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Boothbay Railway Village

586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, ME
207-633-4727
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Ranked #2 of 10 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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San Francisco, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for kids. Our two young kids could have spent all day here. There's old buildings here from Maine railroad stops, model trains to play with, and unexpectedly also rooms full of antique cars, which even us adults found fascinating as it was the largest collection i've ever seen

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Thomas the Tank was visiting. Everyone had a great time. Great model train exhibit and also wonderful collection of antique cars. Well worth the visit.

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surfinginflorida
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157 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We took the kids, 3 and 5, for a day out with Thomas. They had a blast. They loved Thomas, as well as all of the other activities. We spend several hours there and the kids weren’t ready to leave. The people who work at the railroad obviously care about the trains, the culture and the kids. Terrific memories the... More

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DeLand, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Visited during A Day Out With Thomas, but would return even without Thomas there. Many exhibits include several vintage buildings (a train depot, church, gas station, toy shop, old house, and many more). You can step into the buildings and viewed the glassed off exhibits of period furnishings, etc. There is a large building full of antique automobiles, but we... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We're so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the Museum as much as you did Thomas. Come see us again - you must see the car collection - lots of reviewers say it's the best part of the museum! More

Augusta, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My family of four, including two teenagers, visited on a wonderful July afternoon. We all enjoyed the train ride, antique cars and historical buildings. The teens especially liked the trains that they could climb inside and take pictures. The volunteers and very friendly and full of information!

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate your kind words especially about our staff and volunteers! They work very hard to make your visit special. More

Salt Point, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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67 helpful votes 67 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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48 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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47 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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121 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 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

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