The Boothbay Botanical Gardens cover several acres of different gardens located in the town of Boothbay, Maine. The Boothbay Harbor Region is called the soul of the Maine Coast. Visiting this area gives you a choice of a quiet time to relax your soul or an active time with the many activities and attractions in town. BBOnline recommends the following attractions while you're here.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Barters Island Road
Boothbay, ME 04537
One of the most beautiful collections of ornamental gardens with stunning stonework, waterfalls and sculptures makes this a delightful place to visit. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is also called the Boothbay Botanical Gardens. This 248-hectare park has shorefront and woodland trails that take you through the gardens. Its latest garden is the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden, which offers a chance for children to learn while playing. The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses has features that appeals to each of your senses.
275 Wiscasset Road
Boothbay, ME 04535
One of the attractions other than the Boothbay Botanical Gardens is the Boothbay Playhouse, with its historic theater that was built in 1937. Many fully staged productions such as Broadway favorites have been staged in this theater, including "The Sound of Music," "Call me Madam," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "The Secret Garden." Other gardens are just as equally interesting and have different themes.
Maine State Aquarium
194 McKown Pt. Road
West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
The Maine State Aquarium showcases a wide collection of specimens within the region, such as a 17-pound lobster and different colored lobsters. There are also interactive exhibits which your kids will enjoy, such as the tide pool touch tank with live sea urchins, sea stars, sculpins, sand dollars and horseshoe crabs. The shark touch tank will let you touch dogfish, which are true sharks, and skates. When you go back to your Boothbay Inn, you will take back with you additional knowledge on Maine's marine life.
Boothbay Railway Village
586 Wiscasset Road
Boothbay, ME 04537
A very interesting place to visit that gives you glimpses of the rich New England heritage is the Boothbay Railway Village. What is fascinating here is that you actually get to try a steam train ride, and touch and sit in a collection of more than 60 antique vehicles. You can see a rural village with beautiful gardens and a real village green in the center of historic edifices.
The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
The Opera House, built in 1894, is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It's a venue for many local and international performances ranging from Celtic concerts and lectures to jazz nights. There are more than 100 events and performances held here annually, so watch out for these schedules; you might have a chance to catch them playing. It would be a great way to end your day before retiring to your Boothbay Bed and Breakfast.