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How Compact is Boothbay Harbor?

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How Compact is Boothbay Harbor?

We're planning to visit Boothbay Harbor for a day this summer while we are staying in Kennebunkport. We'd like to visit the Botanical Gardens, take a puffin cruise, and walk around the town's shops and restaurants (thinking Blue Moon Cafe for breakfast and Lobster Dock for lunch- thoughts on those choices?). Can we park the car in one place and walk to these places? Or would we need to drive between them? We're all in reasonably good shape, no mobility issues or small children. Thanks!

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1. Re: How Compact is Boothbay Harbor?

Boothbay Harbor is very compact and you can walk to everything. However, the Botantical Gardens are in Boothbay (not Boothbay Harbor), a short drive away.

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Thanks very much! The two look close on the tourist map, so I wasn't sure if it was a real geographic distinction between the two, or just a political one.

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It's about 3 to 3.5 miles from downtown Boothbay Harbor out to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. That's a bit over an hour walking time (one way). Most people would drive. Downtown BBH is pretty walkable, especially with the footbridge connecting the eastern (Lobster Dock) and western (Blue Moon Cafe, Tour Boats) sides of the main habor.

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4. Re: How Compact is Boothbay Harbor?

Thanks, that is very helpful. We'll plan on seeing the gardens at the end of the day, then, so we don't have to park twice.

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The gardens have their own parking lot, so you won't be looking for a spot like you will in town. I would definitely drive there.

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Boothbay Harbor's "downtown"is fairly compact. The piers for boat rides and the waterfront Blue Moon are nearly adjacent to one another. On foot to the Lobster Dock, you'd walk from the town center across the footbridge, turn right, and go another 5-10 minutes; it's a good choice for lunch or dinner. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is fantastic! Well worth a visit, but it's a 10-15-minute drive from the center of Boothbay Harbor.

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7. Re: How Compact is Boothbay Harbor?

Thanks, this is really helpful! It sounds as if the proximity of what we are doing will help. Our current plan for the day is to leave Kennebunkport very early, get to Boothbay Harbor around 8:30, park, have breakfast at Blue Moon Cafe, do the 10 am puffin cruise, then after the cruise have lunch and wander the shops, heading to the gardens around 2:30 or 3 and staying until they close at 5. Does that sound doable? Is there usually a long wait for a table in high season? We won't have as much time as we would like anywhere, but we're hoping it will give us a taste of everything.

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