Where to go in Maine - Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor in the early 20th Century.

Where to Eat in Boothbay Harbor

Of course, visitors to the Welch House want to know the good restaurants, shops and interesting things to do and see when they come to Boothbay Harbor. We have compiled a list of some of our favorites and you can find them on this section. Our first section, Places to Eat in Boothbay Harbor is a collection of some of our favorite places to eat; most are within walking distance of the Welch House.

Where to Shop in Boothbay Harbor

Next, take a look at Places to Shop in Boothbay Harbor. We've included Galleries & Fine Clothing, Knick Knacks & Toys, and yes, there is even a Tee-Shirt shop. Most shops are within walking distance of the Welch House.

What to Do & See in Boothbay Harbor

Then, go to Things to Do & See in Boothbay Harbor & Midcoast Maine. You'll find Boothbay Harbor Activities that are scheduled year-round plus interesting excursions out & about the region.

The Boothbay Region Calendar of Events is a collection of eclectic & interesting offerings from Bath to Damariscotta We're quite sure you will find something interesting this year that will bring you to Boothbay Harbor!

Boothbay Harbor Fun Facts

In 1789, the Continental Navy massed in Boothbay Harbor (then called Townsend) prior to committing to the worst American Naval disaster prior to Pearl Harbor. 39 of 40 ships participating in the Penobscot Expedition were lost to the British.

By the late 1880s, Boothbay Harbor had a fishery and fish oil company, an ice company, two marine railways, a fertilizer manufacturer, and a factory for canning lobsters.

In 1889, Boothbay Harbor was set off from Boothbay and incorporated as the town of Boothbay Harbor after a dispute over who would pay for fire hydrants on Commercial Street.

Some location filming for the 1956 movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, notably the "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" sequence, was shot here.

Each summer, 25 boat tours to coastal islands and whale watching leave every day, there are 27 art galleries, 50 restaurants and other places to eat and 69 places to lay your head. But fishing is still the biggest industry, followed by boat building.