Did you know that Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is known as the “boating capital of New England”? Our charming coastal town is a boater’s paradise where inlets, harbors, and passages attract yachtsmen from far and wide. Even if you don’t have a boat of your own, there are plenty of fantastic ways to get out onto the water. You can explore nearby islands, admire wildlife, and enjoy the spectacular scenery that has made Midcoast Maine so famous. Scroll down to find our favorite Boothbay Harbor boat tours. If you’re curious about our area, feel free to browse our free Vacation Guide. It’s the perfect way to get acquainted with Boothbay Harbor.
Embark on an Adventure With These Boothbay Harbor Boat Tours
For an unforgettable adventure on the water, book a tour with Cap’n Fish’s Boat Trips. This company offers a wide range of excursions, from Boothbay Harbor puffin cruises to sunset dinner cruises. They are excellent ways to enjoy the sights, sounds, and wildlife of Midcoast Maine. Plus, their boats have comfy chairs, indoor and outdoor seating, and refreshments. If you’re not sure which tour to take, we recommend the two-hour Cap’s Special. This tour features beautiful views of lighthouses, sea life, coves, and villages.
Have you ever had the opportunity to see a humpback whale up close? For a memorable adventure, consider one of Cap’n Fish’s whale watching trips!
No trip to Maine is complete without a lobster cruise. Captains Randy and Nate at Sail Muscongus offer the most authentic lobster boat tour available in the area. Step aboard to learn the history of Boothbay Harbor and see porpoise, osprey, eagles, and, of course, lobster. You can even help the crew pull up lobster traps and see what’s inside. Tours are offered each day from June through September in the morning, mid-day, afternoon, and evening.
Balmy Days Cruises
If you’re short on time, don’t worry. Sign up for a one-hour sightseeing trip with Balmy Days in Boothbay Harbor, ME, and make the most of your trip. Guests aboard The Novelty can admire everything that Boothbay Harbor has to offer. Bring your camera to capture views of lighthouses, wildlife, unique boats, and the rocky shores of Maine.
If you’d like to enjoy one of these scenic cruises, we can help. Take a look at our Monhegan Island Adventure package to get started.
A vacation highlight for many of our guests, schooner boat tours provide a remarkable sailing experience. These large sailing ships were built to carry cargo in the 19th and early 20th century. Windjammers were the grandest of merchant sailing ships, with three to five large masts and square sails. The Schooner Lazy Jack in Boothbay Harbor is the oldest windjammer in the area, offering a unique experience. You’re welcome to enjoy two-hour daily sails as well as private charters with views of Burnt Island Light, Squirrel Island, Ram Island Light, and more.
Schooner Eastwind is the largest charter schooner in Boothbay Harbor and offers delightful two-hour voyages at 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Sit back and relax as you sail past remote islands accessible only by boat. The Smith family has extensive knowledge about sailing and is available to answer any questions you may have. You’re in good hands with them, and you’re sure to have a fantastic adventure.
When you stay at Topside Inn, feel free to enjoy our Schooner Sail package. It’s the perfect experience from start to finish with a boat tour, a wine and cheese picnic, and comfortable lodging with stunning views of the harbor.
Check out These Local Events While You’re Here
Boothbay Harbor may be a small town, but our community comes together for some big celebrations. You can spectate boat parades, indulge in local cuisine, dance to live music, and more. Here are just a few of the upcoming events we recommend to visitors:
- Windjammer Days (June)
- The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival (July)
- Boothbay Harbor Fest (August – September)
- Boothbay Food and Music Festival (September)
Return to Land and Relax at Topside Inn
If you want to experience our area like a local, a Boothbay Harbor boat tour is the way to go. After an adventure on the sea, come home to our bed and breakfast and unwind. Our inn overlooks the harbor and offers top-notch accommodations and amenities.
Consider Room 6 to enjoy a spacious, coastal-themed environment. Lounge in the window seat and gaze out into the harbor, relax in your king-size bed, and wake up to incredible breakfasts each morning. It’s one of the best ways to experience Boothbay Harbor.
Check our availability and book your stay today. We look forward to welcoming you to the Topside Inn.