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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Sailing from Ports in Rockland and
Camden, ME, 04843
Journey aboard a schooner is treasured time for families
Imagine all the non-electronic-gadget things you can do as a family aboard one of the historic schooners of the Maine Windjammer Association. Go for a swim or fish off the deck, explore a quaint seaside village, learn about navigation from the crew (or take a turn steering the vessel), play board games together by lantern-light, chow down on a lobster feast by a fire on a secluded beach, share stories and songs by starlight. (Or maybe you all will just want to snuggle up with a good book.) And the things you will sail past, from lighthouses and rocky islands to seal pups and the occasional whale! Some cruises are designed especially for grandparents and grandkids with kid-friendly activities.
3 Great Locations in New Hampshire and Maine
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.
3 Lake Moxie Road
The Forks, ME, 04985
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.
67 Atlantic Highway
Northport, ME, 04849
Families love this mid coast vacation destination
There is no end to what families can do at this natural wonderland on Penobscot Bay. Drop your gear in the spacious cabin then strap yourselves in for great indoor/outdoor fun from hiking on the 3.8 miles of bountiful nature trails to swimming at the private beach. Visit the goats and hens on the organic farm year-round. There’s tennis, basketball, kayaking, snowshoeing and nearby ice skating and skiing. The fitness and recreation complex has racquetball and squash courts, billiards, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, an 8-lane bowling center. Have breakfast or lunch at the Copper Pine Café then take off for the day for some sightseeing, shopping, dining and enjoy all the attractions in nearby Camden, Belfast, Rockland and Bar Harbor.
Route 1 - Animal Park Road
York Beach, ME, 03909
The fun is really wild at this Maine kingdom
African lions and Bengal tigers and, oh my, so much more for families to see and do at York’s Wild Kingdom, where kids and parents come to play. Observe animals from A (alligators) to Z (zebras) in beautifully landscaped exhibits, walk into the colorful Butterfly Kingdom, feed the ducks or take a paddle boat ride in the lake, pet African pygmy goats, feed a deer – and that’s just the animals! You can also ride a Ferris wheel, carousel or bumper boat, scream in a haunted house, play a round on the mini-golf course, get your swing down in a batting cage and sharpen your arcade-game skills. Bring a picnic lunch or feast from our snack bars, ice cream and fried dough stands.
Saco, ME, 04072
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 USA 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 Racers.
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.
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.
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
142 Free Street
Portland, ME, 04101
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.
Old Fort Western
16 Cony St.
Augusta, ME, 04330
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.