All of the Best Things to Do in Downtown Camden, Maine

Historic downtown Camden, Maine, is the cultural epicenter of our town on the Penobscot Bay. Our downtown area rests along the bayside and boasts a variety of diverse things to do. Catch a show at the Camden Opera House, set out on Camden Hills State Park’s hiking trails in the summer months, or dine in fresh-catch cuisine like lobster rolls at the finest waterfront restaurants in Camden! Whether you want to garner a deeper appreciation for the arts or hike to a summit for exceptional views, there’s something for everyone in downtown Camden! 

Discover more of what our area has to offer with the help of our complimentary Travel Guide! This guide is filled with innkeeper-selected recommendations on how you can experience Camden, Maine, as the locals do. 

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Your Guide to Visiting Downtown Camden, Maine

Catch a Show at the Camden Opera House

The Camden Opera House is located in the beating heart of downtown Camden, Maine. Appropriately so, as this venue is one of our area’s most trafficked spots. The Camden Opera House building was constructed in the late 1800s and has since served a variety of purposes in the community. Now, this venue is most well-known as a concert venue, however, it also houses municipal offices and hosts community festivals and events. 

The Camden Opera House hosts rotating shows every month, and more frequently during the summer and high-traffic tourist seasons. Check out the schedule of shows to see what’s playing for the next few months! What’s better? Tickets are free of charge! Simply arrive at the box office an hour before the show is set to begin. 

Explore the Outdoors at Camden Hills State Park 

The summers are mild in Midcoast Maine. From June to August, high temperatures rarely ever break 80 degrees with lots of clear skies and sunshine! The weather during the summer months here is perfect for taking on Camden Hills State Park hiking trails! However, the trails are open year-round unless otherwise indicated on-site. Camden Hills State Park features a variety of trails for all skill levels. However, we suggest everyone interested in hiking to embark on the Mount Battie Trail! This moderate, half-mile trail ascends more than 750 feet to the summit. Once at the peak, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of downtown Camden, Maine, and the neighboring Penobscot Bay. 

Dine at Waterfront Restaurants

A delicious meal at these waterfront restaurants in Camden, Maine, is the perfect way to wind down from an exciting day of exploration! Enjoy Midcoast signature dishes at Waterfront as you discuss the intricacies of the show you saw at the Camden Opera House. Or, reward yourself after a rewarding hike at Camden Hills State Park with lunch at Hoxbill. This waterfront restaurant features menu offerings like fresh-catch seafood, prime burgers, pizza, sushi, and more! No matter what you’re in the mood for, Hoxbill has something to satisfy your craving. 

Stay Less than a Mile Away at Camden Maine Stay Inn 

Smith Room

Our Midcoast Maine bed and breakfast is located less than a half-mile from all of these spectacular things to do in downtown Camden, Maine. Reserve a room at Camden Maine Stay Inn to start each day near all of your itinerary items! 

Consider our Smith Room located on the second floor of the Inn. This romantic room is named after the inn’s second set of innkeepers and features a queen-size bed, private bathroom with a walk-in shower, and more cozy amenities.

Check our availability and start planning your trip to Camden, Maine, today!