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Boothbay Railway Village

586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, ME
207-633-4727
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Ranked #2 of 9 attractions in Boothbay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: Travel back in time to vintage Vacationland. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by... more » Owner description: Travel back in time to vintage Vacationland. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a superb collection of more than 60 antique automobiles. The Boothbay Railway Village is situated on thirty acres and features more than two dozen historic buildings and structures including Freeport Station (1911), Boothbay Town Hall (1847), Thorndike Station (1871) and Spruce Point Chapel (1927). The Museum is also home to a world class model railroad display currently under construction. It's so large it has it's own building! Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals. The museum is also the only place in Maine to host Thomas the Tank Engine™ on his Day Out With Thomas™ Tour. Boys and girls of all ages enjoy meeting the #1 true blue engine from the Isle of Sodor right here in Boothbay! Pet-friendly (except during Day Out With Thomas™ & Fall Foliage Festival.) A unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Located just 45 minutes from Freeport in the beautiful coastal community of Boothbay. « less
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Salt Point, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The village is set up like an old town. The train takes you to a massive collection of antique cars. One of the best I have ever seen. A nice stop on your visit to Boothbay Harbor

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We know our car collection is our best kept secret - thanks for helping us spread the word about how great it is! More

Hethersett, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

$10 dollars each gets you a ride on the train and entry into everything else. My wife and I spent a leisurely 1.5 hours of enjoyment at this attraction. Really nice to see buildings and artefacts preserved for later generations.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed the museum! We agree that it is as Mainer's say a "wicked good deal." More

Hudson, FL
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207 reviews 207 reviews
48 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was Fathers Day and I expected crowds at this attraction. That didn't really happen though fathers got in free. It's a low key kind of place with workers who are mostly, I think, if not all, volunteers. We took the steam train ride which goes one and a half times around the little village and stops at another station... More

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. The Museum is a non-profit organization led by a board of directors who right now are working on plans for improving our site in the future! We'd love to renovate our exhibits, add some great interactive and experiential displays and remove lots of the plexi glass and other barriers. We do have a great... More

Scotia, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Lovers of trains will be disappointed, but kids will be delighted. The antique car collection is exceptional, however. Would love to have seen more trains!

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed the car collection. More

Stoneham, Massachusetts
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216 reviews 216 reviews
95 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband is the train lover, so I thought I was going just to keep him company as we visited another ho hum train museum. Boy was I wrong. We spent almost five hours at this incredible museum and I enjoyed every moment of it. It is actually like visiting several museums which only one $10.00 admission -- what a... More

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. There is so much more than a train ride here and we appreciate you helping share that with others. We hope you'll come back soon. We have some great events planned for 2014 including the 50th Anniversary of Antique Auto Days! More

Daytona Beach
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60 reviews 60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A wonderful collection of days gone by. Definitely worth the visit. For many youngsters, they've never seen a steam engine or some of the old cars. Thanks to all of the volunteers to make it possible.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit. We love our volunteers and they help us do everything from operating the train to stuffing envelopes. Come back soon! More

New Milford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

just a wonderful place to visit.went for the Fall Festival and had a great time.The Antique Auto Museum they have is worth the price of admission!! one of the best auto museums ever..

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

We're blushing! Thanks so much for writing a review. We do have a pretty cool collection of cars from the 1902 Rambler to the 1962 Rolls Royce - each one tells a story! More

Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

The admission was a bit steep but it was a nice place. The steam train ride was short but fun. The antique car museum was amazing and the village was interesting. Lots of open space for just hanging out and they allow leashed dogs on the property. Over all it was nice.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

We're glad to know you enjoyed your visit. We were a little surprised you thought our admission price was expensive. Our adult fee is just $10 and kids $5. Most other area museums and attractions range in price from $12 - $15 or even more. The Museum is a non-profit organization and annual admission revenues cover less than 1/3 of... More

Connecticut
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158 reviews 158 reviews
21 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I really like this place and have been visiting it for almost two decades. The two-footer steam train makes a circuit then another one, and on the second one stops at the top. There is a great car museum "A 1902 Rambler to a 1962 Rolls", some really wonderful cars. There is an early 1900s Oldsmobile, Packards, Model Ts including... More

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks so much for posting your review and for being such a loyal visitor. The Museum will turn 50 next year so we know there are lots of stories about two and three generations growing up visiting and watching the Village grow and change. We have some new programs in mind for next summer, we hope you'll be back! More

Leicester, Massachusetts, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Riding around on a partly cloudy, rainy day with the sun not making any promising appearances we decided not to go to the gardens and came upon the railway village. We stopped and were told that some of it is inside and some outside decided to give it a tour. We sure were wishing we had our grandchildren with us... More

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing to visit the Railway Village and for taking the time to post a review. There certainly are a lot of things to do in our region and we're glad that you visited us! We know that when we host Thomas it pretty much takes over the entire campus. We're so glad that you enjoyed... More

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