Traveling with your best friend, lover, or life partner happens to be one of life’s great pleasures. That’s why, as innkeepers, we’re always searching for fun things for couples to do in Camden, Maine — our sister urban oasis on the coast. This lovely coastal village, with its picture-postcard harbor enveloped by the rocky outcrops of the Camden Hills, offers so much to see and do in any season.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or more of a mellow meditative type, Camden appeals for so many reasons. Windjammers and lobster boats bob in the harbor. Freshwater lakes and ponds offer a quiet respite for a lazy afternoon on the water. And farm-to-table dining takes on a whole new meaning at local restaurants.
While the Berry Manor Inn is located in Rockland, home to its own array of attractions and fine dining, Camden is just minutes away. Come explore what many call the “jewel of the Maine coast.”
1. Climb Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park
Hike to the top of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park for a breathtaking view of Camden’s picturesque harbor, Penobscot Bay, and nearby islands. With 30 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails, you can spend as long or as little as you like admiring the diverse terrain and spectacular views. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.
2. Rest and Relax in Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheater
Located in the heart of Camden on land adjacent to the library, Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheater is the site of concerts and craft fairs throughout the season. However, when events are not scheduled the park provides a serene spot to sit and admire the boats in the harbor. Another great spot for a picnic, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with an ice cream cone from a nearby shop.
3. Beach Picnic at Barrett’s Cove on Megunticook Lake
A hidden gem often missed by visitors, Barrett’s Cove on Megunticook Lake makes an ideal spot for a relaxing picnic. It’s located just 3 miles outside of town. A swim in the clean fresh water of the lake refreshes when the heat of summer overwhelms. With a sandy beach, grassy picnic area, public restrooms, and a floating dive platform, you could easily while away a pleasant summer afternoon far from the madding crowds of downtown.
4. Explore the Merryspring Nature Center
Another great spot for an outing, the gardens, and grounds of the Merrysping Nature Center provide a peaceful and serene setting in which to stroll and observe the local birdlife. Offering garden talks and woodland trails, Merryspring is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
5. Enjoy a Night at the Opera
Built in 1894, the Camden Opera House claims to be “midcoast Maine’s premier event spot.” Hosting concerts, theater, conferences, and more, it has become the cultural center of the region. Tom Rush, Taj Mahal, and The Second City comedy troupe have graced the stage over the years.
6. Sail on the Schooner Surprise
Sail around magnificent Penobscot Bay on an authentic schooner. The Schooner Surprise offers 2-hour tours of the harbor aboard this elegant sailing vessel in spring, summer, and fall. Sail past lighthouses and private estates. Witness marine and wildlife in their natural habitat. Or sign on for a summer sunset cruise for a spectacular show put on by Mother Nature.
7. Lobster and Eco-Tour Aboard the Lively Lady
If sailing is not in your wheelhouse, take a lobster and eco-tour with Camden Harbor Cruises. Motor out to a secluded seal habitat where you may spot grey seals, porpoise, eagles, osprey, and more. Witness a lobstering demonstration and learn how lobstermen (and women) haul, bait and reset their traps.
8. Farm Tour of Aldermere Farm
Aldermere Farm, a working cattle farm located in mid-coast Maine, raises Belted Galloway cattle, often referred to as “Oreo Cows” for their distinctive black and white coloring. Join a farm tour to learn more about this historic 200+-year-old farm and get up close and personal with their iconic herd.
9. Mountain Biking at the Camden Snow Bowl
Grab your mountain bike and head to the Camden Snow Bowl to ride the rugged trails of Ragged Mountain. These challenging trails, maintained by volunteers, lead to incredible views of Penobscot Bay and the surrounding mountains and valleys of the midcoast.
10. Romantic Dinner at Natalie’s
A Relais and Chateaux property, Natalie’s overlooks Camden’s beautiful harbor. Dine in style in an atmosphere of lighthearted sophistication. Their menu features only the freshest ingredients available from local farms and fishing fleets. Offering a “world-class culinary experience” dining at Natalie’s is an absolute must-do for couples seeking a truly unique dining adventure.
Our list of fun things for couples to do in Camden, Maine would not be complete without combining your adventure with a stay at our romantic bed and breakfast in Rockland. Offering luxurious accommodations and a deluxe multi-course morning repast, our Berry Manor Inn is undoubtedly one of midcoast Maine’s premier inns.
Published: July 2022