Family Fun and Kids Activities in Maine
Maine's variety -- from ocean cliffs to western mountains and rivers, make it a treasure for family activities, indoors and outdoors, in all seasons. Among them are whale watch cruises, camping, children's museums, paddling, hiking, and much more.
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1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
New England’s Premier Whale Watching Tours
Join us for an adventurous whale watching trip in the gulf of Maine. We feature several distinct whale watching, sightseeing, lighthouse and nature trips which sail daily throughout the summer season. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company has spared no expense in order to offer you a spectacular opportunity to experience the awe inspiring beauty of the magnificent mammals of the sea. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers six distinct tours: Puffins & Whale Watching, Just Whale Watching, Nature Cruise, Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching, Baker Island and Acadia National Park Tour and the Historical Lighthouse Tour. Trips depart everyday throughout the season from the town pier at 1 West Street in Bar Harbor, Maine. Come and enjoy a fantastic experience that you will never forget.
3 Lake Moxie Road
The Forks, ME 04985
For a memorable vacation...
Family owned and operated since 1983, Crab Apple offers rafting trips on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers for all ability levels and special pricing for kids 8-15. Trips meet at our beautiful base camp which includes a restaurant, pub, game room, outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs. Lodging along the Kennebec River includes motel rooms, cabins, camping and suites with Jacuzzi tubs. Discount pricing is available for groups of 16 or more and for all youth organizations. Specialty trips include funyaks (inflatable kayaks) and "Go For It" rafts which give the most exciting ride on the river. We also offer paintball on our four Rapid Shot Paintball fields -play half-day, full day or Nightfall Paintball after rafting - now that's cool!
Old Fort Western
16 Cony St.
Augusta, ME 04330
Built in 1754, this National Historic Landmark is America's oldest surviving wooden fort. Visitors can tour the fort and its store, which contains hundreds of farming and forestry tools essential to the economic life of the settlement.
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 1 to 4 p.m.; Labor Day through January, weekends or Sundays only.
Information: www.oldfortwestern.org. For visits or programs, see www.oldfortwestern.org/faq.asp
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
142 Free Street
Portland, ME 04101
Interactive exhibits span four floors, and special programming is offered daily. Features and exhibits include Toddle Park, Tide Pool Touch Tank, a rock climbing wall, the Space Shuttle, and the Music Garden. Programs change frequently. Fun for all ages, but est for children younger than 12. Cost: $6; under age 1, free. Open: Labor Day-Memorial Day, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Memorial Day-Labor Day, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m.; Closed major holidays
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum
58 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207- 828-0814
The whole family will enjoy a trip along Portland’s waterfront in a historic narrow gauge railway coach. Magnificent views of Portland's working waterfront aboard antique rail cars pulled by steam and diesel locomotives. Discover the unique two-foot gauge trains that linked rural Maine to the rest of the world. The museum is open daily from May 1 to October 31, and seasonally for special events such as the Christmastime Polar Express trains.
Sailing from Ports in Rockland, Rockport and
If you’re looking to explore where the big ships can’t go, a Maine windjammer can get you there.
Cast off on a three- to six-day sailing adventure aboard one of Maine’s ten legendary windjammers in the Maine Windjammer Association. Enjoy a down-to-earth vacation that’s fun for the whole family. Special family cruises for kids 5 and up are available on several windjammers and include kid-friendly meals, additional shoretime and lots of shipboard activities. Keep a lookout for seals, porpoises, lighthouses and lobster boats. Enjoy great sailing by day and cozy anchorages every night. Delicious home-cooked meals and a lobsterbake included. Sailing from Camden-Rockland from May through October. www.sailmainecoast.com
The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad
212 Depot St.
Unity, ME 04988
This 33-mile railroad line is one of the oldest continuously operating railroads in the United States. Scenic excursion trips leave from the historic depot in Unity at noon on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, following a turntable demonstration at 11:30 a.m.
Saco, ME 04072
Where the great American family comes to play!
At Funtown Splashtown USA, fun comes in all shapes and sizes. We are Northern New England's largest family themed amusement and water park and home to some of the largest attractions in Northern New England. The park is the home of Maine's only wooden roller coaster Excalibur, Northern New England's largest vertical thrill ride Dragon's Descent, New England's longest and tallest log flume ride Thunder Falls, Maine's largest steel-family coaster, the Wild Mouse, and a large collection of family and kiddie rides. There's also a huge arcade filled with old favorites and new cutting edge games, gift shops, and family fun activities.
P.O. Box 388
York, ME 03909
Maine Beaches…We're Closer Than You Think!
The Maine Beaches, an hour north of Boston and south of Portland, stretches from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach and boasts 30+ miles of dazzling white sand. From boisterous and family filled beaches within walking distance of arcades and homemade ice cream to quiet coves surrounded by dune grass and tidal marshes, you’ll find your perfect spot here. We are also home to the Kittery Outlets, the Kittery Trading Post and hundreds of boutiques and antique stores. And outdoor recreation here is unmatched! Whether on foot, on wheels or on water, stunning scenery, and of course lighthouses, await you! Bringing the kiddos? Make sure to check out one of our exciting amusement parks or family friendly events! Add in golfing, birding, sailing, fishing and arts & culture and what more could you ask for in a vacation?
1 Old Orchard St.
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Phone: 207-934 2001
Family amusement park on the beach with dozens of rides and attractions. The 24,000-square-foot video arcade contains more than 200 games like Skeeball, coupon skill games, and coin-operated video. The park also offers midway games, gift shops, old-fashioned photos, a palm reader, and more. Free admission to the park. Many ticket options for rides and amusements.