South Coast welcomes families, kids and dogs for fun at the beach and water parks

The South Coast of Maine feels like it was made for family vacations. Kids and adults will both feel a thrill as they pass through the gateway to Maine and into the land of lobsters and lighthouses and parks. Kids need to spend at day at parks like Funtown Splashtown USA and Monkey Trucks. For a day of quieter fun, there are miles of trails through coastal woods and wetlands in the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge. The beaches, of course, and wide, sandy, and gorgeous. Old Orchard Beach is known for special events like sand sculpting and car shows and fireworks the kind of neon-laced night frolics that kids and teenagers love. Plenty to choose from when you are looking for family friendly lodgings. And, many lodgings welcome your dog, too.
Funtown Splashtown USA Water Park Saco ME
Funtown Splashtown USA

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 USA presents plenty of opportunities. There's not one but two roller coasters to zoom around on - the classic wooden Excalibur or modern steel-frame Wild Mouse. The youngsters can enjoy such 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.
York's Wild Kingdom Goat Kids York ME
York's Wild Kingdom

Route 1 - Animal Park Road York, ME, 03909 Phone: 207-363-4911

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.
Crabbing - Nonantum Resort - Kennebunkport, ME
Nonantum Resort

95 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME, 04046 Phone: 207-967-4050 Toll-Free: 800-552-5651

One of the region’s best family resorts has an unending menu of activities

Get to know each other again, you and the kids, at The Nonantum Resort, named one of the best family resorts in New England by Yankee Magazine. The comfortable, classic New England inn on the Kennebunk River has so many activities for children, they’ll find it hard to choose: arts and crafts, scavenger hunts in themed costumes, pulling up crab pots right off the dock. Activities for all of you include family campfires, dips in the pool, sing-alongs and s’mores under the stars. Take a boat tour right from the marina or a trolley tour right from the resort doorstep. Stroll into Dock Square for shopping or head farther afield to arcades, water parks, zipline parks, movies and museums.
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.
York's Wild Kingdom - New England's Only Zoo AND Amusement Park!