Things to Do
Things To Do In Midcoast Maine
There is so much to see and do in the mid-coast region of Maine, we wouldn’t be surprised if you come back for more, again and again.
In addition to picturesque scenery, our lush green coastline is home to nationally recognized arts museums, historic opera houses, charming antique malls and local lobster shacks. One thing is for sure, in Maine there is a seaside treasure to be discovered around every corner.
If you need recommendations on where to go and what to do, let us know. We would be happy to help you plan your perfect day in Maine with a little advanced notice. Take a look at some of the ways you can pass your time during your stay with us here. Here are a few websites that you can browse to help you plan your vacation:
Visit one of our many museums:
Rain or shine, it’s easy to while away a few hours focused on fine art, area and maritime history, lighthouse artifacts, vintage transportation, or antique toys. See a list of area museums and galleries here.
Take In A Show
Maine is definitely a place for the culturally inclined. Take in a play or production at The Strand Theatre’s which features live concerts and high-definition opera and theater broadcasts. Some of the former are produced by Bay Chamber Concerts, which also performs at the Rockport Opera House. At the Camden Opera House, Sunday matinees by The Everyman Repertory Theatre occur periodically throughout the year.
Embrace The Great Outdoors
Camden Hills State Park has 5,700 acres of wooded hills with an 800-foot summit that treats visitors to sweeping vistas of Penobscot Bay. As one of the most popular parks in the nation, Camden Hills State Park is known by avid outdoor enthusiasts for its breathtaking panoramic views of Penobscot Bay, Camden Harbor and water, and stunning fall foliage. Bar Harbor is only an hour and a half away, with it’s renowned Acadia National Park.
The North Atlantic Blues Festival
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor.
The Maine Lobster Festival
Our annual Lobster celebration is not to be missed. Featuring 20,000 pounds of lobster, a sea goddess coronation, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, cooking contests, marine tent and so much more. Learn about this year’s event here.
The Maine Antiques Festival
Literally thousands and thousands of antiques enthusiasts have been attending this festival annually for the past 35 years. Shop booths from over 100 antique dealers from across the US and Canada, each with a wide variety of vintage collectible and antiques spanning eras from the 18th century through the 1960’s. Up to date festival info is available here.
Take a Lighthouse Tour
With 65 historical lighthouses still standing and spread out along 5,000 miles of coastline, inlets and islands, Maine is commonly referred to as The Lighthouse State. Although many Maine lighthouses are not accessible on land, lighthouse boat tours are an ideal way to see these attractions and get the best photographs.
Spend A Day On Lincolnville Beach
Lincolnville’s natural beauty offers something for everyone in every season. Explore our charming beach with sprawling sections of sand and pebbles, the shallow waters are perfect for wading on a warm day. Watch the ferry make its way to the island of Islesboro, or hop on it yourself to see more of what the area has to offer. This area is also packed with quaint arts and crafts shopping experiences.
Shop on Rockland’s Main Street
Just a block away from the rustic waterfront, Rockland Main Street is THE trendy downtown shopping & dining destination for locals and visitors alike. Packed with stylish boutiques, artisan craft stores and award winning restaurants, you’ll fall in love with the approachable and artistic nature of this thriving district.
Ride a Windjammer
In the summer, Windjammer cruises are one of the most popular ways to experience the beauty of Maine’s Midcoast. Enjoy the serenity and camaraderie of a simpler time aboard one of many century-old sailing schooners.
Become a Toboggan Champion
Every February, the Camden Snow Bowl hosts the US National Toboggan Championships. Amateurs and pro teams compete on Camden’s classic toboggan run for the fastest time. Sledders don crazy costumes for the wild ride on traditional toboggans down the icy track for the title of Champion.
Recently rated by esteemed travel magazine, Conde Nast, as one of the most beautiful towns in America – Camden Maine is a picture-perfect seaside town that’s packed with excellent shopping, dining and cultural experiences.
My husband and I visited Pine Grove during Lobster Fest weekend, the festival took place just minutes away. We had a wonderful time. The owners are friendly and extremely accommodating and the cottages were clean and spacious. Just minutes away from the beach, hiking trails, the town of Camden (For shopping and boat rides) and wonderful restaurants. We could not have asked for a better weekend getaway.
I would highly recommend that everyone stay at Pine Grove Cottages on their next visit to Maine.
Perfectly nestled cottages in Maine brings a sense of comfort, security, and ease when staying. Everything was more than perfect: from when arriving we were greeted with kindness, helpfulness, and genuine smiles, to when we were staying in the homely, yet spacious cabin. COULD NOT be more IMPRESSED with the entire experience. Definitely a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, just a bit away from the hustle of the busy town (but close enough to enjoy it during the day). Also, the ocean is a tiny ways up the road (the perfect distance), and we were generously provided with resources and booklets so that we may fully enjoy the area and all its beauty! So many spectacular things to say about this place. Will be recommending, and coming back!!!
Best stay I’ve had anywhere!!
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Such a great location these cottages. They are perfect. Very quaint and charming. My family and I have stayed here about 4 times since ’07. Sadly, us kids are all grown up and we can’t get away as much as a family, but I’ll always cherish the times we spent in the cottages 8 and 9. I hope to come back here in the future for myself. Camden and Rockland are two gems in Maine that I’ve visited throughout my whole life