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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

Stay along the Kennebec River then get your whitewater on.

Exceptional family fun awaits with rafting trips on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers in Maine. Enjoy raft trips for all ability levels and special pricing for kids 8-15. Specialty trips include funyaks (inflatable kayaks) and "Go For It" rafts which give the most exciting ride on the river. Trips meet at the full service base camp with restaurant, pub, game room, outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs. Camp along the Kennebec River or stay in motel rooms, cabins, and even suites with Jacuzzi tubs. After rafting, take on your friends with paintball on four Rapid Shot Paintball fields. Play half-day, full day or Nightfall Paintball. Discount pricing is 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.