Camden, Maine is framed by the magnificent Camden Hills, a perennial tourist destination. Visitors are charmed by the rock-bound Coast of Maine, hundreds of nearby unspoiled islands in spectacular Penobscot Bay, the serenity and wonder of historical Mt. Battie, local artist studios and a myriad of antique treasures. Cultural museums, theaters and the Camden Opera House flourish in the midst of our scenic coastal town.
Recreational activities include hiking MidCoast Maine, rock climbing and biking. Enjoy nature at the Merryspring Horticultural Nature Center and wine tasting at the Cellardoor, a local vineyard on the Maine Wine Trail. All manner of water sports are also available in Camden: fishing, kayaking, windjammer schooner excursions, lobster cruises and puffin and whale watching trips head out to the open waters on a regular schedule. Within a short radius, the area is home to more than a dozen lighthouses that may be viewed from either land or water.
Our picturesque town is also recognized for annual autumn pilgrimages to view the brilliant fall foliage. More and more people are coming to experience Camden affectionately known as the Jewel of the Maine Coast, where the mountains meet the sea.
Camden Events and Festivals
- Throughout the year, there are numerous special events: arts and craft fairs, apple and blueberry festivals, thought-provoking conferences and Camden’s annual Christmas by the Sea.
- The Camden Windjammer Festival is held every Labor Day Weekend. Don’t miss the spectacular arrival of the windjammer fleet sailing into the harbor on Friday afternoon. Be a part of the fanfare, have fun with the crews and see all their talents displayed.
- The Maine Lobster Festival is a five day celebration of the reason so many people come to Maine: Maine Lobster! the beginning of August highlighting the Maine Lobster. In addition to parades and top-notch entertainment, this total community gala serves up more than 20,000 pounds of the seafood delicacy.
- The North Atlantic Blues Festival is a full weekend event featuring prestigious names in blues music. Top rated national blues performers entertain live at the Public Landing in Rockland Harbor all day. Vendors, crafts and street bands round out this very popular mid-July event.
- The National Toboggan Championships have been held every year since 1991 in the Camden Snow Bowl. This three-day event on the first weekend of February features various wild and wonderful family entertainment activities. It is the only wooden toboggan race in the U.S.
- Schooner Lazy Jack is a 58 foot gaff rigged schooner built in Hope, Maine. You will enjoy a 2 hour adventure or private charter and sail past lighthouses, scenic islands and native wildlife. Take a turn at the helm on Penobscot Bay.
- Experience Olad’s two-masted schooner day sails and charters. You will relax on a restored 1927 yacht that makes the best use of the wind sailing the historic waters of Penobscot Bay.
- The schooner Surprise is a 95 year old yacht listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our 2 hour daysailing adventures on Penobscot Bay highlight local wildlife and the meaning of our lobster fishing industry so important to Maine’s economy.
- Leave all your cares ashore and board the Schooner Mary Day, a legendary Maine tall ship. With over 50 years experience in Maine windjammer sailing vacations, you will join the crew and the fresh salt air sailing along Maine’s still pristine and rugged coast.
- A Windjammer Cruise is a seafaring vacation on an authentic, tall-masted working schooner. This unique Maine experience will allow you to both relax and participate in an exhilarating adventure as well. Camden is home port to these 3 to 6 day island cruises in and around Penobscot Bay.
The Great Outdoors
- Aldermere Farm is a 136 acre working farm and educational center. This traditional New England saltwater farm encourages the public to visit and deepen their appreciation of sustainable agriculture and ecological diversity. It is also recognized as a world premier breeder of Belted Galloway cattle.
- Camden Hills State Park is just a five minute drive away. Enjoy hiking, biking or winter sports.
- Mt. Battie is rich in military history and widely known for its composition of quartzite in the geological bedrock. It is the signature location of Camden Hills State Park. You can hike or drive to the top for breathtaking views of the Maine coast and fall foliage.
- Camden Snow Bowl is a four season destination. You can hike, bike, ski, tube or toboggan.
- Mt. Megunticook & Maiden Cliff Trails are excellent hiking expeditions in the Camden area. The second highest coastal mountain on the Atlantic, this spot is known for spectacular views of Penobscot Bay, Mt. Battie and Cadillac Mountain.
- Ragged Mountain is an easy hike for the entire family. Near Bald Mountain, you can access from the Camden Bowl and have impressive views across Penobscot Bay.
- Camden International Film Festival is a world renowned annual event since 2005. Key industry decision makers and enthusiasts come to screen independent documentary films. Best known for artistic films that tell a story and unforgettable nautical theme parties, you may also hear divergent strains of impromptu music.
- The splendid Camden Opera House is a renovated Victorian opera house. Inside, you will find yourself transported from downtown Camden to an elegant opera house from a previous era with detailed restoration and beautiful chandeliers. This venue also is a host to the Camden International Film Festival.
- Merryspring Horticultural Gardens will allow you to work the gardens, collect seeds or just sit in the shade and enjoy their themed gardens.
- Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, Rockland, highlights unparalleled art exhibits depicting Maine in America. The Olsen house was the subject of numerous art pieces by Andrew Wyeth.
- Maine Lighthouse Museum features the culture of keeping the lights in Maine.
- The Cellardoor Winery, a member of the Maine Wine Trail, is located in a 1790’s farmhouse. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings daily, food and wine pairing events or attend a cooking class.
- The Owls Head Transportation Museum permanently displays museum collection pieces of pioneer-era aircraft, automobiles and motorcycles. Annual shows and events attract collectors from around the country.
Water, Water Everywhere
- Nearby Megunticook Lake is a perfect spot to picnic or swim in crystal clear waters – without the usual summer crowds.
- Lincolnville Beach is a popular place to swim or launch a sea kayak. The half mile section of beach descends gradually to the bay. There is an adjacent parking area, but no facilities. Across the road you will find Lincolnville’s charming restaurants, shops and galleries.
- Camden Maine Kayak trips will provide a scenic way to view Penobscot Bay, Maine’s aquatic environment and wildlife.
- Lobster Cruises will take you on a traditional working lobster boat to see not only lobsters, but a myriad of sea creatures in their natural setting. Learn about lobster harvesting, a tradition of Maine life.
- Puffin & Whale Watching Excursions leave daily for the open water. You will get unique views of marine wildlife, the rocky coast of Maine and our lighthouses.
- Tour Penobscot Bay on the Betselma, a Scallop Dragger. One and two hour excursions highlight various islands, lighthouses and turn-of-the-century summer cottages.