Augusta/Kennebec offers museums and outdoor action, like rafting, for families

If you are looking for an outdoor vacation for boisterous kids, you will it in the wild and beautiful region of Augusta Kennebec, where experts can take you on raft rides on white, foaming rivers; snowmobiling is popular in winter; and quieter children can enjoy browsing the Children’s Discovery Museum and the state’s history museum in the capital city of Augusta. Family friendly lodgings will put you close to water sports and hiking trails and places for wildlife watching and relaxation.

3 Lake Moxie Road The Forks, ME, 04985 Phone: 800-553-7238

Family Owned and Operated Whitewater Rafting Outfitter

Rafting trips on Maine’s Kennebec and Dead Rivers offer exceptional family fun from a family operated business. Since 1983, Crab Apple has offered raft trips for every ability level plus special pricing for kids 8-15. Start your adventure at the full-service base camp with a restaurant, pub, game room, outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs. You’ll camp along the Kennebec River or stay in motel rooms, cabins, and even suites with Jacuzzi tubs. You can also add some adrenaline after rafting on four Rapid Shot Paintball Fields. There’s discount pricing available for groups of 16 or more and for all youth organizations.

Old Fort Western

16 Cony St. Augusta, ME, 04330 Phone: 207-626-2385

Built in 1754, this National Historic Landmark is America's oldest surviving wooden fort and it a great place to visit during your next family vacation to Maine when you are looking for things to do and family activities. Visitors can tour the fort and its store, which contains hundreds of farming and forestry tools essential to the economic life of the settlement. Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 1 to 4 p.m.; Labor Day through January, weekends or Sundays only.