Camden, ME


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Camden is where the mountains meet the sea, offering you the best of what Maine has to offer -- the coast, rich history, and beautiful mountains. A tourist hot spot in the summer months, Camden has plenty to offer year-round!

Culture in Camden

Camden is a lively town that hosts many annual events throughout the year. 

Considered Maine's Mardis Gras, Winterfest is family-friendly fun you won't want to miss. This week-long celebration in February includes indoor and outdoor activities, beginning with ice carving and snow sculpting and ending with the Toboggan Nationals and celebratory dance. 

For nearly 20 years, Camden has hosted Christmas by the Sea. The event has spread over the years and now includes the neighboring communities of Rockport and Lincolnville. Arriving on a lobster boat, rather than a sleigh, Santa makes his way around town and holds story time at the Camden Public Library. Local businesses hold sales, restaurants offer dining specials, there is a festive parade, and it all culminates with a community tree lighting. 

Every Labor Day Weekend, the Camden Windjammer Festival kicks off. It begins with the arrival of Windjammers and offers tons of fun including fireworks, a lobster crate race, chowder challenge, free concerts, outdoor movies, and more, finally ending with a boat parade. 

Twice a year, in July and October, Camden hosts the Camden Harbor Arts and Craft Show. This two-day event features over 100 artists displaying, discussing, and selling their works. This juried art show is one of the most anticipated in New England. 

Camden Dining Options

Camden is a culinary haven, with something for even the pickiest of eaters!

Tucked away and in a relatively small space, Fresh & Co. offers global cuisine in a comfortable and elegant setting. On the walls, you'll find art from local artists and on the menu, you'll find diverse, and globally inspired food that marries classic coastal New England dishes and traditions of the Mediterranean region. They work with local farmers to source and deliver products with integrity, flavor, and soul. 

Enjoy a spectacular view of the harbor from vinyl booths at Mariners. Open 6 am - 2 pm this has been a local favorite for years. Breakfast is served all day. 

If you're looking for fine dining in a warm atmosphere then Natalie's at Camden Harbor is the place for you. Natalie's is the only restaurant in Maine to receive OpenTable Diner's Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America award. At Natalie's you'll experience food inspired by the fresh salt air and fruitful crops of coastal New England. Diners can select from several dining experiences including a lobster tasting menu and a seven-course chef's tasting menu highlighting the bounty of Maine. 

Located in a Civil-War era mill in the heart of downtown over the Megunticook River, 40Paper is a traditional Italian restaurant with bits of culinary inspiration from France and Spain mixed in. Their spacious bar is one of the most popular in the area. 

Peter Ott's on the Water offers fresh, quality food with panoramic views of Camden Harbor. Originally Peter Ott's Steakhouse and Tavern, this local staple relocated to the waterfront in 2014, in time for their 40th anniversary. This American style restaurant is known for its local seafood, pastas, and steaks. 

Don't forget dessert! Head over to Camden Cone on Bayview Street. This local hole-in-the-wall has been scooping up ice cream for 25 years. 

Camden Maine Schools

Camden children attend MSAD 28 schools. In addition to strong academics, students have access to exceptional music and art programs, healthy lunches, and a wide array of after-school activities including a robotics team, jump rope team, sports, and more. There are also several private/alternative schooling options in Camden. 

Elementary aged children in Camden attend the Camden-Rockport Elementary School in Rockport with students from neighboring Rockport. The school is located in Rockport.

The Camden-Rockport Middle School serves children from fifth to eighth grade and is also located in Rockport. 

Camden Hills Regional High School serves approximately 675 9-12th graders from Appleton, Camden, Rockport, Hope, and Lincolnville. Camden Hills is passionate in its pursuit to develop global citizens and have created several international programs for their students. They believe that hands-on experiences are the most powerful way for students to learn to honor and respect other cultures. To do this, students have several options. They can take short-term cultural visits, either to different parts of the United States or throughout the world. The other option is for students who truly want to immerse themselves in a new culture by spending a semester, or even a full school year, studying in another country. 

The Children's House Montessori School in Camden provides students, aged 18 months to 4th grade, an educational culture that respects a child's desire to learn and foster curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking while preparing them to be a contributing global citizen. Multi-age classes promote shared learning, peer-teaching, and strong relationships. 

The Riley School offers a holistic approach to education. Small, multi-age classrooms provide students the opportunity to collaborate and build strong relationships. Riley's curriculum is designed to encompass the intellectual, emotional, creative, and physical needs of each child. Riley is open to children ages 4-14 and also offers a toddler program for children 2-4. 

Camden is also home to a Wayfinder School. Wayfinder Schools are an alternative high school serving those at risk of not completing high school. They offer a nine-month residential program for teens who struggled in a traditional school setting as well as a home-based passages program for teen parents. 

The Watershed School in Camden is a private high school that offers an intellectually challenging academic program that encourages students to make meaningful connections to the world around them. 

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