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Boothbay Railway Village

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Address: 586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, ME 04537
Phone Number: +1 207-633-4727
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us...
We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us. 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 collection of 60 antique autos. When you visit the Museum you'll learn about how technologies like steam engines and the automobile changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. In addition to the opportunity to ride in a vintage coach behind a 100 year old steam locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of our Ford Model Ts. Two of our most popular attractions are the resident goats who delight visitors of all ages with their antics. From a display of hundreds of salt & pepper shakers to a collection of engines that powered everything from small boats to whole factories, there truly is something for everyone in your family here. 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 a unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
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This place is fantastic for kids and adults

I hate to rave because maybe someone won't be as impressed as I was. But I thought this was a MAGICAL place. For $10 I was expecting a train ride and maybe a little room with some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I hate to rave because maybe someone won't be as impressed as I was. But I thought this was a MAGICAL place. For $10 I was expecting a train ride and maybe a little room with some pictures or models. This place is beautiful, a big park. You can picnic there. They have a couple cute little goats. There are... More 

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Be sure to stop by the Boothbay Railway Village for an afternoon of fun for both adults and children. A train ride around the property is a treat for everyone. A look into the past with many exhibits. Antique car museum is amazing and we spent some time watching the baby goats frolicking in the field. Everyone we met was... More 

Centereach, New York, USA
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Nice train ride and interesting exhibits for people of all ages. Don't miss the model train exhibit. The volunteers there did a tremendous job!!

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

So glad you enjoyed the Model Railroad exhibit. We agree that our volunteers are awesome! More 

Derby Line, Vermont
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was some great history and was very enjoyable, then train ride is not that long, but was nice, when we got off the train we checked out the car museum and miniature train station. Those were both a big highlight as the rest of the historical buildings.

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

Thanks so much for visiting and for posting a review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Saugus, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed the museum, but could not believe the restroom was so far from the gift shop and place tickets are sold. I enjoyed the train ride and walking the grounds to see all the old buildings and display inside them. The fire station was cool with old fire trucks inside. There appears to be no option for a guided... More 

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

Those darn bathrooms. We totally agree they are way too far away! We'd love to fix that someday. About the tours do come back again because we just hired our first Director of Education and Curator and not only will there be more living history but also new interactive exhibits in the future! More 

Califon, New Jersey
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We stopped on our way out of town and stayed for hours. What a fun and well put together museum. You can walk the park-like museum or take the steam engine. The buildings, cars, engines are very well maintained. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Clean restrooms! Worth the stop.

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and visit and for giving us such a great review. We wish everyone who visited Boothbay Harbor would stop and discover the magic that you did! More 

North Bethesda, Maryland
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We thought this would be just a short train ride but there is an enormous amount of rich material here to look at. Recreations of old Maine buildings, exhibits depicting the lifestyle of an earlier era, lots of actual railroad structures, a building filled with antique cars, and much more can fill many hours. For railway enthusiasts, note that the... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Jeffersonville, Vermont
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We've been going to Boothbay for years and I always drive by the Railway Village not thinking that is an adult area. WOW was I ever wrong, we stopped by to see a car show and took a tour of the Railway Village. Totally impressed, a history lesson about the rail system in Maine, as well as a great collection... More 

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

We're so glad you finally stopped to see for yourself. Thank you for the lovely review. Come back and see us again soon. We have big plans for the future! More 

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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had a great time at Railway Village, spending a couple of hours roaming the different buildings, seeing antique cars, tractors and fire trucks. There was also a fantastic model train exhibit that our 6 year old absolutely loved. And the steam engine train ride was also a lot of fun. A highlight was riding in the back seat of... More 

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

Thanks for writing a review. We love to surprise guests with Model T rides whenever we have a volunteer available. Glad you got to enjoy that special treat with your family! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I've been to the museum a few times, especially as a kid. It's a great price and not expensive for a family to visit. You can bring your own lunch and eat right there on small picnic type tables. Your admission gets you unlimited train rides on a scale model, antique steam train around there small village. There are antique... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. Just so folks know the steam train is not a scale model but in fact something called Narrow Gauge which was historically what five of Maine's railroads were. With just 2 feet between the rails (instead of the Standard 4' 8 1/2") many guests think it's an amusement but... More 

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