Fun Midcoast Maine Things To Do
The great thing about Maine is there is so much to do, see and experience. Now sometimes doing, seeing and experiencing something might entail sitting in an Adirondack chair, in the backyard, reading a book, watching the lobster boats and experiencing a cool ocean breeze. The views you see of Tenants Harbor are from my backyard and porches. We spend lots of lazy days in Tenants Harbor just taking it all in. Many times though we are adventurous, active and on the move. Here are some Maine fun things to do in no particular order.
- Picnic on Mt. Battie. Just an incredible view that you never get tired of! You feel like you are on top of the world, on top of a mountain look down to the sea. Just north of Camden off Rt 1 in Camden Hills State Park. A must on any visit! You can drive or hike to the top.
- Have a Lobster Cookout! Buy some lobsters, clams and mussels from a local fisherman or a market. Steam them up in a big pot of salted water. Add some potatoes, corn on the cob and melt some butter. Grab some cold Maine craft beer and enjoy! TIP- I think the bigger the lobster the tougher the tail meat. Instead of eating a 3-pound "bug", eat (3) 1-pound "chicks". There are less expensive and the meat is sweeter! I also like soft-shell (shedders) if available!
- Hike Clark Island. A beautiful hike around an old quarry with spectacular ocean views. Part of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Park at the Craignair Inn and walk across the causeway. Post hike grab a cool drink and bite to eat at The Craignair!
- Hike to Roaring Spout. The Roaring Spout is located on Roaring Spout Road, which is off of Harts Neck Road in Tenants Harbor. This is a small "forever wild" conservation parcel that is open to the public. Roaring Spout Road is a private road and motorized vehicles are excluded. Pedestrians and bicyclists are welcome. The Roaring Spout is 0.6 miles up Roaring Spout Road. Once there you will experience incredible views of the Atlantic and at high tide (especially if the sea is choppy) you will here the ocean roar through the rock formation and may even get sprayed by the spout!
- Hike Camden Hills. Maiden's Cliff is a favorite! Access to this trailhead can be found off route 52 in Camden, however you may take longer hikes through various trails within the Camden Hills State Park trail system to reach Maiden Cliff. Beautiful views of Megunticook Lake. Easy hike, about a mile. Another awesome spot for a picnic! The Ocean Overlook Trail is amazing. A challenging hike, but the bounty is worth it at the top. What a view! Another favorite on the north end of Camden Hills is Bald Rock Mountain. A shorter hike, but more amazing ocean views at the top.
- Take a Day Sail! Did you know there is more coastline in Maine than California? Yep! And the best way to experience it is to get off dry land. There are a number of options to see the Mid-Coast of Maine by boat including many old, wooden schooners. Charters are available in Camden, Rockport and Rockland. Private charters are also available. We have sailed numerous times with Capt. Daniel Bennett aboard the Bufflehead out of Rockland. For bigger parties of if you are okay being part of a group we sail with Capt. Aaron Lincoln on The Olad out of Camden. We love sailing around the Islands of North Haven, Islesboro and Vinalhaven!
- Cruise aboard the Maine Windjammer Fleet!
- Take a Lobster Boat cruise!
- Visit Camden Maine! Hike around town! Shop, eat, drink and take in this picturesque coastal town. You'll feel like you are on a movie set. In fact you are - movies like Peyton Place were filmed here.
- Visit Rockland Maine! A vibrant working New England coastal town. I like to call it a mini-Portland. A very cool and eclectic food scene, lots of art galleries, shops, festivals and music.
- Take a Kayak Tour
out of Port Clyde. Our friends take guided tours
out of Port Clyde Village. All kinds of
options including a Porpoise Tour and a Full Moon Tour!!! Port Clyde Kayaks
- Go Mackerel Fishing! What a fun fish to catch! Just find a public landing or wharf, use a "Christmas tree" lure and cast it in the water. They usually run in schools and it's not uncommon to get 3 or 4 on the line at once! Hint- Fish near a lobster wharf wear they dump the old bait and bait juice in the water, Mackerel tend to school there.
- Go to Drift Inn Beach! Rock and sand Maine beach between Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde. Go at low tide for best conditions! Awesome for kids!
- Catch a show, concert or movies at The Strand in Rockland.
- Visit Monhegan Island. A beautiful island 11 miles off the coast from Port Clyde, shaped like a whale, with 150 foot headlands on the north side sloping down to low coves on the southern end. There are 17 miles of hiking trails on Monhegan, with hundreds of species of wildflowers and seabirds. Monhegan Island is also an art colony, with as many as 20 studios open during the peak summer months. Take a ferry from Port Clyde. Have a cold beer at Monhegan Brewing!
- Check out the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines are on permanent display.
- Experience the Camden Snow Bowl. No matter the season the Camden Snow Bowl offers outdoor adventures. In the winter there is skiing, tubing and an awesome toboggan run. The Snow Bowl is host to the US Toboggan Nationals each February. When skiing you can experience a full view of the Atlantic Ocean and Penobscot Bay. Pretty darn incredible! In the warmer months there are mountain biking and hiking trails all over Ragged Mountain. In the fall there are scenic leaf tours up and down the chair lifts. Throughout the year there are parties, festivals and concerts.
- Visit Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde. Remember Forrest Gump running back and forth from coast to coast in the movie? Remember him running out to a lighthouse in Maine? Yep, this is the lighthouse! Only 5 minutes from Tenants Harbor. Prominently located on the rocky point, at the entrance to the harbor of the fishing village of Port Clyde. Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum offers visitors and engaging look at the local history, beauty and wonder of mid-coast Maine.
- More Lighthouses! They're everywhere! A great way to tour Midcoast Maine is to visit lighthouses up and down the coast. This will take you to some of the most beautiful, picturesque and natural places in Maine. A quick google search will give you some great options including Owls Head Light and the walk-able Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
- Have a boat? Check out the Maine Island Trail! The Maine Island Trail is a water trail spanning over 200 islands and coastal sites along the 375 miles of the coast of Maine. One third of trail sites are public, and two thirds are owned by private organizations and individuals who trust us to care for their lands and teach our members to "Leave No Trace". More than just the first recreational water trail in America, the Maine Island Trail fosters a culture of grassroots user-stewardship for Maine's islands.
- Take on a ropes
course! A great family adventure! Maine's first high-flying family adventure
park with zip lines!!!! Navigate through more than 30 obstacles from 12 to 50
feet in the air then zoom along one of the FIVE zip lines or a GIANT SWING! Monkey See Monkey Do
- Enjoy a Maine Festival! Maine-ers love to throw a good party! Check out a local festival or fair. Some of the more popular are Tenants Harbor's very own "St. George Days", The Maine Lobster Festival, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, Moxie Festival, Union Fair, Camden Windjammer Festival, Maine Boats and Harbors Show, etc. Just "Google" these events or "Maine Festivals" to learn about more events!
- The Maine Music Scene. Did you know Rockland Maine is considered a part of the Mississippi Blues Trail? Crazy, but true! Some of the biggest names in blues frequent Rockland. Each year in July Rockland hosts the North Atlantic Blues Festival and throughout the year top blues acts visit the Strand Theater and other venues. In addition to blues Midcoast Maine hosts performances by local, regional and national artists in theaters, opera houses, outdoor parks, pubs, clubs and coffeehouses. Check out one of the local newspapers like the Free Press or Village Soup to see a schedule.
- Tee it up on a Maine
Golf Course! There are plenty of courses in Mid-coast Maine to choose from including
The Samoset, Boothbay Country Club, Rockland Golf Club, Goose River Golf Club
and Northport Golf Club.
- Visit the Farnsworth in Rockland. The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine's ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America's greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection. Its Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth.
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