With an impressive seashore, historic sites, and quaint mom-and-pop shops, Boothbay Harbor vacation rentals provide a front-row seat to one of the top tourist destinations on the Maine coast. One of five charming villages in the Boothbay region, Boothbay Harbor has managed to maintain its unique flavor and appeal nearly three centuries after its founding.
Once home to ice works, lobster canneries and shipbuilding factories, Boothbay now enjoys an influx of yachting enthusiasts and whale watchers come summer. Our Maine vacation rentals in Boothbay Harbor offer a great base from which one can explore this endearing and enduring seaside village.
Due to its rich maritime heritage, historic sites abound in Boothbay Harbor. Start your visit at the Boothbay Region Historical Society to get a sense of the area's past via artifacts, photos, and newspaper clippings. Head to the Pythian Opera House, built in 1894, for dozens of performances each year, from opera to classical to jazz. Only open during the summer, the Maine State Aquarium is popular with families thanks to its shark-petting tank! The Boothbay Region Land Trust affords guests more than 30 miles of hiking and walking trails through meadows, wetlands, forests along the coast.
The tiny village also boasts two historic lighthouses. Burnt Island Light Station sits on its own island a mile from Boothbay Harbor; the five-acre spot features a restored lighthouse and other historic structures. The Ram Island Light Station boasts a cast-iron lantern and is linked to the mainland by a short footbridge.