BOOTHBAY HARBOR.WE SAW MORE WHALES THAN WE EXPECTED.LOTS OF FIN WHALES VERY CLOSE TO THE BOAT.LATER WE GOT HUMPBACK WHALES UP TO THE BOAT.VERY FRIENDLY WHALES.THE CREW WERE GREAT,NARRATION VERY INFORMATIVE,AND WHAT A NICE CLEAN BOAT.

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  • Lobstering

    You can take a variety of different boat trips from the harbor. Different cruise companies have booths down near the water front offering harbor tours, lighthouse tours, fishing boats, whale watches, seal rocks, sunset sails etc. You will also see flyers posted for individuals making a go in the tour or fishing business. Most are very flexible and...

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  • Department of Marine Resources...

    Department of Marine Resources AquariumA particularly good place to visit if you've got kids with you, although I wouldn't recommend going more than once. Here you can see the various sorts of aquatic life that live in the Boothbay region, and learn a few things about them. At the 'touch tank,' you can pick up a starfish or a sea cucumber, and get...

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  • Reid State Park

    It's a bit of a drive from Boothbay, but Reid State Park is home to a rarity in Maine -- beautiful, clear, long beaches. It's definitely worth the trouble to get there. Go for a walk or try some bodysurfing on the mile- or half-mile-beach, or visit the lagoon. One warning -- the water is very cold! The scenery, as well, is as spectacular as any...

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  • Boat tours

    If you've got access to a small powerboat, spend a day going from island to island and enjoying the outdoors. The Burnt Island lighthouse, just outside the harbor, is beautiful. Through the Townsend Gut and into the Sheepscot River, you can pick raspberries on Powerderhorn, collect sea heather on Spectacle, and drive past Seal Rock. If you're...

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Boothbay Harbor Hotels

  • Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa

    As with another reviewer, it took 2 days for the Spruce Point Inn to return our call to make a...

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  • Beach Cove Hotel

    48 Lakeview Rd., Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 04538, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Flagship Inn

    200 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Boothbay Harbor Restaurants

  • Woderful deli and terrific service!

    Caper's Catering and Deli is a new establishment in downtown Boothbay Harbor Maine. The deli sandwiches are very creative, they make a killer roasted garlic and rosemary mayo that adds major flavor to any of their sandwiches! One of our favorites is the smoked turkey on sourdough with sriracha mayo, avocado, red onions, and lettuce and tomato. All...

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  • Decent view, great chowder, huge lobster...

    McSeagulls is cursed with a ridiculous name and an ambiance just slightly more welcoming than a truck stop, but it's on the waterfront in Boothbay Harbor and I have to say that we were totally satisfied with the clam chowder (a huge bowl, enough for a dinner by itself) and equally large portions of lobster (I believe they must use a full chicken...

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  • Forget The Rest - This Place IS the...

    I must have eaten at every place in the Boothbay Region and I have to admit - The Lobster Dock is the best place not only in town, but in the state of Maine itself (and maybe even the east coast). I consider myself a pretty fair judge of good food - and The Lobster Dock is GREAT! They have The Best Lobster in the world hands down. You can pick your...

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Boothbay Harbor Shopping

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    by Bunsch Written Feb 12, 2010

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    The promotional literature describes things this way: In 1976, Richard and Chris Hilton began building a dream of making pottery in a one-room schoolhouse on the road to Boothbay Harbor. Thirty years later, Edgecomb Potters has a national brand recognition for a high caliber of work with an inventive spirit." What did I know? I just stumbled in because there was a great big deck that seemed to be covered with pottery and interesting sculptures -- it turns out that it is listed in the Rand McNally road atlas as one of the country's "Best of the Road" attractions. At my first visit, I walked out with Christmas gifts for everybody in the family, and photos of things I hoped they would buy for ME. Luckily, if your Maine road trip isn't taking you to the mid-coast, you can still find Edgecomb products in Freeport and Portland. These really are quite exquisitely beautiful. I have a whale's tail mug on my desk, a gift from a Mainer friend, that is so real that I can almost feel the salt spray as I drink my coffee.

    What to buy: Pick up a piece of pottery. But there is also jewelry, fine crafts, and sculptures both large and small. I loved the wreaths made of pewter, featuring dolphins and starfish, and would love to have bought a wall sculpture of an oak tree.

    What to pay: Like most hand-crafted items, these porcelains can be quite expensive ($35 for a mug, for example). If that's too rich for your blood, ask to see seconds or items from glazes which are being discontinued.

    The deck at Edgecomb, featuring sale merchandise I wish I'd caught this guy...wall sculpture

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Boothbay Harbor Warnings and Dangers

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    by Rich62 Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Now don't get me wrong here, we love to visit Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor, but..........before we went our first time, we were "warned" by a native Maine resident (my wife's uncle) that for some reason, Boothbay appeals not just to wealthy people, but to snotty wealthy people! We took this advice with a grain of salt and enjoyed our visit, but you know what? He was right! Most visitors there are just fine, but there were some who were not so fine. For example, I remember one 30-something couple really hassling the clerk about showing an i.d. along with their credit card. The teenaged clerk handled them beautifully and professionally, explaining exactly why she had to make this request. After finally making their purchase, they left in a huff, like it was a really big deal. So once in a while you might encounter something like that, but its good for a laugh and gives you another memory of Boothbay Harbor. Besides, it helps remind us po' folk that money can't buy class.

    SHOP 'TILL YOU DROP, BY THE SEA
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Boothbay Harbor What to Pack

  • Just a suggestion...

    Hey.. If you decide to go on one of the whale watching or seal watching or whatever type things... They tell you to bring a jacket. BRING ONE! I'm not sure about in the middle of summer, but the breeze over the ocean there is definately chilly. CAMERA AND FILM!

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  • Packing List

    Just what kind of a clothes hound are you? Most restaurants are accommodating to casually dressed tourists - and that would be the only place asking for dressy clothing. Pack 1 nice size bag with slippers, docksiders and sneeks - take a sweater or jacket, and I suggest that you buy a new sweatshirt there rather than taking one with you - 3 pair of...

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Boothbay Harbor Off The Beaten Path

  • by vatrmn Written Dec 13, 2006

    A wonderful off beat experience (directions from chamber of commerce or most hotels). This is an out of the way studio located at the end of scenic Lobster Cove Road. Swim or picnic at Barretts Park after a visit to this talented artists hide away. An impressive collection of original work, nautical, lighting, sconces, mirrors and more is offered and on display. Preview at www.macdonaldglass.com

    nautical sign
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Boothbay Harbor Favorites

  • by tweldon Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Park your car at the shopping center lot and walk (it isn't very far or very challenging) or take the trolley down to the center of town. Then just start sightseeing. Every shop has wonderful treasures and the people are so interesting. Many shopowners are 'from away' and have an interesting tale about their life's path that brought them to where they are today. Go to the glass blower, he makes great Christmas presents. Eat breakfast at the Ebb Tide - great bargain. Go to the Lobsterman's Co-Op for dinner - great lobster, good prices. Take a sunset cruise on the Pink Lady and when you get off of the boat, get ice cream and window shop at Cornucopia where you will surely find something, maybe even for yourself. Check the events calendar for activities at the library.

    Fondest memory: My favorite week in Boothbay Harbor is Windjammer Week, usually the last week in June. There is something different to do each day and the evenings usually include fire works. Find a good place to see the ships coming into the harbor and take snacks. It takes a while but it is just amazing.

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