Activities in beautiful Mid Coast Maine
Lighthouses • Outdoors Activities • Arts • Shopping
Here are some of our favorite places to spend time when we are able to slip away from the Ocean Point Inn for a little while. They await your discovery all around Boothbay Harbor and in nearby locations along Maine’s beautiful Mid Coast. We hope you’ll take time while you’re here in the Boothbay Harbor area to enjoy some of them, too.
On the water
With over 3400 miles of rugged Coastline, the Boothbay Region is the perfect spot to get out on the water and experience the natural beauty and abundant wildlife coastal Maine has to offer. With a rich maritime heritage in boatbuilding, Boothbay Harbor has become known as the Boating Capital of New England and at any given time the waterways are bustling with activity. For visitors to the region, there ample opportunities for whale watching, sailing, fishing, kayaking and cruising for a to provide .
There are few things more quintessentially Maine than lighthouses. Their illuminated towers were originally erected to signal the mouth of a harbor — they were a much-needed beacon for storm-tossed sailors. Today these lighthouses have become icons of coastal Maine, and visitors travel from all over the world to see them. Boaters can take a self-guided lighthouse tour to view the region’s five lighthouses. In addition to Burnt Island, there’s Monhegan Island Light, The Cuckolds Light, Hendricks Head Light, and Ram Island Light. While the last three are not open to the public, these coastal sentinels are a wonder to behold up close from the water. Venture over to Pemaquid Point in the Damariscotta region and climb the winding stairwell to the top of the historic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.
Grimes Cove | Route 96, Ocean Point This little rocky gem of a beach is nestled in a cove at the end of Route 96. It has great vistas of the surrounding islands, and photographers and artists can often be seen capturing the views. There is plenty of parking along the rocks, and the Ocean Point Loop is a great way to exercise and take in some of Maine’s most beautiful coastline.
Pemaquid Beach Park | Snowball Hill Road, Bristol, ME A hidden gem with a wonderful little sandy beach, snack bar, and restrooms on-site. The property also has a beach house for changing clothes and rinsing off as well as a picnic area.
Reid State Park | Sequinland Road, Georgetown, ME This state park features two miles of hiking trails, a long stretching sandy beach, and picnic tables under shady trees with spectacular ocean views. There are also public restrooms.
Popham Beach State Park | 10 Perkins Farm Lane, Phippsburg, ME A local favorite, Popham Beach is a lovely place to walk and enjoy an ocean swim, or a peaceful afternoon of reading. Ample parking, clean facilities, and a picnic area.
The Midcoast region is full of sweeping meadows, lush forests, saltwater estuaries, and lakes and ponds perfect for fishing or swimming — it is no wonder the conservationist Rachel Carson found this region so special. You’ll also find an abundance of public spaces, playgrounds, and beaches for you and your family to enjoy. Images
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Public access to 35 miles of trails and two working-waterfront wharves
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
The largest botanical garden in New England comprising 295 acres
Visit the recreated historic Maine village & ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive
Barrett Park | Lobster Cove Road, Boothbay Harbor, ME This is a great little park filled with lush trees and shade perfect for picnics, kids, and dogs! Located off Atlantic Avenue on the east side of the Harbor.
Fort Edgecomb | 66 Fort Road, Fort Edgecomb, Edgecomb, ME. Little has changed in the past 200 years here, so it is easy to imagine patrols on the lookout for British warships. Stroll down to the shore beneath the fort and enjoy the peaceful, breathtaking views across the river to Wiscasset. You can see seals and lobster buoys bob in the water as lobstermen drift by. A great spot for a family picnic by the water.
Damariscotta Lake State Park | 8 State Park Road, Jefferson, ME Damariscotta Lake features fresh clear water and a nice little sandy beach.
La Verna Preserve | Route 32, Bristol, ME Great hiking for older children and pets. The preserve features abundant plant life and the trail ends with breathtaking views!
Swimming Hole at Bristol Dam | Bristol Dam Loop, Bristol, ME A true old-fashioned swimming hole, where the water is fresh, clean and warm. Parking is limited, so get there early in the day.
Colonial Pemaquid | State Historic Site, Huddle Road, New Harbor, ME Learn about local history and archeology on this site with panoramic views of the harbor and surrounding area. The property includes the lighthouse, a nice little museum, and a picnic area.
For generations, the stage of the historic 1894 Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, Maine has played host to actors and musicians from around the state and around the globe. With over 100 events and performances annually, there is almost always something happening at the House-an evening with a Grammy winning musician, a visit from a Broadway actor, nights of jazz or bluegrass, rocking Celtic concerts, lectures, holiday celebrations and community events fill our schedule. With fine acoustics, historic charm, a great old bar room upstairs and a commitment to reasonably priced tickets, the Opera House is a gathering place for the local community and visitors alike.
Sculpture Boothbay now in its third year, offers the only public walking Sculpture Trail in the State of Maine. The Trail which began in the downtown corridor of the harbor has now expanded to the East Boothbay and Southport Island peninsulas showcasing the diversity and natural beauty of the Boothbay Region while promoting the arts. A Trail Map lists the locations of each sculpture and information on each artist.
Getting Out On the Town
The Midcoast region is a foodie-lovers delight with an abundance of fresh seafood, farm raised beef, lamb and poultry, locally sourced oysters and mussels, as well as fresh vegetarian and vegan dishes.
At Ocean Point Inn, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week offering some of the finest cuisine in the Region. With nightly specials, hand-crafted cocktails and one of the most extensive wine lists in the area, there is always something wonderful to satisfy even the most discriminating of palettes.
The Midcoast Region is full of shops brimming over with unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts as well as souvenirs to remind you of the beautiful Boothbay region.