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5 of the Best Things to Do in Boothbay Harbor

Harbor seals in Boothbay Harbor: things to do in Boothbay Harbor.

There is no place in the world like Midcoast Maine! Fresh-caught lobster, beautiful Atlantic Ocean views, and rich maritime history are only the beginning. If you are daydreaming of your next Midcoast Maine vacation, then read on to discover five of the best things to do in Boothbay Harbor. Afterward, make planning your next getaway as easy as falling in love with the help of our Things to Do in Maine page. Get yours for recommendations on restaurants, art galleries, boat tours, and more.

The Best Things to Do in Boothbay Harbor


Enjoy the Greatest Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

Midcoast Maine is home to some of the most stunning wildlife viewing opportunities in the United States. Whale and puffin watching season begins in April, and the best way to catch a glimpse of these beautiful seasonal visitors is on a guided boat tour with Cap’n Fishs’ Tours.

Of course, no list of Maine wildlife is complete without harbor seals! These famous residents make their homes in many places on the state’s coast. If you would like to get a closer look at these stunning animals, then we recommend Tidal Transit Kayak. No experience is necessary.

Get a Taste of Maine’s Craft Beer Scene

After a sun-soaked day on the water, there are few things more refreshing than a cold, craft beer from a local Maine brewery. The Maine Beer Trail features 80 breweries, and you’ll find a handful of them near Boothbay Harbor. Among the area’s nearby breweries include Boothbay Craft Brewery, Footbridge Brewery, and Oxbow Brewing. Cheers!

Indulge & Eat Like the Locals

Dining is one of the most important parts of any vacation, and there is a restaurant in Boothbay Harbor for every occasion. For a casual dining experience, grab a lobster roll at Karen’s Hideaway or some great fish & chips at Bet’s Fish Fry. If you are searching for an upscale dining experience, then make a reservation at Ports of Italy: this traditional Italian restaurant prides itself on an extensive wine menu and dishes made from only the freshest local ingredients.

For more recommendations on the area’s top restaurants, remember to check out our Things to Do In Maine page.

Cruise to Cabbage Island for a Clambake

Cabbage Island Clambakes is a one-of-a-kind summer tradition. If you are unfamiliar with Cabbage Island, it is a small private island located off the coast of Maine; the island is only accessible by boat. To make your way to the island, you will go aboard the Bennie Alice in Boothbay Harbor. Trips to the island are available seven days a week from the end of June through Labor Day weekend, but the cruise itself is only the beginning!

Once you arrive on the island, visitors are treated with a traditional clambake on the water’s edge. You can look forward to a hearty meal of fish chowder, lobster, potatoes and onion, corn on the cob, and the best blueberry cake in Maine.

Take a Stroll on the Famous Footbridge

No list of things to do in Boothbay Harbor is complete without the Boothbay Footbridge. This historic bridge was built in 1901 and connects the east and west sides of Boothbay Harbor. Take in the spectacular views, and remember to take your time to explore the shops and places to eat at either side of the bridge. One of our favorite stops to make is Wannawaf, a wonderful ice cream parlor with hot Belgian waffles topped with Maine ice cream.

Stay Near It All at Grey Havens Inn

For an authentic “Old Maine” experience, look no further than Grey Havens Inn. Our historic bed and breakfast is situated along the rocky Atlantic coast, featuring breathtaking ocean views and proximity to the area’s top attractions.

The Dock - Grey Havens Inn

You will love the comfort and convenience of our inn. Our award-winning restaurant, “BLUE,” means you’ll never need to worry about where to have dinner, and complimentary breakfast is always included in your stay.

Our bed and breakfast is on the tranquil shores of Harmon’s Harbor in Georgetown. We are only 45 minutes from Boothbay and 20 minutes away from downtown Bath. If you are ready to plan your getaway, check our current specials and book your stay! We can’t wait to host you at Grey Havens Inn.

view of the Sunrise Suite

Book a Stay With Us

When you book any of our elegant accommodations, you can always look forward to our lovely amenities and and top-notch service.

Complimentary breakfast is always included in your stay, and our onsite restaurant, BLUE, means you’ll never need to worry about where to go for dinner.|

 We can’t wait to host you at Grey Havens Inn!

Close up of frutti de mare at BLUE

Enjoy Dinner at BLUE

BLUE offers you delicious American cuisine in a fine dining setting at our inn. The menu features seafood, steaks, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Our seafood chowder is widely recognized as being spectacular!

Before or after dinner (or both!), we welcome you to enjoy cocktails and the ocean view on our wrap-around porch. It’s a fantastic way to end a great day in Maine.

Pemaquid Lighthouse Maine Northside View

Explore the MidCoast

Georgetown Island is centrally located in MidCoast Maine, and the Grey Havens Inn makes an ideal basecamp for you while exploring the area.

We are just 1.5 miles from the sandy beaches of Reid State Park, minutes from the iconic FIve Islands Lobster Pound, and short drives to scenic towns and shopping, thought-provoking museums, great food & drink, and a multitude of outdoor activities. 

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