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Boothbay Railway Village

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Address: 586 Wiscasset Rd, Route 27, Boothbay, ME 04537-4627
Phone Number: +1 207-633-4727
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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 vintage steam or diesel 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 vintage 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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Historic 2' Gage Railroad plus Fablous Antique Autos

Fun ride on the small trains that used to serve Maine timber industry. Also an excellent model railroad with models of old Portland. Also restored village.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fun ride on the small trains that used to serve Maine timber industry. Also an excellent model railroad with models of old Portland. Also restored village.

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Massillon, Ohio
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113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful village that contains an operating steam-powered narrow-gauge railroad as well as a re-created historic village and an antique automobile museum. Very nice gift shop.

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

Thanks so much for your review. We especially appreciated the comment about our gift shop. We try very hard to make it a fun experience! More 

Westchester, NY
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boothbay Railway Village provides a trip back in time-back to when kids didn't need constant sensory overload. Ranging from 1 to 9 my kids loved this place. It's slow paced but fun. The simply joy and pleasure of sitting in an old steam train can't really be explained it has to be lived. The people that work there are more... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We loved what you said about the Museum. The staff and volunteers here all believe it's a very special place too! Thanks for visiting. More 

Indiana
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105 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were one of three different tour bus at this attraction at the same time. We rode on the narrow gauge rail cars. The museum with the antique cars and machinery was interesting. If I was traveling in a car and saw all those buses I would have passed this by.

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

Thanks so much for the review. Hopefully guests in cars will see it and not be so afraid to stop in! We have a big campus with more than two dozen buildings and a gorgeous three acre village green so it's never crowded. Thanks so much for posting! More 

West Milford, New Jersey
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196 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the steam railway might be the big attraction to many, there is much more to the Boothbay Railway Village than that. The car museum, which also currently houses an impressive collection of early outboard boat motors, is very good, as is the HO Scale Model Train layout. Add to that a number of other historic buildings and collections, and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate so very much and are delighted you enjoyed your time here. We can't wait to finally finish our new engine display and move those outboards into their new home! More 

Conway
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband loves railroads and trains, so this was a no-brainer. They have rain rides, mini rail cars, antique cars, blacksmith exhibits, and lots of cool little goodies. The kids would love it!

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

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

Niskayuna, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I brought my kids (almost three and six) for an afternoon visit. It's an hour away from us and we had to be out of our house for a while. It was perfect. We explored for over two hours, and while at first the kids were wondering what we were going to DO there beside the short train ride, they... More 

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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're glad your family enjoyed your day with us. More 

Clark, New Jersey
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great narrow gauge railway museum. Train cars and a working train with regular rides. Many other exhibits such as a large antique car collection., salt and pepper shaker collection and old businesses such as blcksmith and general store. Plan to spend several hours to see it all, including a train ride which runs at least every hour. The pleasant and... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate all your kind words. More 

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42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my two daughters 3 and 6 to the railway village and went on a quick train ride and saw the antique cars and model trains and fed some goats. Staff was great and very friendly but the overall place was just average. We had a nice time killing some time with little ones but there wasn't anything I would... More 

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Thank John C
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thanks you for visiting and for posting a review. We're sorry to hear we didn't leave a stronger impression with you and your family. More 

Ambler, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

We started out with a ride on a steam powered railroad and then toured the buildings leisurely with no crowds. Their antique cars, a laarge model railroad and many building showing how people lived and work in the past.

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Thank Johns1776
BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Museum and for taking the time to post a review. More 

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