Mid Coast Maine offers lots of activity for kids, on the water, on boats, and on land

Family fun in Midcoast Maine takes many, many forms: maybe a lobster dinner cruise on an authentic Maine windjammer? Also: exploring the tide pools and walking the coves and beaches; or visiting the Boothway Railway Village or the year-round Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, also in Boothbay Harbor, with great, child-oriented areas. Bring or rent kayaks and spend days simply paddling around the innumerable rocky islands and jetties. That’ll wear ‘em out! Find easy and comfortable family friend lodgings at your fingertips.

Sailing from Ports in Rockland, Rockport and Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-374-2993 Toll-Free: 800-807-9463

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 nine 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 6 and up are available on several windjammers and include kid-friendly meals, additional shore time 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, perfect choices this summer when you are looking for family activities. Delicious home-cooked meals and a lobster bake included. Sailing from Camden-Rockland from May through October. Visit our website by following the link above or call 800-807-WIND.

67 Atlantic Highway Lincolnville, ME, 04849 Phone: 207-789-2000

Families love this mid coast vacation destination

There is no end to what families can do at this natural wonderland on Penobscot Bay. Drop you gear in your cabin then strap yourselves in for great indoor and outdoor fun from hiking on the 3.8 miles of bountiful nature trails to swimming at your own private beach to picking fruit and vegetables at the farm. Year round, there’s tennis, biking, kayaking, cross country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. The fitness and recreation complex has racquetball and squash courts, billiards, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, an eight-lane bowling alley and video game arcade. Take off for the day and get in some sightseeing, shopping, dining and enjoy all the attractions in nearby Camden, Belfast, Rockland and Bar Harbor.

The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad

212 Depot St. Unity, ME, 04988 Phone: 207-948-5500

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.