Written by Missy Johnston
Camden, Maine is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery and outdoorsy culture. If you want to drop anchor and relax on the beach, or hike through beautiful nearby pine forests, you can absolutely do that. But there are many other interesting things you may want to do when visiting Camden, Maine, when on a crewed luxury private yacht charter vacation in Down East, Maine.
Take in an opera or ballet performance.
The Camden Opera House blends gorgeous Victorian architecture with performance art of all kinds, including concerts, ballets, musicals, comedy shows, and, of course, operas. The city of Camden maintains the Opera House as a living monument to the town’s history and features the 120-year-old building as part of a walking tour of Camden’s best attractions.
Enjoy some outdoor activities.
There are great options for outdoor activities in the Camden area:
- Visit Camden Hills State Park and hike Mount Battle.
- Go to Laite Memorial Beach, where you can swim while the tide is in and find beautiful seashells when the tide is out.
- Visit Aldermere Farm for a unique and educational tour of the farm, which features Belted Galloway cattle.
- Take an afternoon walk through Merryspring Nature Center’s specialty gardens.
Sample fresh, local seafood.
Your chef will find and prepare any freshly caught seafood you want to eat aboard your yacht. But if you’re in the mood for a very nice restaurant, try Natalie’s. It’s a local favorite, and it has amazing views over Camden’s harbor.
Take part in maritime activities from the privacy of your yacht.
Camden is a town that loves its boats. That’s one of the reasons that stopping in Camden on a yacht charter in Down East Maine Is the best way to enjoy the area. You can sail alongside historic sailboats and racing vessels, or schedule your charter during the historic Camden Windjammer Festival and watch these “Old Girls” in their sailing glory.
Most visitors to Camden must charter a local boat or sign up for a tour to visit the lighthouses, nearby islands, bald eagles, and marine wildlife that can’t be seen from the mainland. But for you, your captain can simply raise the anchor and move on to the next spot whenever you’re ready.
The eighteen lighthouses that lie within a 40-mile radius of Camden are something you will be able to see from your private luxury yacht. Camden Harbor has Curtis Island Light, which is still being used by the U.S. Coast Guard. Brown’s Head Light and Heron Neck Light are on the nearby island of Vinalhaven.
Ask your captain to plan a sunset cruise along the coast so you can enjoy the backlit cliffs and rugged Maine coastline during the most beautiful part of the day. And no Down East Maine luxury private yacht cruise would be complete without a lobster boil on a nearby island close to Camden. Your yacht’s chef will prepare a traditional boil with all the trimmings so that you and your guests can get an authentic taste of Maine.