If you really want to get to know a destination, often getting out of the car and simply exploring on foot is the best way to discover the heart and soul of it. And, so it is with the mid-coast region of Maine. Here are 6 walking tours in Rockland and Camden Maine. Rich in history, art, culture, and natural wonders, the coast of Maine speaks loudly to those who stop to listen.
Walking tours are the best way to engage with a destination, whether you are new to the area or a frequent guest. Culinary tours, photo tours, history tours, and discovery tours aim to introduce visitors to areas or interests that might be overlooked on a casual stay. Bent on providing entertainment, excitement, and/or education, a walking tour offers a new way of looking at things and can ignite a new appreciation for the destination you are visiting.
“Now shall I walk or shall I ride? ‘Ride,’ Pleasure said; ‘Walk,’ Joy replied.” – W.H. Davies
1. Main Foodie Tours
Rockland and Camden both have a reputation for farm-to-table freshness on the culinary scene. Restaurants, cafes, bistros, and craft breweries dot the landscape offering everything from fresh Maine seafood to pub grub and more. Maine Foodie Tours, the beacon of gastronomic adventures in the area, offer a 3-hour tour of specially curated locations highlighting the homegrown talent of award-winning chefs, creative brewers, and dedicated chocolatiers. In addition to tasty treats, your guide will share a bit of hometown folklore surrounding the culinary scene in the area.
2. Red Cloak Tours
If history is your passion, Red Cloak Tours offers a variety of options, all guided by native storytellers with inside knowledge of the quirks and idiosyncrasies that define the true nature of the region. Mystery, history, legends, and folklore outings are all intertwined with sightseeing and perhaps a little food tasting.
- The Rockland Seafood Discovery Tour takes tourists on a seafaring journey through the lobster capital of the world where you’ll learn a bit about seafood harvesting. Then, top off your tour with a tasting of local seafood delicacies.
- On the Camden Seafood Discovery Tour, you’ll have a choice of tasting or an interactive lobster boat tour.
3. Coastal Maine Photo Tours
Come armed with your camera for an Instagram-worthy photo tour of the coast of Maine. Coastal Maine Photo Tours offers 1-day in-depth travel experience you won’t soon forget. Improve your photography skills while learning a bit about the history, culture, and landscape of Maine. Options include lobster and lighthouse journeys, sunset trips to Pemaquid Point, and day trips to Monhegan or Vinalhaven Islands. On any trip, a professional photographer will guide you. You will gain a better understanding of your camera’s abilities as well as photo composition.
4. Maine Sport Outfitters
Lace up your hiking boots and sign up for a guided hiking adventure with Maine Sports Outfitters. They offer both 4- and 6-hour explorations of Camden Hills State Park. Your guide will lead you to breathtaking views found within the only oceanfront mountain range on the eastern seaboard.
5. Camden Mill Walk
If you prefer the pace of a self-guided walk, then stop at the Camden Public Library and pick up a brochure on the self-guided tour of Camden’s historic mills. Following an easy-to-read map, you’ll see 6 historic mill sites and 3 dams, all instrumental in the city’s early years. Your stroll will also take you through downtown Camden and along the Megunticook River. You’ll be able to imagine the life of a mill worker and the goods they created.
6. Rockland Harbor Trail
Following a 5-mile route along Rockland’s scenic harbor, the Rockland Harbor Trail links the commercial downtown district with the working harbourfront. It’s an easy walk traversing city parks and wooden boardwalks where you can get to know a little of Rockland’s history. Delve into its arts and cultural persona, and leisurely get to know the waterfront of this picturesque town along the midcoast of Maine.
Lodging in Rockland, ME
From our location in the heart of Rockland, you are well-placed to experience all that Rockland and Camden offer. Gorgeous vistas, spectacular food scene, and ample opportunities for outdoor fun on foot await you. Book your favorite room at Berry Manor Inn and enjoy one of these 6 walking tours in Rockland and Camden Maine.