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“Definitely worth the drive! A hidden gem!”

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Boothbay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder on 270 acres of shorefront in mid-coast Maine. Strolling through spectacular ornamental gardens and traversing miles of waterfront and woodland trails, visitors are delighted by the beautiful plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls and fountains, and scenic views. It's no wonder the Gardens have been hailed as one of Maine's top three attractions. The Gardens are open 9-5 April 15 - October 31 (open until 6 pm in July and August). There is a cafe and gift shop on site. A visit at any time is a memorable experience.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 29 September 2008

I had seen this garden advertised in a couple of places, and decided it would be good "filler" for a trip to the coast of Maine, if we had extra time. It turned out to a be an amazing day!

It's a bit of a drive to Boothbay Harbor from Portland, but the drive takes you through charming small towns, with lots of shops and diversions if you choose.

The garden is relatively new, and just beautifully put together! Even though the parking lot was full the day we were there, we never felt as though the facility was crowded. It was the perfect day to stroll through the themed gardens along the riverfront and in the woods!

The staff was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable, and the cafe was just as pleasant an experience as the rest of the garden!

This is definitely a hidden gem on the coast of Maine!

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Reviewed 2 September 2008

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are gorgeous. We visited on Labor Day, September 1, 2008. Much of the garden runs along the waterfront with gorgeous views both of the plants and water. There is a gorgeous meditation garden with a beautiful stone sculpture and plenty of stone benches for resting and admiring the surroundings. There is also an incredible area of "fairy houses" that you really have to see to appreciate.

The gardens far exceeded our expectations. They also accepted our memberships in our own local botanical gardens for admission. Regular admission was $10 for an adult.

I highly recommend the stop for gardeners and those looking for a great walk in a wonderful surroundings. This is a must-see for those visiting Boothbay Harbor, ME!

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Reviewed 4 October 2006

Driving into the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, one passes unusual sculptures and indeed they are all over the place. The gardens provide seating on huge granite rocks along the paths of the coastal trail, the rhododendren gardens, and throughout the area there is a feast for the eyes-ferns, heath, roses, birche allee, ponds, a well designed reception center, and to come next year will be a sensory garden and a children's garden among other sites. For children, there is a Fairy Houses area, too. The Gardens provides docents to take you on tours on different days and to explain what you're seeing. There are many special classes, some of which are free. The CMBG is rich in offerings unlike anything else in the state and well worth a trip. Easy to get to, also. It's worth a detour!

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