Maine is a state defined by water, and Boothbay Harbor, a town of 2,000, puts it on display in the State Aquarium. The state’s varied marine life is so concentrated here so that you can take it in within a single afternoon. The main gallery recreates Maine’s rocky coast and features sea anemones, sunstars, sharks, skates, and, last but not least, giant lobsters of up to 23 pounds. The museum is open seven days a week from 10:00-5:00, and costs $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Boothbay was founded in the 17th century, and witnessing its history is as easy as walking its streets. The harbor, of course, is a natural destination, still pulsing with ships and still worthy of postcards. If you’re thinking about staying overnight, Boothbay has dozens of B&Bs, hotels, and seaside cottages that offer true tranquility.
Think small town Maine lacks high culture? Think again. Boothbay’s Harbor Opera House is home to frequent performances of classical music, jazz, and theater. Check out its website to see what’s on tap during your visit: www.boothbayoperahouse.com.
Directions: Boothbay is about an hour’s drive north from Portland. Take I-295 north for about 11 miles. Take exit 17 for US-1 heading north towards Yarmouth/Freeport. Follow US-1 for about 30 miles. At Brunswick, take a slight right onto Boothbay Road/ME-27. Stay on ME-27 for about 30 miles until you arrive in Boothbay.