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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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Address: 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Off Barters Island Road, Boothbay, ME 04537
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+1 207-633-8000
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder on 270 acres of...

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.

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A treat for the sences

A garden you will never forget. Inspiring ,good for the soul . Pleases all the senses. All ages are catered for & all love it. Art & horticulture are the perfect mix .The food is... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Edgecomb, Maine
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Edgecomb, Maine
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

A garden you will never forget. Inspiring ,good for the soul . Pleases all the senses. All ages are catered for & all love it. Art & horticulture are the perfect mix .The food is good too.

Thank zehmjoan
South Paris, Maine
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We went to the Botanical Gardens on New Year's Eve for their light show. It was absolutely breathtaking! There was an overabundance of people, but that didn't take away from the beauty. Will definitely go again.

Thank IamSamSamIam
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

We visited on a beautiful day in October and pumpkins were on a display throughout the gardens. It was a great way to get exercise with beautiful vistas. Variety of gardens, woodsy trails, long trail through the forest down to the shoreline and a short hike to the Rhododendron garden. Cute Fairy houses in a designated area of the forest.... More 

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Webster, NY
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

We were excited to attend the Gardens Aglow light show this Christmas. It was beautiful! The paths are well marked and it was easy to follow and see all the lovely lights. It was very cold but there was plenty of room to warm up in the lobby/gift shop area. We also had dinner in their cafe which was delicious.... More 

Thank MommaJage
Wiscasset, Maine
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

I have visited the gardens several times over the years its always a must stop. There is always something in bloom and the gardens are beautifully maintained, adding new plants each year. They are a very popular tourist attraction in the mid coast and can be extremely busy during peak June-September. Visit in November - December 31st and enjoy Gardens... More 

Thank Donna A
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

I've been here a few times in summer and fall, but I just experienced the Gardens Aglow. Well done! Beautifully presented and organized with timed entries. My favorite summer sights are the sense garden and meditation garden. A special place added to the spectacular Maine coast.

Thank Annie B
South China, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

First Timers. We came for the Gardens Aglow Holiday Lights. It was Absolutely Beautiful. Got tickets for 10 of us to go so our South & North Carolina Family could join us. So Many Oh's & Ahh's and pictures galore. Will try come back every year. You must see this display!!

Thank Marcia A
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

I have visited many times and never been disappointed Each time another garden has been built This is a very busy place in the summer and weekends long waits. I have a membership because I live in the area but if spending a summer in Maine, I recommend it.

Thank travellots747
Fairfield, Maine
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

While the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is awesome in summer (well worth a visit, some of the best flower gardens anywhere) the Garden's Aglow holiday light display cannot easily be described. The sheer volume of lights is breathtaking. Extremely dramatic and very tastefully done. It is totally well worth braving the cold weather. Dress warmly and enjoy. They offer a... More 

Thank Warren H
Oahu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

The Gardens Aglow Festival is a wonderful attraction to add to the holiday festivities here in Boothbay Harbor. They added a shuttle bus this year to take us to and fro the attraction. There was a bonus this year as the town was lit up everywhere. So beautiful to get the additional lights after the viewing of the gardens. So... More 

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