It’s summer in Maine ...
Where else would you want to be but by the sea in the Boothbay Region ~
Wiscasset ~ Damarisotta ...
A lovely summer morning in Boothbay Harbor. GARY DOW/Boothbay Register
ON THE WATER ... take a boat trip, rent a kayak, paddle board, go swimming!
SWIM at Barrett’s Park in Boothbay Harbor; Grimes Cove, Knickercane Park, Boothbay; Dogfish Head Beach, Southport;
HIKE-WALK-STROLL ... Boothbay Region Land Trust preserves; around Ocean Point; Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens;
In Boothbay ... Boothbay Railway Village Museum is a must stop;
In Edgecomb ... Fort Edgecomb; Dodge Point;
In Wiscasset: Castle Tucker, Sunken Garden;
Masks will be required as well as 6-foot distancing. Visit websites for all COVID-19 related changes for these attractions, many of which are listed below ... keep scrolling past the article postings!
SATURDAY, JUNE 19
Sign up: 9 a.m. - $25 fee
Races begin at 10 a.m. Categories include gas classes based on length and cubic inches, diesel classes based on horsepower and length, a wooden boat race, gas and diesel free-for-alls, and four races just for Boothbay region boats.
Best viewing: Maine State Aquarium, McKown Point Road, W. Boothbay Harbor
Pier 1, Boothbay Harbor
207-613-7339 / 1-800-613-6638
Cap’n Fish’s Boat Trips have more cruises than you may have time for! Puffin Cruise, Whale Watch, Captain’s Special, Cocktail Cruise, Outer Islands Cruise, Inner Islands Cruise, Audubon Puffin and Scenic Cruise, Pemaquid Point & St. John’s Bay Cruise, Kennebec River Cruise ... Special events cruises during Windjammer Days, Fireworks Cruises ...
Traditional New England clambake with fish chowder, two lobsters, steamers, potato, onion, egg, corn on the cob and the best blueberry cake in Maine.
Substitute a roasted half chicken dinner if you are not a fan of Maine lobster. Kids have a special menu, too: chowder, hot dogs, chips and cake.
There is a bar with soft drinks and adult beverages.
After arriving at Cabbage Island on the Bennie Alice, explore the island before dinner. Or play some of the lawn games set up.
Buy tickets by calling 633-7200.
20 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor, next to Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot.
Eastwind, at 65-feet, is the largest schooner whose home port is Boothbay Harbor. Named for a Coast Guard cutter Herb Smith once served on, she was built by Herb and Doris Smith on their farm in Albion. Eastwind has a 14-foot beam, a frame of local white oak, planking out of Oregon cedar two inches thick.
Pier 8, Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor.
Balmy Days Cruises ships - the Novelty and Miss Boothbay; Bay Lady, a Friendship Sloop
The company also offers lighthouse and harbor tours, mackerel fishing trips; and it is the ferry to and from Monhegan Island. Bay Lady can take up to 12 passengers for sails.
586 Wiscasset Road/Route 27, Boothbay
Boothbay Railway Village Museum is an outdoor history museum and re-created Maine town of 1850-1950. The Village covers more than 15 acres and has more than two dozen historic and reconstructed buildings. These include the goat pen and blacksmith shop; Antique Auto Museum, model train exhibit; and the 1940s Harrington House. Each of the buildings are exhibits in themselves. Take a ride on the narrow gauge railroad aboard a steam engine train! Check out the website for this year’s events and more information about this Boothbay treasure.
Events this year include: Olde Village Days; the Bicentennial Maine 200 + 1 exhibit, and Antique Auto Day with a Sock Hop!
97 Cross Road, Alna
Maine’s Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington (WW&F) Railway was a two-foot narrow gauge common carrier railroad that operated from 1894 until 1933. The line ran from Wiscasset in the south, to Albion and Winslow in the north, never making it to Waterville or Farmington. The Great Depression brought about the railroad’s scrapping in 1937.
WW&F Railway Museum was founded in 1989 to restore and rebuild the railroad. Since then, the museum has restored 2.6 miles of railroad, rebuilt an original WW&F steam locomotive, and restored several railroad cars.
Visit the website for this year’s events!
2 Lee Street, Wiscasset
June 1 to Oct. 15, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After purchasing the old mansion in 1858, wealthy shipping broker Richard Tucker Jr. and his young wife Mollie, redecorated in the Victorian style. The house is still filled with their furnishings, including an original parlor and four generations of kitchen technology. Hear the Tuckers’ dramatic story while exploring the rooms of this architecturally striking property overlooking the Sheepscot River.
50 Sugar Maple Lane, Boothbay
Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the perfect Maine golf course, featuring breathtaking vistas, challenging holes, and a sea breeze blowing off the ocean.
The 18 championship holes are truly a "Pure Maine" golfing experience with innovative design, incredible conditioning, and beautiful landscaping.
Stop into the Club for a beverage and a bite to eat after your game!
510 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay / 633-4828
Come play on a unique mini-golf course with a nautical theme. This specialty designed and built obstacles provide a challenge to those who wish to perfect their putting skills through this nautical-themed 18-hole course.
Feel free to make a few wagers with ice cream confections as prizes!
Don’t miss taking a turn around the Kenneth E. Stoddard Shell Museum ... you will be amazed at this extensive collection from all over the world.
If you’re here in early-mid September you just might want to enter the Dolphin Open.
The Stoddard Shell Museum has exhibits from around the world ... some may be the largest shells you’ve ever seen ...
Homebase - with hiking trail: Oak Point Farm - 60 Samoset Road, Boothbay Harbor.
633-4818 / email@example.com
BRLT offers more than 35 miles of hiking trails open to the public, year-round, free of charge.
Properties include woodlands, wetlands, salt marshes, islands, seabird and wading bird habitat, feeding areas for migratory birds and butterflies, historical and archaeological sites, and working waterfront.
Each trail has a kiosk with trail maps and other local information.
132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay / 633-8000
It’s the inaugural summer of ... Trolls! Check out the website for “The Guardians of the Seed.”
Gardens have long been places of healing, tranquility, and beauty and CMBG has it all. From the Garden of the Five Senses to the Zen Garden, Children’s Garden to the Kitchen Garden ... and the herbarium, a collection of dried, pressed plant specimens.
Please visit the website for changes due to COVID-19. Please note: There will be no shuttle service or accessible cart tours at this time. Some benches have been removed.
15 Wharf St./Pier 1
A scaled down topsail schooner, Lazy Jack is constructed from long leaf yellow pine planking over white oak frames and measures 48ft. in overall length, with a 12 ft. beam and a full keel that draws 6 ft.
Under a full press, Lazy Jack carries a mainsail, foresail, staysail, jib, jib topsail and a fisherman. It’s capacity is 14 passengers.
419 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport
Call ahead to see if the exhibit is open when you arrive. Masks required. Social distancing will be applied; fewer visitors will be able to enter the museum at the same time.
The house was donated to the Town of Southport, Maine in 1987 and moved from its original location on Pierce’s Cove. Built by John Cameron in 1810. The central building remained in the Cameron family for 100 years. They were a family of fishermen. One year their vessels flew the high line, signifying that they had taken more fish than any other Southport family.
The house has eight rooms: kitchen, parlor, map room, marine room, pantry and three upstairs bedrooms. There is also a boat shop, and an addition to the original building which houses three exhibit rooms and a reference room with various archival and genealogical materials.
86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor
Box Office: 633-5159
All COVID-19 related precautions are and will be observed - no exceptions.
This season’s musical roster includes ... Ellis Paul, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Gaelic Storm, Alison Brown, Matt Nokoa, Jim Brickman, Skerryvore, John Gorka, Sons of Serendip ... and others - “pandemic willing.”
131 Lobster Cove Road, Boothbay Harbor
Parking across the street in the unpaved lot.
Picnic, play Frisbee, walk your leashed dog ( remember to pick up after them, pooper bags are at the entrance); swim, read, fish,
The park stretches out into Linekin Bay like a mini-peninsula. Great water views ... relax and let nature take care of the rest!
Please take everything you bring back home with you.
Restrooms available. Please wear your mask.
Remember to wear your masks when you cannot be 6-feet apart from other visitors.
274 West Alna Road, Wiscasset
For over 50 years Wiscasset Speedway has been the place to be for stock car racing fans. Divisions include: Pro Stock, Late Model Sportsmen, Modified, Super Modified, Strictly Street, Super Street, Outlaw Mini ... and more.
Free parking. Disabled persons parking available near the main gate. Golf cart shuttle rides are available to the gate upon request.
Tall Ships Festival - a prelude to Windjammer Days this year - June 25 - 27 made possible through a partnership between the Friends of WIndjammer Days and Tall Ships of America!
The ships: Spirit of Bermuda, Privateer Lynx, Nao Santa Maria, and Alert. Deck tours! FMI - visit www.boothbayharborwindjammerdays.org
Windjammer Days Festival - June 27-July 3
Fish relay races, lobster eating contest, antique boat parade, Red Cloak history tours, pirates, children’s activities, Artists Alley, Golf Tourney, Crab cake cook off, Blessing of the Fishing Fleet w/inner & outer harbor parade fireworks ... more!
Most of the traditional events are being held this year, with Maine CDC guidelines being observed. Don’t forget your masks!