Plan Your Visit

A People’s Garden

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a people’s garden, a grassroots effort that began as a casual conversation between friends and evolved into the largest botanical garden in New England. Located on more than 300 acres along the MidCoast, the Gardens is a true Maine experience.

Hours

Closed for the regular season. Join us for Gardens Aglow, Nov. 19-Dec. 31.

May 1-October 23
Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Gardens is open rain or shine.

Admissions, May-October

Admission for the regular season, May-October.

Adults: $22
Seniors & Veterans: $18
Student (18+ with Student ID): $15
Children (3-17): $10
Children under 3: Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $55
Members are free.

Directions

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

105 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME, 04537
(207) 633-8000

Café & Food

Café
Open Daily
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Grab-and-go lunches and snacks

Snack Shack
Open Tuesday-Sunday
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Featuring goods from Wiscasset-based TREATS

The Gardens is open rain or shine. For this reason, we recommend waiting until closer to your arrival date to purchase tickets.

Garden Expectations

We thank you for following our garden etiquette during your visit for the safety and enjoyment of all guests. We reserve the right to remove any individuals who act in violation of our policies and guidelines.

  • We do not allow pets or therapy animals at the Gardens. Pets cannot be left in your vehicle in the parking lots. We allow service animals, as protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Local pet outfitter Two Salty Dogs has information about dog-sitting and other services in the region: TwoSaltyDogs.Net.
  • We do not tolerate acts or symbols of hate or discrimination at the Gardens. We welcome all people at the Gardens.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Please be respectful of our gardens and spaces – walk only on paths or lawns, and leave all plants, including flowers and mushrooms, and wildlife undisturbed. Tripods, strollers and other equipment must be kept out of garden beds.
  • Smoking or vaping is prohibited throughout the Gardens.
  • Do not climb on the Gardens’ sculpture.
  • Please note that, by entering, you grant permission for us to use your image for promotional purposes.
  • Gates are locked at closing. Exit the Gardens before the posted closing time.

What To Bring

Sun Protection

Many of our gardens are full sun—sunscreen, hats and sunglasses will keep you protected on your visit.

Comfortable Shoes

Our paths are accessible and easy to walk, but the Gardens is many acres. Wear comfortable shoes for an enjoyable visit.

Bug Spray

Maine woods can be buggy, so plan ahead.

Water Bottle

Refillable water bottles are a sustainable way to stay hydrated. We have multiple filling stations.

Camera

Camera

Take your memories home with you—take plenty of photos to share. #MaineGardens

Face Mask

Face Covering

Per State of Maine CDC guidelines, we recommend face coverings when Covid transmission levels are “high” in Lincoln County.

What To Leave Behind

Pets or Therapy Animals

Only service animals, as protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are allowed at the Gardens.

Weapons or Firearms

Drugs or Alcohol

Smoking, vaping, and other recreational drug usage is prohibited while at the Gardens.

Drones or UAV

Sports Equipment

Frisbee, ball playing, kite flying, etc. are not permitted.

Wheeled Devices

Skateboards, hoverboards, scooters, and other motorized equipment are not allowed at the Gardens. Wheeled devices are restricted to accessibility devices only.

Accessibility

Our buildings and central gardens are ADA compliant, making them fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. The terrain in the remainder of the campus varies – the paths range from pavers and compacted-gravel walkways to trails through wooded areas. Our shuttle runs continuously throughout the day; please check with the front desk upon arrival for a map of shuttle stop locations.

Electric scooters are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk in the Visitor Center. Rentals are $8 for nonmembers and $6 for members. We also have wheelchairs available at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis — simply ask at the front desk when checking in. For more information, call our offices at (207) 633-8000, or visit the front desk in the Visitor Center.

Our one-hour accessible cart tours are led by trained Gardens’ docents, rain or shine, on our quiet electric cart. The cart can accommodate up to five (5) people. Seating preference is decided on a first-come-first-served basis. These tours are a wonderful opportunity for those who may not otherwise be able to walk the Gardens.

Tours are offered daily from June 7 through October 17. The fee for the tour is $10 per person, except on Wednesdays when the accessible cart tours are free.

Registration is required ahead of time on our websiteAdmission to the Gardens is not included in the cost of the tour.

300 Acres to Explore

Explore our more than 300 acres of gardens and natural spaces, from the Native Butterfly and Moth House to the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden or Giles Rhododendron and Perennial Garden. See our gardens.

Art & Exhibits

From botanically-inspired art and photography to sculpture artfully settled into garden beds and on lawns, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has an expansive and ever-changing collection of botanical art and related exhibits. See our exhibits.