5 Things To Do Around Camden Maine

Welcome to Camden, Maine - where the mountains meet the sea! As the "jewel of the Maine coast", the Camden area has plenty to do and see. Whether you're looking for something to do outdoors or indoors, there is something for everyone.

Glenmoor by the Sea came up with a few suggestions of things to do in Camden during your Maine vacation.
Camden Harbor

1. Get on the Water

Looking for a water adventure or relaxing boat ride? Camden Harbor Cruises offers different cruise options where you'll have the chance to see a lobster haul, see the lighthouse, or both! They also offer private charter boats for larger groups and create a more intimate experience. Camden Harbor Cruises has rides going out all day and the best part about it is, they're open all year round!

2. Experience Mountain Top Views

While in Camden, it's important to take advantage of all of the beautiful scenery. One way you can do this is by going on a hike. Camden, Maine has a multitude of hiking trails - almost too many to count.

Some of our favorite Camden hiking trails:

Mount Battie - view of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay
Bald Rock - spectacular views of Penobscot Bay
Maiden Cliff - views of surrounding mountains and Lake Megunticook
Beech Hill Preserve - view of Penobscot Bay and the coast
Mount Megunticook Trail - views of Mount Battie, the town, and Penobscot Bay

3. Go Shopping

One way to explore downtown Camden is by visiting the many unique shops that are known for specialty gifts and antiques. Camden and the surrounding area are known for their antique shops because of the plethora of old items in Maine. Glenmoor by the Sea recommends you visit one, if not all, of these antique stores:

Some of our Favorite Camden Antique Stores:

Antiques at 10 Mechanic - gathers 20 local vendors ranging from dealers of traditional antiques and collectibles to mid-century modern and cottage furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, home decor, and even a collection of vinyl records.

The Shop Nextdoor - has a great selection of antique and vintage items: garden and home decor, glassware, artwork, lighting, jewelry, and French linens.

The Red Barn Marketplace - houses 30 vendors of antiques, furniture, collectibles and gifts, jewelry, vintage, local Maine artisans, and even has a gourmet bakery.

After antiquing, be sure to stop by one of our favorite Souvenir Shops: The Smiling Cow & The Village Shop to bring home your favorite gifts and "Maine" wear.

More Camden Shopping

Forgot your hiking gear? Maine Sport Outfitters has you covered for everything you may need for our outdoor adventures.

4. Visit the Library

The Camden Public Library is known to be an anchor for the community and brings people together to learn and discover. Not only are there plenty of awesome books available, but you also have access to a breathtaking view of Camden Harbor, as the library sits on a hill at the head of it. Head to one of two gardens on the Camden Public Library grounds to relax and read a book!

The library is also the home to the Peyton Place (TV Series) original signed script, scrapbooks of news clippings, and original photos from the show. The Peyton Place Collection is a must-see in Camden!

5. Visit an Art Gallery

Dive into the local lifestyle by visiting Camden art galleries and becoming acquainted with Camden's favorite artists.

Some of our Favorite Camden Art Galleries:

Page Gallery - owned by artist Colin Page. The gallery exhibits a wide variety of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by leading contemporary artists and always has a unique exhibit happening.

Carver Hill Gallery - inspires art enthusiasts with an atypical collection of contemporary fine art from its home state of Maine, spanning the country to Los Angeles, and including work from Spain, Italy, Argentina, Canada and beyond.

Small Wonder Gallery - family-run, overlooking Camden's gorgeous inner harbor, specializes in showcasing the work of Maine and New England artists and depictions of the local scenery. They've also been selling fine and decorative art on the Public Landing in Camden, Maine and offer custom framing year-round.

Farnsworth Art Museum - open year-round as the only center dedicated solely to American and Maine-inspired art. Through a remarkable collection, exhibitions, intellectual resources, and educational programming, visitors from around the world gain an appreciation of the ongoing story of Maine's role in American art.

Camden Falls Gallery - has been showcasing original fine art from both emerging and established Maine and New England artists for over 20 years. They offer a diversity of original works in contemporary styles, focusing on the beauty of midcoast Maine.

Many of our local restaurants, like Boynton McKay and Zoot Coffee shop, also feature local artists' work. Dine and enjoy their work or buy some to take home!

Things To Do in Camden Packages

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Looking for a place to stay in the area?

Glenmoor by the Sea is located just minutes from each and every one of these attractions and provides a central place to stay in Camden, Maine for your vacation. Check out our oceanfront cottages and browse through our reviews if you still need some convincing.