The midcoast of Maine is a fisherman's paradise, and Boothbay is the sleepy little village at the center of it. With a population of little more than 3,000, a majority of the town's residents do not live there year-round. Your search for vacation rentals in Boothbay will reveal a variety of options on the quiet Cape Newagen peninsula that serves as a hub of summer tourism. The rich maritime heritage of the region is proudly upheld by five prominent shipyards (including Washburn & Doughty) and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Bordered by the towns of Edgecomb and Boothbay Harbor, and situated between the Sheepscot and Damariscotta rivers, the town includes Damariscove Island. The Boothbay Region Land Trust works to conserve the area's natural habitat, designating over 30 miles of hiking trails free to explore the scenic beauty of Boothbay year-round. The organization hosts a variety of youth programs and events to introduce residents and visitors alike to native and invasive plants, animals, conservation efforts and local environmental issues. One of Maine’s top attractions, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, offers another way to explore the seaside - with a vibrant blend of color! Since opening in the summer of 2007, the distinguished botanical garden is the largest in New England, sprawling across 295 acres. The sweeping landscape incorporates nearly a mile of ocean-side and 17 acres spotlighting native coastal plants. The inspiring history of the Boothbay region is remarkably presented by Boothbay Railway Village and Boothbay Region Historical Society, two organizations that strive to capture the essence of Northeast seaside culture. The Boothbay Railway Village invites you to "ride the rails" behind an authentic steam locomotive through a nostalgic village designed to recreate the origins of Coastal Maine. The Boothbay Region Historical Society at Fullerton Park is a treasure trove of Boothbay history, with six rooms of artifacts, photographs, maps, and memorabilia reflecting more than 300 years of notable coastal heritage. Capture the essence of Maine and take a piece of Boothbay home with you when you visit The Butke Gallery, where John and Jill Butke pay tribute to the region in the form of original artwork and woven clothing. Or browse the offerings of regional farmers, fishermen, and artisans at the Boothbay Farmers' Market, Thursday mornings from mid-may through early October.