Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Don't miss our collection of more than 60 antique autos, from a 1902 Rambler to a 1962 Rolls Royce.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Narrow Gauge Steam Train Rides
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Q&A with Margaret Hoffman, Assistant Director
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Apart from the antique autos and our collection of trains and train-related items, we also care for more than 28 historic buildings and structures, including the original Freeport Station (c1912), moved here in 1964 when Maine Central Railroad stopped cargo service on that line. For more than fifty years LL Bean shipped packages around the world from that station. Other buildings on the grounds include a rare octagonal crossing shanty from Portland (c1905), Thorndike Station (c1871), Boothbay Town Hall (c1847), and Spruce Point Chapel (c1927).
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Maine’s Merci boxcar is part of the permanent collection at the Boothbay Railway Village. A restoration of the car and its beautiful plaques, bearing the coats of arms of all of the provinces of France, was completed in 2009. The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad box cars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from at least that many individual French citizens. They were showing their appreciation for the more than 700 American box cars of relief goods sent to them by (primarily) individual Americans in 1948. The Merci Train arrived in New York harbor on February 3rd, 1949 and each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift laden box cars. The 49th box car was shared by Washington D.C. and the Territory of Hawaii.
Windward Farm owner Sandra Davis brands her sylvan piece of Maine as a friendly and welcoming environment for beginning to intermediate riders to practice whatever riding discipline they wish. Lesson horses make for suitable learning animals as students learn to command their saddled friends in the insulated 72’x200’ indoor arena or the 100’x220’ outdoor arena.
The farm also hosts camps during the summer, when youngsters aged 7–16 descend on the grounds to learn and have fun under the close watch of highly qualified counselors who make sure campers don’t practice unsafe riding technique or try to sneak horses in their minivans at the end of the day. During their time on the farm, children learn equestrian tidbits such as grooming and tacking up their horse as well as efficient riding, and they spend the rest of their time making arts and crafts projects and playing games.
During the course of its more than 50-year history, the Maine Maritime Museum has amassed a collection of more than 21,000 artifacts, including 140 small watercraft. Knowledgeable docents unveil this collection on tours, as well as guided walks through two shipyards and a Victorian-era shipbuilder's house. In warmer weather, guides also dispense nautical trivia during cruises down the Kennebec River. A series of rotating
exhibits have focused on naval architecture, examined
mariners' relationships with weather, and traced the history of
Your kids will love seeing the cultural offerings available on site at Maine State Aquarium's great center in West Boothbay Harbor.
Check out this aquarium's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this aquarium — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When you get the itch for some culture, stop by here and get your fix of great culture all weekend long.
Sitting in a comfy seat watching an absolutely thrilling movie sounds like the perfect night. Visit Eveningstar Cinema in Brunswick for a great time with family and friends.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this theater should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
The perfect place to take the kids, this theater won't cost you a sitter.
Pull your ride right up to the screen at Eveningstar Cinema's drive-in theater.
Eveningstar Cinema provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Opt for an evening of bowling at Yankee Lanes of Brunswick in Brunswick and see how many pins you can pick up.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this alley promises the perfect dish for you.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this alley — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad.
Need a drink? Check out the extensive and well-crafted beverage list.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.