Activities for The Kids

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School. Camden and Acadia. Personalized hiking and climbing instructions and guided hikes. Experiences the whole family will never forget.

Schooner Appledore thrills. Camden. Day Sails – Sunset Sails – Eco-Adventures – Private Charters

Kid-friendly swimming spots, including peaceful Barrett’s Cove on Lake Megunticook Rte 52

Fun stores like Camden’s extensive Maine Sports and the very popular Smiling Cow.

Miniature golf at Golfers Crossing on Route One, on the Camden/Rockport town line

Bowling alleys in Northport and Rockport

Movies in Rockland, Thomaston, and Belfast

Penobscot Bay Area YMCA. Rockport. Indoor climbing wall and great small playground. There is a terrific children’s room at the Camden Public Library

Sea Creature Touch Tank at the Coastal Children’s Museum in Rockland

Owls Head Transportation Museum offers a world-class collection of pre-1940s vehicles and aircraft. It showcases funky old cars, air shows featuring biplanes, Model T rides, vintage motorcycles, truck meets,
historical exhibits, and more. Kids under 18 get in free.

Visit the “Oreo Cows” of Aldermere Farm, not your ordinary cows! Aldermere Farm in Rockport was one of the first in the country to import Belted Galloway cattle from Scotland. A walk along scenic, tree- shaded Russell Avenue to watch the cows is a popular outing. Friday Farm Tours run through the summer.

Haul a lobster trap from the ocean floor. Camden Harbor Cruises offers short (from one- to three-hour) outings each day departing from Camden Harbor. These include the Lobstering & Lighthouse cruises; a wildlife eco-tour; the Sunday Lighthouse Cruise; and a daily Sunset Cruise. You’ll see area lighthouses, traditional sailboats, visiting yachts, the scenic rocky coastline, and, possibly even seals, porpoises, bald eagles, ospreys, guillemots (a cousin to the puffin), and working lobster boats. Kids can help steer the boat and pull up a lobster trap; parents can sit back and have a beer at the on-board bar.

Hike or drive to a mountain tower overlooking Camden and Penobscot Bay. Rising 780’ above Camden Harbor, Mount Battie is a distinctive feature of the local landscape. The stone tower at its summit was erected as a WW I memorial in 1921 … you can hike to it via several trails, including a short (1/2-mile) but often steep scramble within walking distance of downtown Camden or walk or drive up via the auto road from the main park entrance on Route One (fee charged). Climb the tower’s spiral steps for a spectacular view of the bay and surrounding mountains. If you hike up, watch for trail-side wild blueberries in summer.