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“Escape from the crowd”

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
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3-Day New England Country Christmas
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 young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Dramatic, beautiful, luscious plantings landscaped on property that drops down to a river. Wonderful walking paths winding through the dense woods. One can appreciate the immense undertaking. Every year this improves by leaps and bounds.
A peaceful oasis near tourist crowded Boothbay Harbor

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

For the plant lover, this is the place to visit. Acres and acres of plantings from formal gardens in a lawn setting to more "woodsy" plantings. Nice walking paths to view all the different plants which all have identification plaques. It is a challenge to find your way back to your car in one of the many parking lots, and there is just a single admission regardless if you come when they open at the morning or if you come with just one hour remaining to closing time. I would say plan on at least half a day to visit and don't expect to do the gardens justice with just two hours.

Thank Apfels
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had a great time visiting the gardens, which are gorgeous! We got there around 4:00 on a Thursday, and got the 4:00 pass, which meant that we could stay until closing (5:00) and then return for as much time as we wanted on Friday for the cost of a regular ticket. This isn't on their price list and so you have to ask about it, but it was well worth it!

Thank L S
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This is a simply lovely garden with lots to see and admire. We visited twice in the past week--once with adults and the second time with a 2-year old. The children's garden is just wonderful--the watering cans and hand pump kept the little one engaged forever and then there's the sandbox, the tree house, and the little house with kitchen and table and chairs. This visit lasted 3 hours! We also took advantage of the lovely senses garden and did the coastal walk. The cafe now is table service rather than cafeteria style, and my chicken salad sandwich was delicious. Prices are reasonable, but it is not huge and tends to fill up quickly. Definitely worth visiting!

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

This garden has only been open since 2007 but it is, nonetheless, quite amazing. Especially given there are on about a dozen gardeners who maintain it. The plantings are mature and diverse and the layout is superb. The parking lot was full to capacity and while the gardens were full of people, you never felt crowded. The combination of formal gardens and quiet woodland walks was especially nice, and the stone sculptures throughout only added to the experience. Several things to note: 1) Driving in on Route 27, the sign to turn toward the gardens is almost invisible. Maybe something to do with local signage ordinances. We weren't the only people to do a U-Turn on Rt 27 to make the turn. 2) The cafe at the gardens is excellent, even if the service was a bit wanting. The prices for sandwiches seem high, but only until you see what you get. One sandwich could be enough for two light eaters. 3) For an attraction that appeals primarily to women, the rest rooms are hopelessly undersized. Four stalls are probably adequate in the men's room, but for the ladies this just isn't sufficient. 4) The parking lot is laid out by plant names. Very good idea until you realize that there is no map to what plant name corresponds to what area, where. At least not that we could find. It's easy to get confused; make sure you remember where you park! All that aside, these gardens can hold their own with many around the US and elsewhere. If you love flower gardens and can spare the time, this is well worth going out of your way to visit.

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