Things to Do in Boothbay Harbor Maine

The range of Boothbay Harbor, Maine activities open to visitors is nearly endless. One of the most popular activities, to use the word rather loosely, is simply drinking in the magnificent scenery that surrounds you at the Flagship Inn. In Boothbay Harbor, you will be in the heart of the renowned Maine coastal region.

Our picturesque, rugged shoreline is the home of legendary lighthouses, quiet country roads and secluded coves. And for those who enjoy gastronomic pursuits, our area offers a wealth of delicious treats, including, of course, real Maine lobster.

No matter how you decide to spend your time, you’ll find a warm, welcoming hospitality among our people.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The world-class Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is located on 250 acres in nearby Boothbay. The gardens offer more than a dozen individual ornamental gardens within a landscape that?s quintessentially Maine. Spectacular plantings, imaginative stonework and water features, a permanent sculpture collection plus seasonal art exhibits, and miles of waterfront and woodland trails set this garden apart. Surrounding the Visitor Center and Education Center are the two-acre multi-faceted children?s garden, extraordinary sensory garden, rose and kitchen gardens, and forest pond. A hillside garden leads to a meditation garden beside the water. The focal point of the rhododendron garden nearby is a massive stone waterfall. The Gardens? gift shop and café are of the highest quality, and events and educational programs offer something for all ages in all seasons. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is open daily from 9-5, year-round.

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Gardens Aglow

Located at Coatal Maine Botanical Gardens is the biggest and brightest holiday light display in Maine! This year, over 360,000 energy efficient LED lights decorate our central gardens and buildings. That?s right ? the largest light display in Maine just got larger! From the lights, to the s?mores pit, food trucks and special art exhibits, Gardens Aglow has something for the whole family. Join us from November 18 through December 31 to experience the magic.

Boothbay Railway Village

The Boothbay Railway Village is a non-profit educational organization. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a collection of 60 antique autos. Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Museum?s Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals.

Boothbay Region Land Trust

Founded in 1980, Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) is a non-profit organization working to conserve the natural beauty and character of the Boothbay region including the towns of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, and Southport. They work with towns, land owners, residents, visitors and neighboring land trusts to conserve and steward the land.

Penny Lake Preserve

Part of the Boothbay Region Land Trust, Penny Lake Preserve is directly connected to our inn by a lovely bridge. The preserve offers a picturesque escape for visitors to Boothbay Harbor, and provides significant wildlife habitat for migratory and nesting birds, as well as for moose, deer, beaver, turtles, and a wide variety of plant life. Of particular interest is a bridge across Penny Lake, and a winding ADA-compliant trail accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. For more information about Penny Lake Preserve, including directions and a printer-friendly Trail Guide, visit the Penny Lake Preserve site.


The Boothbay Region is home to a variety of lighthouses which are accessable by water. These include, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, Monhegan Island Light, Hendricks Head Light and Cuckolds Island Light

Pemaquid Point Light in nearby Pemaquid is accessible by land.

Boat Rides, Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing

For more vigorous pursuits, perhaps a whale-watching voyage or a traditional Boothbay Harbor deep-sea fishing trip will fit the bill. You’ll also find boat rides of varying lengths and sailing trips which leave from the harbor daily.

Maine State Aquarium

Located on the shore of beautiful West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the Aquarium is operated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). A collection of regional fish and invertebrates can be viewed in tanks that are recessed within the main gallery?s granite-like cliffs.

The Aquarium features extraordinary lobsters in all sizes and colors. Located in the lobster?s den is a jumbo male who likes to show off his mammoth claws, while next door a lobster condominium houses juveniles.

Colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and sun stars, can be admired in the “Downeast” tank, while the fascinating behaviors of northern shrimp, squid, and ugly, bottom-dwelling fish will surely capture your attention.

The Maine State Aquarium also exhibits a variety of sport-fish species that are of major interest to anglers. At center stage, sharks and skates circle the tank waiting to be petted by those who dare.

A special attraction is the 20 foot long, touch tank that houses a multitude of invertebrates. Come feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin and get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop. Watch the moon snail pull in its enormous “gooey” foot and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach.


Of course, Boothbay Harbor is wedded to the sea. Fishing vessels, sailboats and other pleasure craft typically fill our harbor, making a picturesque panorama of maritime activity. Join them in the water during a coast kayaking outing. The harbor is a great place to hone your skills and look for sea life.

Simply strolling along our wharves and watching the activity can fill an afternoon with memorable experiences. Maine boasts spectacular sunrises, well worth the early alarm. Other natural wonders surround you, too, including towering evergreens and a profusion of summer wildflowers. Many visitors like to venture out on our many nature trails or play one of our outstanding golf courses. But we’re not just for summer visits. Winter is a magical time of year here, with many activities and festivals.

No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find the Flagship Inn open and ready to welcome you as your home-away-from-home for enjoying the wealth of area activities. So whether your drawing card is a Boothbay Harbor deep-sea fishing trip or simply the magnificent local color and scenery, contact us at 207-633-5094 for more information on making your stay more enjoyable.