Like its mid-coast Maine neighbors, Boothbay, Maine, boasts coastal splendor and natural wonders galore. Founded in 1764, the bucolic town includes four distinct villages - Boothbay Center, East Boothbay, Ocean Point and Trevett - and three islands - Barters, Hodgdon, and Sawyer - making it a popular summer playground for New Englanders since the mid-1800s.
Home to both Washburn & Doughty and Hodgdon Yachts, the town has been a shipbuilding mecca for more than 100 years, supplying naval vessels for three wars. Visitors can spy mega yachts and sailboats on parade during the summer. Fishing enthusiasts head here for the plentiful striped bass and oyster beds on the Damariscotta and Sheepscot Rivers. Treelined streets give way to rugged beaches and a serene sense of place; our Boothbay vacation rentals are as comfortable and tranquil as this charming town on the Atlantic Ocean.
Things to Do in Boothbay, ME
You won't be bored in Boothbay, which truly offers something for everyone. The main highlight is the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Opened in 2007, this behemoth horticultural site boasts 270 waterfront acres of flowers, shrubs, and herbs, including rhododendrons, peonies, trilliums, and roses. Take a short hike on one of the many trails or inhale the fragrant scent of English lavender in the Learner Garden of the Five Senses. The gardens boast places to meditate and relax, offering a perfect refuge from everyday worries.
Boothbay Railway Village showcases artifacts and structures celebrating Maine's historic railway past, from a village green to a vintage carriage display to a blacksmith shop to an antique engine display and model railroad. Ride on one of the three Henschel steam locomotives as you tour the various sites.
Hikers of all abilities will delight in the more than 30 miles of trails encompassing nearly 2,000 acres of the Boothbay Region Land Trust. You'll cross meadows into wetlands and onto rugged coasts. The Gregory Hiking Trail is for beginners, looping from woods to the Back River and the Sheepscot River. Saunders Reserve is good for intermediate hikers and offers nearly 23 acres looping down a hillside through evergreens and hardwoods. Experienced hikers will enjoy Ovens Mouth Preserve's 146 acres of pine forests as well as sightings of eagles, osprey, and otters.
Day Trips from Boothbay, ME
Boothbay enjoys an enviable position in the heart of Lincoln County, Maine, and the Boothbay Region, making our Boothbay vacation rentals a great base from which to explore the entire rugged coast. East Boothbay is mere minutes away and boasts the Boothbay Sea and Science Center, and Linekin Preserve & Burley Loop, two of the area's best hiking spots. Quaint and charming Nobleboro is also nearby, known as a fishing destination nonpareil. Boothbay Harbor is the centerpiece of the region, featuring two lights houses and the Maine State Aquarium as well as a wealth of rugged coast and wetlands.
Whatever you choose to do - soak up the clean air or the fragrance of the bountiful blooms - our Boothbay vacation rentals offer the best place to relax and recharge in coastal Maine splendor.