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Around Camden, Maine

Welcome to Camden, Maine “the village where the mountains meet the sea.” Camden is a beautiful seaside community of white, steepled churches, stately homes, excellent restaurants, unique shops, and galleries. One of Maine’s loveliest coastal villages surrounding a picturesque harbor, one of the most photographed in New England. You are sure to fall in love with this great small town of simple pleasures and unforgettable sunrises.

There is always something to do in Camden, no matter what the season. Summer and autumn are, of course, the most popular times of the year. Not only for the beautiful weather of the mid-coast, but also for the activities available.

Just a short ride or walk from the center of town is Camden Hills State Park with its thirty miles of trails throughout the slopes of Mount Battie. Take a picnic lunch, drive up the auto road or hike to the top and take advantage of the breathtaking views and excellent photographic opportunities.

Picnicking and hiking on Mount Battie are only the beginning. Rent a kayak and paddle on the quiet, crystal clear waters of Lake Megunticook, or off shore to the many islands outside the harbor. Swim in the warm waters of the lakes or in the brisk waters of the Atlantic. Relax on one of the peaceful, uncrowded beaches. Certainly, no visit is complete without spending some time sailing on a historic windjammer.

If you’re ready for a quieter time, come see Camden’s fine library with its noted collection of maritime paintings and ship models.

When you’ve worked up a good appetite, you can find a great meal at one of our many restaurants. Whether you want to be seated and served a multi-course meal in an elegant setting, or you want to sit at a picnic table and enjoy a great Maine lobster, yards from where they are caught, or anything in between, you can find it here.

There’s so much to do in and around Camden, Maine it can be hard to know where to start. Below you’ll find activity recommendations… whether you want to spend your time shopping, immersing yourself in the history of Maine, or hiking.

For more suggestions, visit the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce’s website – Camden, Maine Vacation – or the official website of the Maine Office of Tourism – Visit Maine.

Dining and Drinking Around Camden, Maine

Restaurants

  • Cappy’s Chowder House – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Waterfront – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Peter Ott’s – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • 40 Paper – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Francine Bistro – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Fresh – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Natalie’s – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Atlantica – Camden (Short walk downtown)

Wineries

  • Cellardoor Winery – Lincolnville (12-minute drive)
  • Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery – Union (18-minute drive)
  • Breakwater Vineyards – Owls Head (22-minute drive)
  • Sweetgrass Winery – Union (27-minute drive)
  • Tree Spirits Winery & Distillery – Oakland (1 hour 15-minute drive)
  • For a list of Maine wineries, click here.

Breweries

  • Sea Dog Brewing Co. – Bangor (1 hour 17-minute drive)
  • Atlantic Brewing Company – Bar Harbor (1 hour 34-minute drive)
  • Allagash Brewing Company – Portland (1 hour 40-minute drive)
  • For a list of Maine breweries, click here.

 

Outdoors Adventures Around Camden, Maine

Camden Harbor Schooners

  • Schooner Surprise
  • Schooner Olad and Sailing Yacht Owl
  • Schooner Appledore
  • Schooner Lazy Jack II
  • Schooner Heron
  • Maine Windjammer Cruises
  • Camden Harbor Cruises

Lighthouses

  • Curtis Island Light – Camden Harbor (Short walk downtown)
  • Indian Island Light – Rockport (9-minute drive)
  • Maine Lighthouse Museum – Rockland (16-minute drive)
  • Rockland Breakwater Light – Rockland Harbor (22-minute drive)
  • Owls Head Light – Owls Head (28-minute drive)
  • Marshall Point Light – Port Clyde (43-minute drive)
  • Grindle Point Light – Isleboro (1 hour 25-minute drive)

Wildlife Watching

  • Aldermere Farm to see the Belted “Oreo” cows – Rockport (6-minute drive)
  • Hardy Boat Cruises Puffin Watch – New Harbor (1-hour drive)
  • Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch for puffin and whale watching – Boothbay Harbor (1-hour drive)
  • Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. for puffin and whale watching – Bar Harbor (1 hour 48- minute drive)

Hiking

  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust – Camden (20-minute drive)
  • Merryspring Gardens – Camden (20-minute drive)
  • Camden Hills State Park – Camden (21-minute drive)
  • Acadia National Park – Mount Desert Island (1 hour 40-minute drive)
  • Baxter State Park – Millinocket (2 hour 29-minute drive)

Beaches

  • Laite Memorial Beach – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Lincolnville Beach – Lincolnville (11-minute drive)
  • Reid State Park – Georgetown (1 hour 20-minute drive)
  • Popham Beach – Phippsburg (1 hour 24-minute drive)
  • Old Orchard Beach – Old Orchard Beach (1 hour 54-minute drive)
  • York Harbor Beach – York (2 hour 17-minute drive)

Golfing

  • Goose River Golf Club – Rockport (4-minute drive)
  • Rockland Golf Club – Rockland (12-minute drive)
  • Samoset Golf Course – Rockport (14-minute drive)
  • Northport Golf Course – Northport (25-minute drive)

Biking

  • Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • New England Mountain Bike Association Trail List Trek Across Maine

Fall Foliage

 

Arts & Culture Around Camden, Maine

Museums

  • Conway Homestead and Museum – Rockport (4-minute drive)
  • Maine Lighthouse Museum – Rockland (16-minute drive)
  • The Farnsworth Museum – Rockland (18-minute drive)
  • Henry Knox Museum – Thomaston (19-minute drive)
  • Coastal Children’s Museum – Rockland (20-minute drive)
  • Sail, Power & Steam Museum – Rockland (21-minute drive)
  • Owl’s Head Transportation Museum – Owls Head (25-minute drive)
  • Penobscot Marine Museum – Searsport (35-minute drive)
  • Boothbay Railway Village – Boothbay (52-minute drive)
  • The Abbe Museum – Bar Harbor (1 hour 47-minute drive)

Festivals/Special Events

  • Camden Windjammer Festival – Camden Harbor (Short walk downtown)
  • Christmas by the Sea – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • U.S. National Toboggan Championships – Camden (7-minute drive)
  • North Atlantic Blues Fest – Rockland (17-minute drive)
  • Maine Lobster Festival – Rockland (18-minute drive)
  • Common Ground Country Fair – Unity (52-minute drive)
  • American Folk Festival – Bangor (1 hour 16-minute drive)
  • Great Falls Brewfest – Lewiston (1 hour 27-minute drive)

Guided Tours

  • Red Cloak Haunted History Tours – Various locations in Maine
  • Camden Walking Tours – Camden (Short walk downtown)
  • Camden Garden Club’s Historic House and Garden Tour – Various locations in Camden
  • Wicked Walking Tours – Portland (1 hour 37-minute drive)
  • Portland Discovery – Portland (1 hour 38-minute drive)
  • Down East Scenic Railroad – Ellsworth (1 hour 47-minute drive)

 

Shopping Around Camden, Maine

Antiques

Outlet Shopping

  • Freeport Village Station – Freeport (1 hour 21-minute drive)
  • Kittery Premium Outlets – Kittery (2 hour 18-minute drive)
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