The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Located in Boothbay
Region: MidCoast & Islands
Activities: walking, nature and birdwatching, family friendly
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the largest botanical garden in New England, is located on nearly 300 tidal acres in the MidCoast region and is ideal for a day’s exploration with the whole family. This spectacular landscape has 17 acres of gardens and numerous walking trails through forests and along the shore of Back River. There are flowers blooming throughout the gardens and you can check the website to see what’s currently in bloom. Stop and relax a moment in the Vayo Mediation Garden, or stroll through the Lerner Garden of Five Senses. Watch butterflies soar and pollinate in the Native Butterfly House. The many features and unique gardens throughout the property provide inspiration and beauty to all who visit. The interpretive theme for 2020 is Wicked Wetland Wonders and the Gardens alone have over 250 wetlands to explore and learn about.
The Gardens also have numerous art and sculpture exhibits throughout the year as well as many permanent pieces. There is always something new to discover as you wend your way along the paths and through the gardens. Don’t miss the kinetic Wind Orchid or Chiseled Glass Orb sculptures.
If you want a cup of coffee or to grab a bite to eat, the Snack Shack and Market are open, serving foods prepared with local ingredients and Maine-made products.
To welcome guests back safely, a limited number of tickets are available for each arrival time. Advance tickets are required for admission, and no walk-ins are allowed. Visitors are required to have face masks available and to wear them indoors at all times (including in restrooms) and outdoors whenever social distancing is difficult to maintain. Some high-touch features of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden are currently closed.
From Bangor: 112 miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 52 miles
From Portland: 57 miles