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, you’re always within reach of the scenic waterfront. For even more information and insider tips, explore our free Vacation Guide. We hand-selected our favorite activities and attractions nearby for an unforgettable experience.

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

Sail boat at a lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Relax on the Water

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. There’s an abundance of popular options just a short drive away from the Topside Inn:

Attend Exciting Events and Festivals

View when walking over the footbridge at Boothbay Harbor Fest

If you’re searching for exciting shows and want to dive into our local culture, there are several options available.

  • Don’t miss a show at the historic Opera House, a unique venue for any performance. Their summer calendar has several must-see events!
  • Catch the latest blockbuster at the small-town, one-screen Harbor Theater.
  • Compete for putt-putt champion at Dolphin Mini Golf, ranked one of the top 10 mini-golf courses in the country.
  • Check out the revue at Carousel Music Theater or the summer theater show at the Boothbay Playhouse.
  • Listen to live music in the evenings at several local hotspots on weekends and throughout the summer.
  • Taste some local flavor and browse through creative vendors at the ten-day Boothbay Harbor Fest.
  • Watch top chefs goes head to head with tasty lobster bites in the Annual Claw Down competition.

Browse Art Galleries and Shops

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

West view of main house 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.

Before planning the ultimate trip to Midcoast Maine, download our Free Vacation Guide. Inside, find our personal favorite Boothbay Harbor restaurants, activities, festivals, and more. Plus, we included some helpful local tips on the area.