Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Windjammer Days

Annual Event Celebrating Maine's Maritime Heritage


JUNE 24 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2018 

Windjammer Days marks the kick off to summer in the Boothbay region and is a time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors after the long winter, an opportunity to support local businesses and welcome visitors. It is a time to honor our maritime history and celebrate the vital role it plays in the lives of all who live here.

Damariscotta Pumkin Fest & Regatta, September 2018

4th of July – Enjoy activities and events all day long followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor.

Rails, Tails & Ales: The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visitors will enjoy great craft beer from Maine breweries, an outdoor car show, plus a family-friendly setting (dogs & kids welcome!) including steam train rides.

Walking trails

The Darling Marine Center invites you to walk our network of trails.

Developed by veteran DMC volunteer, Elsie Morse, the trail system covers over 3.5 miles of terrain, through forests and fields, and along the river’s edge.

When you arrive on campus, please check-in at the Visitors’ Station in the Horse Barn lobby. The Horse Barn is the second building on the left. There you will find information for visitors including campus maps and safety protocol. To check-in, please sign the guest book.

Trail maps are available at the Visitors’ Station as well as at trail head kiosks located at both the upper and lower parts of the campus. or you

The upper Damariscotta River is famous for its enormous oyster shell heaps, also called middens. Native Americans created the middens over a period of about a thousand years, between 2,200 and 1,000 years ago.

The east side of the Damariscotta River once contained an enormous shell heap named Whaleback because of its shape. Much of this midden was removed in the late 1880s to supply a factory built here to process the oyster shells into chicken feed. As a result, only a small portion of Whaleback remains today.

Managed in cooperation with the Damariscotta River Association, the area around the midden is now a State Historic Site that includes a small hiking trail and beautiful views of the river. A series of interpretive panels helps inform visitors about the history of the area.