Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

On Maine's coast, stretching across 100 hectares (248 acres) of land, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has woodland trails, plants, ornaments, waterfalls, and scenic views. Here you'll see sculptures of fine artists from Maine. Take part in one of many seasonal walking tours, or try a sightseeing boat or educational program on-site. The garden itself is open year-round featuring an array of themed zones and activities. The cafe serves organic produce. Don't miss the gift shop, with handmade jewelry, clothes, home accessories, books, and tools. Check in advance about activities taking place during your visit. A visit to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Boothbay trip itinerary builder app to plot your vacation.
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  • Visited on the 4th of July -- while it was very hot it was worth it! lots of places to walk around -- beautiful varieties of textures, colors -- guided tour is the best! The cafe has great food! There...  more »
  • We spend our summers in Boothbay and absolutely love the Botanical Gardens. If you are here for a week or longer, definitely look into their summer camps. They are extremely well organized, fun, educa...  more »
  • A wonderful experience for all ages. The garden is well manicured and the staff is fantastic. The adventurous hikers can take the shoreland trail to huckleberry cove. The bench by the water provides a...  more »
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  • Though I think we only saw a small portion of these beautiful grounds, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Our kids loved the children's gardens, particularly the pond explorer program. They also loved building in the fairy garden. The only thing that would have improved it could have been better maps and signage. We spent a lot of time trying to sort out exactly where we were, and how to get to the next area we wanted to see (and I believe my husband and I are both pretty good map readers).
  • It is not possible to have too much of the beautiful experience of visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Parking is easy with a short walk to the visitors center, and a drop off as necessary near the door before parking. Kind and informative check-in folks, with maps, and suggestions as needed, and extensive walkways to journey to every corner to the gardens. Regular tour buses picking up and dropping off for those who prefer a ride. Lunchrooms, bathrooms, and an interesting shop are all available. But these excellent qualities are only the framework for extensive and beautiful gardens, something for all ages. Wind sculptures, water gardens, a butterfly garden (still in it's infancy -much more is planned), places with special magical to appeal to children, even a meditation garden well off the beaten path. Go there! Your spirit will be refreshed by the experience of a journey to these gardens.
  • One of the most gorgeous botanical gardens I've been to, and one with a tremendous back story. There's a lot of construction and expansion going on up front but once you enter the gardens themselves it's utterly serene. Beautiful sculptures accentuate the nature. Make a point of stopping by the on-site restaurant, too. The food is made with ingredients from the gardens and local suppliers. It's delicious!
  • Multiple gorgeous gardens filled with a huge variety of plants, sculptures, and interesting landscaping, plus a lovely walk-through butterfly enclosure and a fun little gift shop! The staff were all friendly and helpful as well. Not every garden might be super exciting for young kids but there are a couple large sections designed with kids in mind that one can enjoy at any age! There's also lots of benches with picturesque views, so if you tire easily there's plenty of spots to take a pleasant break! I personally really enjoyed the rhododenrons and listening to the rubber-band-sounding frogs in the pond!
  • I was very impressed with the the gardens. I think we came at the right time. One thing that I really liked was all they had for the kids to do. There are seven, I believe, kid sized houses that carry the theme of seven books. In one of the houses they have two walls covered with copies of the books for you to read along with a sitting area. One house has a well for filling watering cans and to wash clothes using an old wash board. They evidently started the garden with kids in mind. I liked the sensory garden. You have the opportunity to taste various herbs and edible plants. There is also a lot for adults. Long and short beautiful trails and walkways. There is a shuttle if you get tired. A butterfly house and an optional boat ride. There is food offered on site and a large gift shop. We could only stay for a few hours but I am sure we could have made a full day out of it. I will go back on my next trip to Maine.
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