When it comes to vacations, folks visit new places to try different food, listen to live music, or experience the local nightlife. For others, relaxation means getting out into the wild and pushing yourself to summit the highest mountain or ski the steepest slope. All year long, there is an abundance of outdoor activities in Midcoast Maine available to all our foresters out there! Check out our list below of the best activities for beginners and experts.
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4 Seasons of the Best Outdoor Activities in Midcoast Maine
Spring Outdoor Activities
After a long, cold winter, the longer days and warmer temperatures are a welcomed sight in Midcoast Maine. There is much to do in the spring, like bird watching and kayaking, to get you out in the fresh air. Try hiking the Mount Battie Trail, sightseeing around Camden, or visiting the Merryspring Nature Center.
The places for fishing in and around Camden are endless. Whether you prefer saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing, Camden has places where you can easily do both! Head to Penobscot River for saltwater fishing, or go to Megunticook Lake if you prefer freshwater. Or take a charter if you want to get to some of the best spots around.
There are tons of parks filled with trails in and around Midcoast Maine for you to enjoy! Two of the top spots for hiking are Acadia National Park and Camden Hills State Park. Our favorite trail between these two parks is a moderate, 2.6-mile trail called “Camden Hills” that takes hikers through wildflowers and up to an ocean lookout. Push just 0.4 miles from the lookout, and you can reach the peak of Mt. Megunticook, one of the tallest mountains in the area.
Summer Outdoor Activities in Midcoast Maine
The Maine Coast is best known for its involvement in the marine world, from marine biology to the amazing lobster served across the state. You can take part as well by boating in Midcoast Maine. Book a unique PenBay Cruise if you are an inexperienced sailor. Or you can sign up with Camden Sailing Charters and take an educational course to learn how to sail.
If you love the ocean, summer is great for swimming at Camden beaches, or for sports lovers, enjoy the stunning landscape while playing golf. In June, the whole town enjoys the Jazz in June festival. Another annual festival loved and adored in Camden is the Windjammer Festival, where we celebrate maritime history over Labor Day weekend with sailboat displays, auctions, food, games, and other festivities!
Summer is also a perfect time for so many things to do that might be too cold in the winter, like visiting the beautiful lighthouses all over the area or hiking the Giant’s Stairs Trail that offers fantastic views of the Magunticook Lake!
If you want to try kayaking, or are a seasoned expert, rent a kayak from places like Maine Sport Outfitters. They offer rentals, lessons, and tours to some of the best places in Camden to learn or practice kayaking. And you will see some of the state’s most fantastic views!
Fall Outdoor Activities
Camden in the fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to enjoy hiking and biking. There are many opportunities to see fall foliage as the season fades into winter. It’s one of the best times of the year to enjoy delicious apple cider and pumpkin spiced. It’s a great time to take a Camden Harbor Cruise or visit Camden Harbor. With so many wildlife and bird species, you can learn to bird watch or find more species.
During the harvest season, many restaurants serve specialty dishes with the best available ingredients. Check out some of Camden’s waterfront restaurants to try some delectable dishes! It’s also the beginning of the holiday season. With Camden’s magical coastal village vibe, it can be an enjoyable place to have a holiday vacation and create memories of a lifetime!
Winter Outdoor Activities in Midcoast Maine
In the winter, the activity that draws all attention to this region is skiing. The Camden Snow Bowl is the only place in the U.S. that offers skiing with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. The Camden Snow Bowl also provides other fantastic activities, like a tubing hill and a toboggan chute, where they hold the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships!
Here in Camden are some of the most exciting events you will love for winter! Enjoy snowshoeing at Mount Battie Trail or learn ice climbing. Check out the Winterfest, a favorite local festival where you can have fun enjoying ice carving, hot food, doggie fashion shows, and so much more!
Relax at the Camden Maine Stay Inn
After your long day in nature, recharge at the Camden Maine Stay Inn! You can relax in the serene garden on the property and then make yourself at home in one of our many comfortable guest rooms. Each morning of your stay, we’ll provide you with a two-course gourmet breakfast that will prove it’s worth more than just fuel for your next full day of outdoor activities in Midcoast Maine.
We are proud to share (and know you’ll be happy to hear) that the Camden Maine Stay Inn has gone green! There are several initiatives in place to ensure that our environmental goals are met. Book now, and rest your head knowing we care about nature just as much as you do!