Downtown Camden

Camden Public Library

The Camden Public Library features Colonial Revival architecture, and the long rectangular building runs parallel to Main Street. In 2013, the library and amphitheatre were designated National Historic Landmarks.

The design blends traditional Neoclassical elements with fresh Art Deco style and the rich native landscape of Maine with the idea behind Renaissance Italian garden theatres.

Camden Amphitheater

The grounds of the Camden Public Library create a distinct, highly articulated series of landscape experiences, the centerpiece of which is a public outdoor garden amphitheatre. Designed by the renowned landscape architect Fletcher Steele, this landscape is one of his best works of art.

Steele’s landscape design is an important transitional composition that blends elements of the traditional Neoclassical with the ‘new’ ideas of the French Moderne (Art Deco) and successfully marries the ideals of the Renaissance Italian garden theater with the richness of Maine’s native landscape.

Harbor Park

Designed by the Olmstead Brothers, the 2-acre Harbor Park is across Atlantic Ave, extending the views from the amphitheatre to Camden Harbor’s working waterfront. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Camden Harbor Cruises

There are several tour companies that operate schooner and other boat cruises out of the Camden Harbor. They give you the chance to learn about local maritime culture and history, as well as see a variety of wildlife.


If you're like Lindsey, you need a good brew to start your day! Zoot Coffee is the downtown staple or take a short walk over to the Lyman Morse Marina to visit Whistling Whale Coffee Bar, a specialty coffee brewer offering cold brewed "on tap" and nitro coffee.

Sea Dog Brewing Co.

Stop in at Sea Dog Brewing Co., a Main Street staple, for a craft beer or a sample flight to pair with classic American pub fare.


General stores, antique shops, upscale boutiques — it’s heaven to shop in downtown Camden! Unique shopping spots are within walking distance of each other and are full of handcrafted items inspired by Camden and Mid-Coast Maine. A few favorites are The Smiling Cow for Camden-branded apparel and Once a Tree for fabulous woodworked home goods. 


Artists from across the United States visit the town for the panoramic view of Penobscot Bay from Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park. Because of that, you can find an assortment of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more in the downtown Camden galleries.

Boutiques & Antiques

You can find a lot of specialty items and one-of-a-kind gifts in the boutiques. The antique stores are sure to please as well. Whether you want an extraordinary souvenir to remember your visit or a special gift, you can find something downtown.

Camden Area

Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park has hiking and biking trails and is home to Mount Battie, one of the best views in the area. You can hike up the mountain or drive up the auto road for a small fee.

Maine Sport Outfitters Kayaking, Biking & Fishing Tours

Maine Sport Outfitters coordinates outdoor experiences including dynamic paddling, fishing, hiking, and biking trips. Trips and courses take place on the breathtaking coast of Maine and include wilderness medicine courses, sea kayaking experiences, saltwater fishing, and much more!


Just down the road from Camden, Rockport is an enchanting coastal village renowned for its natural beauty, from the serene waters of Rockport Harbor to the captivating views at Beech Hill Preserve. Its charming downtown is home to the world-class Bay Chamber Concerts, the acclaimed Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and the historic Rockport Opera House, making it a delightful blend of cultural richness and scenic tranquility. Make sure to visit the André the Seal Statue (one of Remy's favorites) and play a game of giant chess at Rockport Marine Park.

Samoset Resort Golf Course

18-hole championship Samoset Golf Course boasts seven oceanside holes, 14 holes with spectacular views of the Atlantic, and one of the most challenging finishing holes in New England.

Mid-Coast Maine

Mid-Coast Maine is known for its historic harbor villages, rocky coastline views, blueberries, lighthouses and lobsters. If you're up for exploring the greater area, these are some of our favorite towns and attractions.


Damariscotta and Newcastle, twin towns on the serene Damariscotta River in Maine, offer a charming blend of picturesque waterfront views, historic architecture, and community charm. James's family cabin is located on Damariscotta Lake and we have spent many happy days downtown here. For book and coffee lovers, Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shop is a must-visit. For a step back in time, stop by Fernald's Country Store and browse the retro toys and nostalgic candy while you wait for one of their creative sandwiches. Don't forget to try Moxie – a unique gentian root extract soda originating in 1876 and the official drink of Maine. 

Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor is a picturesque seaside town brimming with New England charm, famed for its vibrant boating culture, breathtaking oceanic views, and historic lighthouses. Unwind at the rustic harborside eateries or explore the charming islands scattered across azure waters. Be sure to check out the Enchantment Shop and Coastal Maine Popcorn Co.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay is an enchanting horticultural wonderland, spanning 295 acres of diverse plant life, stunning water features, and whimsical art installations, including the captivating giant troll sculptures that bring a sense of myth and magic to this lush Maine sanctuary.

Pemaquid Lighthouse

Pemaquid Point is one of the best-known lighthouses in Maine. It is about an hour south of Camden, in Bristol. We've spent many beautiful summer days exploring the rocky cliffs that lead down to the ocean here. Nearby Shaw's Fish & Lobster Wharf is one of our favorites for a casual coastal lobster roll. 

Acadia National Park

Located a 1.5-hour drive north of Camden, Acadia National Park is a stunning national treasure on the coast of Maine. The views are spectacular and nature abounds. Enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor, a small seaside resort on the northeastern side of Mount Desert Island, has a unique symbiotic relationship with Acadia National Park. Historical roots are at play here, a special blend of salty air and the classic Down East character that is recognized and loved by millions.