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“What a great place”

Boothbay Railway Village
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Boothbay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Leicester, Massachusetts, United States
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What a great place”
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 as it was a day with Thomas!
We were not disappointed. They had entertainment, singing, photos to be taken with Thomas and other characters, and tattoos. Even though we did not know these characters it was fun watching the children that were there interacting with them.
The rain came and went , and thankfully stopped altogether. This gave time for the roads to dry up and the walking easier. The buildings were very interesting and filled with some fun finds, such as the shaker house. A house filled with a collection of salt and pepper shakers (cute).
Thomas the engine was rolling around the tracks carrying people around the grounds. Very nice to see Thomas having photos taken with some very happy fans.
One building housed some very beautiful antique cars. One car was touchable, and the children , as well as the adults were thrilled to sit and drive and touch this oldie but goodie.
One entire building was filled with train sets. Great for any train fanatic.
Rooms with antique fire trucks , old engines buildings still used as town halls and voting places.
This was more than a railroad visit, it was interesting and historically fascinating.
A barrel train ride was full every time we saw it.
A pretty cool place.

Visited August 2013
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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
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 the festive atmosphere - we think it's an awful good time too!
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Medford, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A Day With Thomas the Train”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

This Railway Village is great anytime, BUT if you can spend a day with Thomas the Train...well, thats just as good as it gets! Saturday August 10th was such a day. Papa with his two year old grandson, along with Nana and Daddy spent the day at the Boothbay Railway Village with all the Thomas attractions. A twenty minute train ride on Thomas (all aboard, including grown ups), the kids Barrel train ride, family hay ride, Imagination Station making colored sand wrist-lets, and coloring. Food vendors. lemonade stand, BBQ, picnic, and all the best for a great day. The Kids would yell out "THOMAS" everytime the whistle blew. He is so loved by the kids, and to see the happy faces is just about as good as it gets! if you ever get a chance to spend the day with Thomas, do it, its a memorable experience for all ages.

Visited August 2013
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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
We're so glad you had a great time at "Day Out With Thomas." We appreciate that you took the time to post a review and we look forward to seeing you again next year when Thomas rolls back into Boothbay!
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Such fun”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Who doesn't love a train? In addition to the train ride this village provides a great overview of railroad history, interactive enough for kids of every age to enjoy.

Visited July 2013
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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thanks so much for posting a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit.
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Winterport, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great time for the family!”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I took our son down here for "A Day Out With Thomas" and we had a great time. The look on his face and in his eyes said it all when he saw Thomas-that amazement, wonder and happiness all in one. Plenty of other activities here too, from the "Kranky Karts" to the car museum, there is plenty to see here and spend an enjoyable part of a day at. This was a special event so there were some food vendors there, but they don't appear to normally have food there.

Visited August 2013
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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
We're so glad you had a great time at "Day Out With Thomas." Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Just so you know you are correct about the food vendors. We offer the food concessions only on special event days but guests are more than welcome to bring a picnic anytime they visit!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Second year in a row. Great time!”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We come here every summer with our daughter who is now three and we had a great time. This time we just missed the 1:30 train and had to sit and wait for the 2pm train. It worked out well since we then spent two hours at the village and took the last train (at 4pm) just before leaving. My daughter loves climbing on the old train cars and pretending to drive the one touchable car in the auto museum. I love the model train barn and watching it come together year after year. They have picnic tables there if you want to bring a picnic lunch or just sit and have a snack.

Visited July 2013
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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thanks for your review Paige. We're so glad we've become a family tradition. See you next year!
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