Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a top attraction

Sensory Garden at Coastal Maine Botanical GardensAlthough vacationers often explore Maine's rich history when they visit us, one of the newest nearby attractions is among the most interesting things to do in Maine.

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which is about 5.5 miles north of Spruce Point Inn, opened in 2007 and already has become an outstanding repository for New England's botanical history.

The garden is one of the few waterfront botanical gardens in the United States and has nearly a mile of tidal salt water frontage with tranquil island views. Visitors can stroll through nearly a dozen ornamental gardens, including the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, the Giles Rhododendron & Perennial Garden, the Vayo Meditation Garden, the Slater Forest Pond and the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden. It also has some great walking trails.

The Spruce Point Inn is proud to be a recommended lodging partner of the gardens, which is busy with a variety of free education programs about topics such as growing your own herbs, art, growing vegetables, birds, and even wood-sculpting. Special events include Plein-Air Painting Days in late May and the Maine Fairy House Festival in early August.

Admission to the garden is $12 for adults and $6 for children 3 to 17. Younger children are free, and there is a senior discount for those 65 and older. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The garden offers free guided tours to paying visitors at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays in season.

The garden is a great example of Mainers' determination. Planning for the garden started in 1991 when a community group organized because they believed there was a need for a botanical garden. Since then, the organization has raised more than $20 million. It held its grand opening June 13, 2007.

The garden has quickly become one of the top attractions in Maine, and we're proud to suggest our guests visit the gardens as one of the great things to do in the Boothbay Harbor area.