Things to Do & See in Boothbay Harbor

The annual Windjammer's Day Parade in Boothbay Harbor.

Boothbay Harbor Activities: Interesting & Fun Stuff

  • Special Town Events
    Boothbay Harbor Fisherman's Festival
    Held in late April, Fisherman's Festival is three days of unique activities and fun! On Friday evening enjoy the Miss Shrimp Contest, Saturday begins early with a full day of activities including trap hauling, a codfish relay, old-fashioned fish fry, lobster crate races, and more. Sunday ends with the Blessing of the Fleet Memorial Service and boat parade in Boothbay Harbor. Great view from the Welch House deck! Read what Cornelia Seckel from ART TIMES Magazine had to say in May, 2013.
    51th Annual Windjammer Days
    At our Windjammer Days Festival (June 25, 2013 - June 26, 2013), you'll see nearly a dozen of Maine's beautiful windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor. Enjoy an antique boat parade, a lively street parade, incredible fireworks over the harbor, creative kids programs and games, free concerts, and an arts and crafts fair. One of the best collections of windjammers in Maine and a great view from the Welch House deck!
    4th of July
    Old Fashioned Maine Fourth of July Family Celebration on the Boothbay Common. Crafts, children's games, chicken barbeque. Live music all day. Fireworks in the evening over the harbor; also a great view from the Welch House deck!
    Fall Foliage Festival
    October 8th & 9th at the Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay, Maine. This annual fall festival at Boothbay Railway Village features crafts, entertainment, food and activities for kids, plus steam train rides for a nostalgic look at the leaves.
    Boothbay Harbor Early Bird Sale
    It all kicks off early in the morning of November 19th when shoppers gather on the streets on Boothbay Harbor in their Pajamas, usually the earlier you shop the greater the discount. Many establishments offer door prizes and delicious refreshments. Shopping continues throughout the day, provided the merchants don't run out of things to sell, because of these great sales.

    Great shopping, funny pajamas, friendly merchants, a window display contest, a parade, a bed race and prizes.


    Harbor Lights Festival
    Our annual Winter Festival is held the first weekend in December. Festival of Trees, Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves arrive aboard the Novelty, Free Wagon Rides horse-drawn wagons, Christmas Cruise aboard the Harbor Princess, the spectacular Lighted Boat Parade. Local fishermen, lobstermen, excursion companies and the US Coast Guard will compete for the title, "Best of Fleet", and winners will be announced at the post-party immediately afterwards at McSeagull's. Great view from the Welch House deck!
  • Always in Town
    Cabagge Island Clambake
    A Maine Classic! The price includes a trip on the Bennie Alice that ends up on, you guessed it, Cabbage Island, where kids are tending coals and throwing seaweed on top of lobsters, steamers, potatoes and corn. Cover it with a canvas, let steam until done and you are in heaven. Great real Maine experience.
    www.cabbageislandclambakes.com - 207.633.7200

    The Schooner Eastwind
    Herb & Doris Smith have been desiging, building and sailing schooners for years and years. After sailing around the world twice, they have settled in Boothbay Harbor with their 65ft "Eastwind", touring around the Harbor and sharing their experiences.
    www.schoonereastwind.com - 207.633.6598
    Balmy Days Cruises
    Harbor tours, trips to Monhegan Island, sailing on the "Bay Lady" (a friendship sloop), Squirrel Island Ferry and sightseeing on "The Novelty", and fishing on the "Miss Boothbay".
    www.balmydayscruises.com - 207.633.2284
    The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
    After narrowly escaping the wrecker's ball several years ago, the Opera House under Cathy Sherill has grown into one of the best venues in Maine. We have seen Mark Knopfler, Jackson Brown, Mark Unger & Molly Mason, George Winston and many, mant others. Susan & I have also been on stage several times doing community theater. It is an integral part of community life here in Boothbay Harbor.
    www.boothbayoperahouse.com - 207.633.6855
    Cap'n Fish Whale Watch
    Cap'n Fish (Yup. That is really the family name.) was the originator of Whale Watching in Boothbay Harbor and with the Pink Lady, Pink Lady II, and Island Lady they have been whale watching longer than anyone in the region. A family run for three generations.
    www.mainewhales.com - 207.633.3244
    Monhegan Island Trip
    Monhegan is a small, rocky Island ten miles from the nearest mainland and scarcely a square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and there are no cars or paved roads. The year-round population has seldom exceeded 65 in recent times. For more than 100 years, Monhegan has been a summer haven for artists and other visitors who appreciate its isolation, the beauty of its wilderness areas, its quiet relaxed atmosphere, and its unhurried pace.
    www.monheganwelcome.com - 207.633.2284
    Boothbay Country Club
    Boothbay Country Club is the perfect Maine golf course, breathtaking vistas, challenging holes and a seabreeze blowing off the ocean. Located two miles from downtown Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Country Club's 18 championship holes are truly a "Pure Maine" golfing experience.
    www.boothbaycountryclub.com - 207.633.6085
    Adult Learn-to-Sail Package
    The Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club is offering a Basic Keelboat Sailing course to interested adults; no membership in the Club is required. Participants who successfully complete the three-day course will earn accreditation from US Sailing. We are offering a 10% discount on the cost of your stay at the Welch House if you enroll in the BHYC Basic Keelboat Course. The BHYC Basic Keelboat Course is intended for people to learn to sail or to refresh fundamental sailing skills and knowledge. Each course is taught by an on-board US Sailing certified instructor with up to three students per boat. Sessions will be held each Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday from June 25 through August 13. The $695 course fee includes three days of training and certification upon successful completion. The cost of your accommodation is not included, but participants will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on their stay at the Welch House. You can register online using the BHYC link above for the session of your choice, then book your room with us directly.
    www.bhyc.net - 207.633.5750
    Burnt Island Lighthouse Tours
    Burnt Island is a beautiful five-acre island owned by the Maine Department of Marine Resources. It is near the mainland and approximately one mile from the port of Boothbay Harbor. The historic buildings at this lighthouse station have been carefully restored and transformed into an exceptionally fine educational facility.
    www.maine.gov/dmr/burntisland/index.htm - 207.633.9674
    Maine State Aquarium
    Located on the water in beautiful West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the aquarium is operated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). This educational facility was built in 1993 along with the state's new fisheries research station. A collection of regional fish and invertebrates can be seen hidden within the granite-like cliffs. Interactive displays, including numerous touch tanks, encourage discovery learning.
    www.maine.gov/dmr/rm/aquarium/index.html - 207.633.2284
    Boothbay Railway Village
    Nowhere else in New England can you experience a steam train ride, historical village exhibits and an outstanding collection of over 60 antique vehicles in one museum. The Boothbay Railway Village offers the unique environment of a rural village, beautiful gardens, and a village green surrounded by historic structures such as the 1847 Town Hall or the 1923 Spruce Point Chapel.
    www.railwayvillage.org - 207.633.4727
    Tidal Transit Kayak Co.
    You can spend an afternoon eye-to-eye with seals and herons amongst the secluded islands of the rivers or set off through the waters of a harbor that windjammers and fishermen have called home for over four hundred years. Whether it be on one of our tours, in one of our rental boats or if you simply want to drop by our shop for an idea on where to paddle on your own, the staff of Tidal Transit will happily get you set up to make the most out of your vacation.
    www.kayakboothbay.com - 207.633.7140
    Blackjack Sport Fishing
    The Blackjack is a custom 28 foot Downeast Bass boat built by Captain Dan for comfortable cruising and fishing on the Maine waters. Equipped with state of the art electronics: fishfinder, plotter and radar, my Father-in-Law & I have never returned from a trip with Captain Dan without having a good-sized striper.
    www.mainestriper.com - 207.380.5445
    Romar Bowling Lanes
    We have our very own Bowling Alley right down by Pier #1 that has been in business since 1929 (as far as we know!). Seven lanes of vintage candlepin goodness, and you're right next to the Harbor.
    Facebook - 207.633.5721

  • Pamper Yourself
    Massage with Rick Gilde
    Rick is a skilled health and wellness professional with over 20 years of training and experience in massage therapy. His skilled hands and exceptional knowledge of anatomy and physiology are sure to relax even the tightest of muscles! Appointments are available day and evening, 7 days a week.
    207.633.1195
    Manicures and Pedicures at Salon Capella
    Whether you need a full day of pampering, a quick manicure, or a completely new hairstyle you'll find it here. The talented and educated staff at Salon Capella offer skilled beauty services in a relaxed, soothing and friendly environment. Lisa gives a great mani/pedi, or ask for Donna if you want reflexology as well. We always leave the salon feeling refreshed and looking our best!
    www.saloncapella.net - 207.633.5555
    Yoga with Romee May at YogaFirm Studio
    Romee believes that happiness begins with a healthy body: when your body feels good, joy naturally awakens and spills into your everyday life. She has studied and practiced Yoga around the world as a student and teacher in the Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga traditions. Romee’s warm and passionate approach to teaching is complemented by her 22 years of experience and a deep understanding of the body's anatomy and energy systems. Susan has been taking yoga with Romee for 10 years.
    www.yogafirmstudio.com - 207.380.6975
    Gym, Pool, and Sauna at Boothbay Region YMCA
    If your definition of pampering includes cardio or weight training, racquetball, or a few laps in the Olympic-sized pool, then be sure to visit the Boothbay Region YMCA, Maine’s largest and most well-equipped facility of its kind. Follow up your workout with a dip in the therapy pool or a few minutes in the sauna. Visitors pay just $10 for a day pass.
    www.boothbayregionymca.org - 207.633.2855
    Astrology and Tarot with Andrea Goodman at Ruby Throated Spirit
    Andrea is a gifted teacher and spiritual guide. Her studio, Ruby-Throated Spirit, is a compassionate space for self-understanding through the wisdom and guidance of Mythic Astrology and Tarot. Andrea also offers guided meditation, Reiki and Sound-healing, and performs sacred ceremonies for weddings and vows, namings and memorials. You can contact Andrea via her web site prior to your arrival in order to arrange a detailed astrological chart reading, or call to schedule a Tarot session or for more information.
    www.rubythroatedspirit.com - 207.633.4175

  • Just up the Road
    The Maine Wine Trail
    A loose confederation of vintners in Maine, the Maine Winery Guild has a Wine Trail Map of 16 Vinyards located in Midcoast and Downeast Maine. Consider it a scavenger hunt for grown-ups.
    http://www.mainewinetrail.com - 207.882.7169
    Castle Tucker (Wiscassett)
    An early 19th Century Sea Captain's home, Castle Tucker is one of the most intact Victorian-era homes in New England.
    www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/castle-tucker/castle-tucker - 207.882.7169
    The Musical Wonder House (Wiscassett)
    The Musical Wonder House featuring 5000+ restored musical boxes, player grand pianos and organs, spring-powered phonographs, musical birds, porcelains, furniture, clocks, steins, whistlers, and even a musical painting, restored, demonstrated and displayed in opulent rooms furnished with antiques of the period.
    www.musicalwonderhouse.com - 207.882.7163
    Avalon Antiques (Wiscassett)
    Featuring over 100 dealers in an 11,000 square-foot showroom, Avalon offers a vast selection of high quality antiques including period & custom furniture, silver, glass, pottery, lamps, painting & prints, ephemera & books, as well as primitives and collectibles.
    www.avalonantiquesmarket.com - 207.442.4029
    Maine Maritime Museum (Bath)
    Located on the scenic Kennebec River in Bath, offers galleries, seven fascinating exhibits, and activities for all ages. Stroll through the only intact historic U.S. shipyard featuring five original buildings, take a behind-the-scenes tour of Bath Iron Works, learn the history of the Lobstering industry or enjoy one of several lighthouse and nature cruises.
    www.mainemaritimemuseum.org - 207.633.6855
    Pemiquid Point Light House (Bristol)
    Chosen to represent the State of Maine on the National Quarters collection, Pemiquid Point Light has recently been refubished and sits gleeming on the bluff of a magnificent cliff. In summer, you can climb to the light and visit the fishing museum in the base buildings.
    www.lighthouse.cc/pemaquid - 207.677.3266
    Pemaqid Beach (Bristol)
    Maine is known for its rocky coastline that winds for over 3,000 miles, up and down peninsulas and around coves and bays. A tiny percentage of that is sand beach, and most of that is south of Reid State Park in Georgetown. Yet here, in the heart of Midcoast Maine, is a rare jewel: a quarter of a mile of fine, white sand.
    www.bristolparks.org/beach.htm - 207.677.2754
    Nobelboro Antiques Exchange (Nobelboro)
    With 70+ dealers, offering furniture to silver and art to estate jewelry, the Nobleboro Antique Exchange offers a wide variety of antiques and decorative items, sure to fit any taste.
    www.antiquex.net - 207.563.6800
    The Transportation Museum (Owls Head)
    The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world, with more than 150 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines on permanent display.
    www.ohtm.org - 207.594.4418
    The Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland)
    Celebrating Maine's Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America's greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, the museum has one of the nation's largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson and its Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth.
    www.farnsworthmuseum.org - 207.596.6457