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Boothbay Harbor and East Boothbay Maine

Boothbay Harbor calls. We accept the invitation, arrive at 7 a.m., and wander the empty streets and marinas. It costs twenty dollars per day to park in the public shopping district or marina areas. We avoid that and pay three dollars to park all day in a local entrepreneurs shady back yard.

tugboat in maine's boothbay harbor

  footbridge picture in boothbay harbor maine

We walk back down and visit thirty or more clothing, household, gift, food, and specialty shops. Be sure and visit Enchantments if you want to see some crazy unique items. We investigate dozens of cruise options; ninety-minute dinner tours, two-hour river tours, four-hour whale watching excursions, and eight-hour full day offshore fishing trips. None suit our specific interest, budget, and timing situation so we grab a late lunch instead.

marina in maine

The drive to East Boothbay is beautiful. We park and rock scramble for two hours all around beach front estates, through small brush, over pebbly beaches, and along small cliffs. Later we visit a wood carving shop where an old man begs us to stay, telling us story after story of how Bar Harbor has been ruined by the cruise ships full of tourists.

maine boothbay harbor boats picture

Above: Picture taken from the Footbridge in Boothbay Harbor Maine.

kayaks in boothbay harbor maine picture

Above: Picture of kayakers taken from the historic Footbridge in Boothbay Harbor. The footbridge crosses a shallow section of harbor connecting both the east and west sides of Boothbay Harbor.

picture of tugboat inn restaurant in boothbay harbor maine

Above: Picture of the Tugboat Inn Restaurant in Boothbay Harbor. The harbor is so picturesque with the islands and boats dotting the landscape.

ram lighthouse in boothbay harbor maine picture

Above: Picture of Ram Lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor from Ocean Point Road. We were walking along the rocky coastline for about an hour just discovering little water pockets with sea life.

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