Boothbay Harbor is a town in the county of Lincoln, state of Maine, in the United States.
Boothbay Harbor has one of the finest natural harbors on the Maine coast. Long before it became nationally known as a summer resort it was famous as a fishing and trading port as well as shipbuilding center with ships anchoring here from all over the world. The early settlement, called Townsend, was incorporated in 1764.
Today, the boatyards produce pleasure and commercial craft and the harbor and moorings are crowded with both resident and visiting boats of all sizes. Commercial wharfs offer visitors an opportunity to view fishermen unloading the day’s catches. A variety of day cruises are offered as well as deep-sea fishing trips and offshore clambakes. Fine accommodations and restaurants featuring Maine seafood and other native specialties are abundant, as are attractive and unusual shops. The well stocked library in the center of town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Boothbay Harbor offers many attractions, including an aquarium, historic opera house performing arts center, lighthouses, and a picturesque 1,000-foot footbridge which connects the east and west sides of the inner harbor. Barrett’s Park is a favorite spot to walk, swim, sunbathe, or sightsee off Lobster Cove Road. A marine aquarium is open summers and visited by thousands each year. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains a station at Boothbay Harbor and serves the boating public of mid-coast Maine.