Summer & Fall: Burnt Island and the Burnt Island Lighthouse can be found as the gatekeeper for Boothbay Harbor if you are traveling by sea. This wonderful lighthouse has been a beacon to mariners for over 100 years. A trip to the island can be made by taking the ferry called The Novelty off Pier 8 in the heart of Boothbay Harbor. The ride is short and the views are phenomenal. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and plan on enjoying a spot on the rocks overlooking the entrance to the harbor. While you are there keep your eyes open for diving osprey which are usually can be spotted fishing for their meal of the day. It’s not unusual to see bald eagles soaring into the trees on the south side of the island. During one of our last trips we had the opportunity to watch harbor seals basking in the sun along the rock lined shore. You could hear them barking to each other as we approached the backside of the island. As we crested the top of the hill there they were in all their glory rolling around on the rocks enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun. After your trip to Burnt Island is complete don’t forget that the Maine State Aquarium is close by and is a great place to take the kids to learn more about the harbor seals and the sea animals that they encountered while on the island. Boothbay Harbor is known for its other attractions, such as shopping. There are some great gift stores, specialty candy stores and antique shops in town. If you are looking for places to eat there are both indoor and outside dining places. If it’s rest you are looking for than plop yourself on one of the benches in the heart of the town and watch the boats come in and out of the harbor. Boothbay is a great place to spend some time and Burnt Island is a fun place to explore while you are there.