Tour Camden & Areas Nearby

Sample Itinerary for Camden, Maine and beyond

First Day

Getting a sense of the place

  • Vacation Maine by taking a drive, bike, or walk Yankee Magazine’s “most beautiful walk in the world” from Rockport to Camden along the shore on Mechanic, Calderwood, Chestnut & Bayview Streets.
  • See the famous belted Galloway cattle on saltwater Aldemere Farm
  • Visit the Childrens’ Chapel and garden at Vesper Hill, overlooking the Bay.
  • See the Camden coast from the top of Mt. Battie
  • Buy a picnic lunch in town and choose a picnic table along the rocky coast on the water side of Camden Hills State Park (alternatives: Laite Beach along Chestnut, or the Camden Harbor Park.
  • Drive out Mountain Street (Rt 52) to Lake Megunticook (where the cliffs rise above the lake):
  • Climb Maiden Cliff for incredible views
  • Walk the paths through Fernald’s Point
  • Rent a kayak and explore long stretches of serene water.
  • Have dinner in Camden at one of our many excellent restaurants.
  • Catch a show: Live comedy, music, and lectures at the Camden Opera House
  • A Bay Chamber concert at the Rockport Opera House

Day Two

Vacation Maine by exploring the shops (Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville) and the harbor

  • Start your Christmas shopping early at beautiful specialty shops along Main, Bayview, and Mechanic Streets.
  • Visit the shops and galleries at Lincolnville Beach (6 miles north of Camden)
  • Just north of the beach, visit Windsor Chair, the showroom and workshop where beautiful furniture is made.
  • Have a personal wine tasting at the vineyards and barn shop at Cellar Door Winery just inland from Lincolnville Beach.
  • See the coast from the Bay.
  • Take a 2 hour schooner ride on Surprise, Olad, Lazy Jack, or Appledore out of Camden.
  • Take a 2 or 3 hour cruise (including a lobster roll lunch) on Heron, out of Rockport Harbor, just a mile south.
  • Watch lobstering and learn about coastal wildlife aboard Lively Lady, a lobster boat out of Camden.
  • Take a book and an ice cream cone to Harbor Park and watch the harbor. Listen to crying gulls and the Megunticook River as it falls into Camden Harbor.

Day Three

A day for the arts and lighthouses
Tour area artists’ and craftsmen’s studios, following the map your innkeeper will supply.

Have lunch:
- at Prism Glass workshop and gallery cafe
- at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the harbor in Camden or Rockland
- with a picnic packed by any of the several places in Camden and unpack it at one of many parks with harbor or bay view

Visit the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, a world-class museum with a sizable Wyeth collection. Drive afterwards to Cushing to see the Olsen House (free with your Farnsworth admission), where Andrew Wyeth painted “Christina’s World” and many other works.

Along the way you can visit some scenic lighthouses:
- Rockland Breakwater Light
- Owl’s Head Light
- Marshall Point Light (of Forest Gump fame)
- Pemaquid Point Light (featured on the Maine Quarter)

Day Four

Island hopping. Choices!

  • Take a car-ferry to Islesboro (leaving from Lincolnville Beach every half hour).
  • Take a bicycle (rental places in Camden) or drive the coastal road looping the island: beautiful views, lovely homes.
  • Take a picnic lunch or buy sandwiches at the small general stores on the island.
  • Take the ferry to Monhegan Island (no cars on the island) out of Port Clyde, leaving at 10, returning by 5. Ten miles at sea, stunning cliffs, great hiking trails, dolphin sightings, lovely summer homes, a fishing village, many artist studios, lighthouse.
  • Pack a picnic or buy a simple lunch at two or three small stores.
  • Take a car ferry to Northhaven or Vinalhaven, both year round communities with villages to explore and lovely drives for sightseeing. Leaving from Rockland.
  • Rent a kayak, with or without a guide. Skim along the coast and Curtis and Indian Island lights.

Vacation Maine with so much to do! When will you ever find time for hiking the miles of marked trails, playing golf & tennis, reading a book on a rock, watching the tides…?

...and still more!

Camden is mid-way on the Mid-coast
Day trips from Camden to wonderful villages and harbors are easy:
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park 1.5 hours north
Castine, Blue Hill 1 hour north
Damariscotta-Newcastle half hour south
Pemaquid Peninsula and New Harbor 1 hour south
Boothbay Harbor 1 hour south
Freeport (LL Bean and outlets galore) 1.5 hours south