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Our treasured location at the top of McKown Hill is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation with a short walk to all the best things to do in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Any visitor is sure to find an endless list of possibilities and unique experiences waiting for them here. Pull up a chair at top-rated restaurants, browse local boutique shops, tour art galleries, or enjoy a peaceful stroll across the famous footbridge. Plus, the views along the waterfront are always within reach.

With so many delightful adventures in our area, we simply can’t fit them all on one page. Scroll down to see some of our favorites, but don’t forget to claim our free Vacation Guide to discover even more. From brewery tours to oyster festivals, Boothbay Harbor has it all.

Enjoy Some of the Best Things to Do in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Relax on the Water

Sail boat at a lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

A trip to Midcoast Maine isn’t complete without taking advantage of the scenic waterfront area. There are dozens of exciting opportunities to step aboard a boat and enjoy a unique ride to historical sites, lighthouses, and islands. Head to the pier at the bottom of our hill and try some of these adventures:

Check out Unique Attractions on Land

View of flowers in Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, a fantastic attraction in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

You can still have a one-of-a-kind Maine experience while keeping your feet on dry land. An abundance of popular options are just a short drive away from the Topside Inn:

Attend Exciting Events and Festivals

Unique viking ship sailing for an event in Boothbay Harbor

Dive into our local culture and immerse yourself in the excitement of our seasonal celebrations. You’ll find no shortage of entertainment here, and you’re sure to leave with lasting memories.


  • Join us for yearly opening parties as we open our doors and welcome guests for another fantastic season at Topside Inn.


  • Don’t miss a show at the historic Opera House, a unique venue for any performance. Their summer calendar has several must-see events.
  • Earn your spot as the putt-putt champion at Dolphin Mini Golf, ranked one of the top 10 mini-golf courses in the country. They host an open tournament every year during the weekend after Labor Day.
  • Check out the revue at Carousel Music Theater or the summer theater show at the Boothbay Playhouse.
  • Join us for boat parades and fireworks displays at the Windjammer Days Festival.
  • Watch top chefs goes head to head with tasty lobster bites in the Annual Claw Down competition.
  • Taste some local flavor and browse through creative vendors at the ten-day Boothbay Harbor Fest.
  • Enjoy oysters any way you want them at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival.




Browse Art Galleries and Shops

Man looking at paintings at the Farnsworth Museum

There’s something for everyone amongst the shops, art galleries, boutiques, and merchants in Boothbay Harbor. If you’re not a shopper, you can still find something fun to do downtown. You can almost always grab some ice cream or take a relaxing stroll. Check out some of our favorite establishments here, starting from the bottom of our hill.

Explore the Nearby Area

Beach at Reid State Park

Boothbay Harbor is ideally situated as a base for exploring the midcoast region. Plan to stay a while — there is some great exploring to do. We have everything you need right here in Boothbay Harbor, but if you want to venture out and explore further, stop by some of these attractions:

Experience It All at Topside Inn

When it’s time to book your lodging in Maine, look no further than the Topside Inn. Our bed and breakfast in Boothbay Harbor has everything you need for a memorable stay. Enjoy airy, coastal-themed guest rooms, top-of-the-line amenities, and a delicious three-course breakfast each morning. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re always happy to help. We offer on-site concierge services to help plan your day and maintain a bulletin board of current activities to reference at your convenience.

All of these incredible attractions are waiting for you in Boothbay Harbor, and we’re here to help make your trip perfect from start to finish. Book your stay today and get one step closer to our Midcoast Maine paradise.