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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 for any vacation. Among them are whale watch cruises, camping, children's museums, paddling, hiking, and much more.

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Waterfall Drive Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 603-367-4427

The south coast of Maine has the zip!

There’s more than a breeze in the trees on the south coast of Maine. Get the family into Zip trekking a hybrid of a Zip line Tour and an Aerial Trekking course. Self navigate on a variety of Zip lines and rope-course challenges. After a brief ground school, you’re attached to the course by belays but you’ll be able to find your own way. Try your luck with 48 challenges from swinging beams and tightropes, to rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets. There are 3 zip lines, a dual zip, a 35-foot high giant swing, and a rock climbing wall. Kids will enjoy platforms no more than 6’ off the ground and enough challenges to provide the kick.

1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-9800 Toll-Free: 888-533-9253

New England’s Premier Whale Watching Tours

Join us for an adventurous whale watching trip in the gulf of Maine on your next vacation, a perfect thing to do this summer with your family. 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 Maine vacation experience that you will never forget.

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.

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.

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.

Route 1 Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-284-5139

For family fun, together and one by one

Whether you’re going to do family things all together or the independent little rascals always want to ride and romp by themselves, Funtown Splashtown presents plenty of opportunities. There is not one but two roller coasters to zoom around on, with your choice of rattling wood or smooth steel. The youngsters can enjoy such safe attractions as the merry-go-round, the classic carousel and the Balloon Race, a mini-Ferris wheel. With parents in the back and kids in the front, the Barney Oldfield Roadsters take you around a track. When it comes to fun on wheels, the action level is up to you - it can be as mild as bumper cars or boats, or as adventuresome as the gas-powered Grand Prix go-karts.

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

142 Free Street Portland, ME, 04101 Phone: 207-828-1234

Interactive exhibits at this Museum and theater 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, all great options for family activities on your next vacation or trip to Maine. Programs change frequently. Fun for all ages, but best 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, Maine’s waterfront in a historic narrow gauge railway coach, a perfect place to go during your next vacation when you are searching for fun family activities. 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.

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.

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.

Palace Playland

1 Old Orchard St. Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064 Phone: 207-934 2001

Family amusement park on the beach in Maine 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 family activities that are perfect for your next vacation in Maine. Free admission to the park. Many ticket options for rides and amusements.