Summer in Boothbay Harbor is the perfect season to soak in the sunshine and experience all the fantastic activities that only the Pine Tree State can offer. Visiting Boothbay Harbor will introduce you to a slew of one-of-a-kind experiences. As the boating capital of Maine, Boothbay Harbor boasts a wide variety of ways to get out, explore, and make lifelong memories that you’ll always cherish.
If you’re interested in even more things to do in Maine in the summer? Then you won’t want to be without our complimentary Boothbay Harbor Vacation Guide! This carefully curated vacation planning tool is filled with only the best recommendations for local activities, attractions, dining, and much more, so you can have the summer you’ve been dreaming of.
How to Have the Best Summer in Boothbay Harbor
Explore the Best Hiking Trails in the Area
The Boothbay Region Land Trust is one of the most beautiful areas for hiking in Midcoast Maine. Whether you’re looking for a scenic loop or a wildlife-filled trek, you’ll find the perfect hike for your summer in Boothbay Harbor right here. If you’re in the mood for a unique adventure, you can also add our Monhegan Island Adventure package to your trip. As you hike through the island, you’ll discover unparalleled sights of wilderness areas, towering cliffs, and crashing surf.
Dine at the Best Boothbay Harbor Restaurants
There’s no better way to get to know a place than by trying the food that defines it. Maine is a prime example of this. From fresh lobster rolls to tasty oysters, every meal you have in Boothbay Harbor will be delightful.
For the best local dining experiences, be sure to have a meal at these Boothbay favorites:
Relax on the Beach
What’s a summer vacation without soaking in some rays on the beach? Boothbay Harbor has plenty of great beaches to visit. While some are known for their rocky alcoves, others are perfect for laying out a towel, digging your toes in the sand, and simply relaxing in the sunshine. Pemaquid Beach Park is recognized as one of the cleanest beaches in Maine!
See the Coast of Maine from the Water
If you’re hoping to spend some time on the water this summer, you’re in luck! There is an abundance of opportunities for visitors to explore the waters of Boothbay Harbor during the summer. Whether you decide to rent a kayak for the day, set sail on a traditional schooner like the Lazy Jack, or hop aboard a whale-watching boat tour, we guarantee your boating excursion will become one of the highlights of your Maine getaway.
Attend the New England Clambake on Cabbage Island
Clambakes are a summer staple in Maine, meaning this is an activity you won’t want to miss! One of our favorite places to enjoy this delectable seafood feast is Cabbage Island, a five-and-a-half-acre island located off the coast of Linekin Bay. Each summer since 1956, the owners of Cabbage Island invite visitors from all over to enjoy a scenic boat ride to the island and then share a tasty and traditional clambake. Your meal will include a steaming cup of New England fish chowder as well as two bright red lobsters, steamed clams, corn on the cob, and Maine potatoes. Don’t forget to try Mrs. Leavitt’s famous blueberry cake for dessert!
Celebrate at the Windjammer Days Festival
Windjammer Days is a week-long festival in Boothbay Harbor that has quickly become a highly anticipated annual event. The celebration honors Maine’s rich maritime history with an array of unique activities such as boat parades, contests, fireworks shows, live music, and more. Every part of the Windjammer Days Festival offers an incredible way for visitors to immerse themselves in local history and culture, while creating a slew of lasting memories.
More Ways to Enjoy Summer in Midcoast Maine
- Visit the Burnt Island Lighthouse
- Attend a show at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
- Spot unique marine species at the Maine State Aquarium
- Stop and smell the roses at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
- Uncover Maine’s rich history at the Boothbay Railway Village
- Explore the finest local art galleries
Ensure you’ll have time to experience it all by staying with us at the Topside Inn! Our bed & breakfast offers bright and airy accommodations just a short walk from the center of town and the beautiful harbor. Each day at the inn starts with a wonderful breakfast that incorporates the best fresh and local ingredients. During the day, you can enjoy all the wonders of Midcoast Maine with any of our extraordinary vacation specials. At the end of each day, you’ll love our relaxing outdoor spaces that include beautiful gardens, rocking chairs, and Adirondack chairs. All this creates the perfect environment to lounge in, while enjoying fascinating sunsets over the harbor.
Check our availability and book your summer in Boothbay Harbor today. We can’t wait to share our beautiful area with you!