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During our Camden hotel's 6-month season, the Maine midcoast pulses with activity, festivals and events. Here are our recommendations on some of the top things to do, see and experience in Camden, Maine and the surrounding midcoast.
Things to do in Camden Maine
- Stroll around Merryspring: a 66-acre park and nature center in Camden/Rockport. For four decades, Merryspring has been an outdoor sanctuary where horticulture and nature can be cultivated, studied and enjoyed firsthand. Lose yourself among the delicately scented gardens, stately birch groves, and rustic greenhouse.
- Drive 20 minutes north to adorable Belfast. Go antiquing along Route 1 on the way. Stop at the Searsport Antique Mall, and, whatever you do, don't miss the Treasures & Trash Barn across the street. When you get to Belfast, shop along the main drag and end your afternoon beer tasting at Marshall Wharf Brewing Company.
- Hike (or drive) up Mount Battie. The view from the top is worth the two hour trek. At the summit, you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of surrounding lakes, wooded hillsides, Camden's picturesque working harbor, and Penobscot Bay.
- Visit the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland (a 20 minute drive south). Featuring a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, the Farnsworth has one of the nation's largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson and many pieces by John Bisbee, Richard Estes, Yvonne Jacquette, and Alex Katz. Its acclaimed Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth.
- Try saltwater pier fishing from the nearly mile-long Rockland Breakwater. Or, simply take a stroll out this rocky ledge to experience one of the best views on the Maine midcoast.
- Visit Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville. This 68-acre, 200-year-old farm is home to a state-of-the-art winery. Cellardoor trucks in grapes from various regions to produce truly exceptional wine. Throughout the year, Cellardoor offers intimate tastings and cooking classes, dinners amongst the vines, and larger themed events with entertainment.
- Sail on a schooner. From day sails to sunset and full moon sails, the Schooner Surprise makes for the perfect midcoast Maine excursion. Explore the magnificent Penobscot Bay the way it was meant to be explored -- on sea legs. See lighthouses, wildlife, private yachts and summer estates from this historic schooner's deck.
- Go on a lighthouse tour. With its rugged coastline and craggy shores, it’s not surprising that Maine has more lighthouses than any other state its size. In fact, in just the 45 minute drive from Whitehall down the coast to Damariscotta, you can visit six lighthouses. -- all with unique settings and stunning views.
- Shop around town! Downtown Camden features boutiques and bookstores, handmade housewares and artisan galleries.
- Kayak the harbor (or Lake Megunticook). Both options -- fresh water or salt -- offer magical moments on the water. In the bay, an early morning paddle dodging the moored sailboats and windjammers will get your blood pumping! For a more serene paddle with the loons, Lake Megunticook offers the perfect way to take in the majestic view of the Camden Hills.
Photo by Benjamin Williamson Photography