Rainy Day Activities in MidCoast Maine.
Here at The Camden Riverhouse Hotel and Inn, we aren’t as concerned about rainy days. Our gardens love rain. Did you know that we have over 5,000 bulbs planted on the property? This year we are even growing corn in the parking lot! Although we know the flowers will be happy, we are aware that rain can be inconvenient for our guests on vacation. But, no worries, we have compiled a fun list of things that can be done on rainy days in Camden Maine and MidCoast Maine. MidCoast Maine is a fun place – rain or shine.
What Can I do on Rainy Days in Camden Maine and MidCoast Maine?
- Candlepin bowling – have you ever played candlepin bowling? At Oakland Park Bowling Lanes, in Rockport, ME, it is like stepping back in time. You are handed scorecards and a pencil to keep track of the game. There are no electrical scoreboards here. Instead of big bowling balls, the balls are small and can fit in the palm of your hand. Candlepin bowling is a real New England Thing. The game started in Massachusetts in 1880. Similar to traditional bowling, you can pick up the rules quickly and enjoy game after game while sitting the rain out.
- Movie theaters – We have 2 favorite movie theaters in MidCoast Maine. There is a first-run movie theater in Thomaston and a second run and performing arts venue in Rockland. The first run movie theater – Flagship Movies has comfortable seats and a great selection of movies. The Strand in Rockland is a beautiful renovated Egyptian Revival building that the community has fundraised to bring back to its old glory. The selection of entertainment in the building is phenomenal. There is even a small bar upstairs for the adults. Check out their schedule to see what is playing. The Camden Opera House in Camden Maine sometimes shows movies. Check their schedule.
- The Art Galleries and Museums. I would be amiss if I did not mention our neighbor to the South, Rockland, the “art capital of Maine”. The Farnsworth, the CMCA (Center for Maine Contemporary Art) and the Dowling Walsh Gallery alone could keep you busy all day. In addition to these extremely fine art venues, there are smaller galleries along Main Street in Rockland. The First Friday of every month, in the summer and spring, there is an art walk that is very well attended on the streets of Rockland.
- Like Chocolate? Take a quick tour of the Bixby Chocolate Factory in downtown Rockland. This boutique chocolate shop has lots of samples to taste. The facility is in a commercial looking neighborhood, gritty, but fun. A little out of the way, but definitely worth it.
- How about a drink? Did you know that MidCoast Maine is bursting with wineries and microbreweries? Cellardoor, Sweetgrass, Savage Oaks and Oyster River Wineries are all a short drive from downtown Camden. The Micro breweries include Blaze, SeaDog, Rock Harbor, Threshers, The Pour Farm, Marshall Wharf, and Belfast Bay Brewing. Some of the facilities have tasting rooms and tours.
- Feeling Crafty? The high level of craftsmanship is amazing in the MidCoast. For high-end furniture, you can visit the Windsor Chairmakers studio in Lincolnville. You can often see the workers crafting fine wooden chairs and furniture. In Northport, you can watch master loomers making fine Swan Island Blankets. Both facilities are old barns that were renovated. Really something to see.
- Want to just read a good book by a fireplace or a beautiful big window? The Camden Public Library is one of the most relaxing places in Camden Maine. The chairs and the environment created by the library is comfortable and welcoming. There may even be something going on in the Picker Room. If you have children with you, check the schedule for story time or peruse the children’s section and enjoy the lego table. If you prefer to be in a unique bookstore, Camden has those also. The Owl and Turtle and Sherman’s Books have great selections and are comfortable on a rainy day!
- Shopping is always a great past time. The downtown of Camden Maine has so many unique boutique shops. Spend the day going in and out and seeing Maine made crafts along with fine art.
- Play Bocce. The Jack, a restaurant/bar in downtown Camden Maine has indoor bocce courts. For $5.00 a person, hang out all afternoon, enjoy some pub food and play bocce.
- Stay at your Camden Maine hotel and go swimming. The pool at the Camden Riverhouse Hotel and Inn is heated and lots of fun. There are lots of floats for the kids to enjoy.
This vacation, don’t let the rain get you down. You made a great choice coming to Camden Maine where there are so many things to do. New England is a charming place, rain or shine. The famous saying around here is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”. So hang in there, the sun is coming!
For a list of Camden Maine Activities, Please see our Mid-Coast Attractions