Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015
￼The rain in Maine keeps our landscape lush and green, but it need not dampen your vacation fun. ￼￼Things to Do on a Rainy Day (or any day)!
Visit a Museum: ￼￼￼￼￼￼Learn more about a favorite subject or discover a new passion at our area museums and historical societies.
It’s easy to while away a few hours focused on fine art, area and maritime history, lighthouse artifacts, vintage transportation, or antique toys.
See a list of area museums and galleries here.
Catch a Movie: ￼The Strand Theatre in downtown Rockland is a beautifully restored 350- seat venue offering classic, foreign, and first-run films. Off Route 1 at the Rockland/ Thomaston line, the 11 screens at Flagship Cinemas showcase Hollywood’s latest releases.
Check out a Library: Read a magazine or newspaper, attend a lecture, or use the computers or WiFi. Camden’s Public Library is home to the Walsh History Center, a treasure trove for historians and genealogists. Built in 1904, the Rockland Public Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Rockland Historical Society. Rockport Public Library is known for its book clubs, drop-in mahjongg games, and other visitor-friendly events.
Take a Cooking Class: Explore a regional cuisine or upgrade your kitchen techniques through classes that last a few hours to workshops that extend a few days. Venues include Bay Leaf Cottages & Bistro, Cellardoor Winery, Hartstone Inn, and Salt Water Farm.
Go Bowling: Ten-pin competitors will find eight lanes at Point Lookout, in Northport. For a bit more of a challenge - the balls are smaller and the pins narrower—try the New England variation of candlepin bowling at Oakland Park Lanes, in Rockport.
Stay Fit: At the Penobscot Bay YMCA, in Rockport, a day pass will give you access to fitness equipment, two indoor pools, a basketball court, a walking track, and a climbing wall. There’s also a new Rockland location of the Pen Bay Y. Midcoast Recreation Center, on Rt. 90 in Rockport, has indoor tennis courts and an ice- skating rink. Point Lookout’s fitness center boasts free weights, cardio machines, and courts for squash and racquetball.
Enjoy a Concert or Play: The Strand Theatre’s schedule includes live concerts and high-definition opera and theater broadcasts. Some of the former are produced by Bay Chamber Concerts, which also performs at the Rockport Opera House. At the Camden Opera House, Sunday matinees by The Everyman Repertory Theatre occur periodically throughout the year.
Watch or Join Artisans at Work: See traditional American wood furniture being made at Windsor Chairmakers, in Lincolnville. In nearby Northport, you can tour Swans Island, where blankets, throws, and scarves are handwoven in a 1780 farmhouse. Visit David Jacobson Glass and assist in making your own hand blown glass treasures right along with David at his studio in Montville.
Attend a Wine Tasting: The Midcoast is blessed with four wineries (Cellardoor, Breakwater Vineyards, Savage Oaks and Sweetgrass), each with a tasting room where samples are part of the shopping experience. Also look for group classes in pairing wine with food, sometimes dishes you cook yourself.
Pamper Yourself: Relax and rejuvenate with a massage, facial, manicure/pedicure or other beauty treatment. You’ll find suggestions for Day Spas and Massage Therapy practitioners in our Living Here pages.