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.
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.
Peacock - York's Wild Kingdom - York, ME
York's Wild Kingdom

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

New England's Only Zoo AND Amusement Park

African lions, ring tail lemurs, prairie dogs, and 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 and pet African pygmy goats, deer and ducks. You can also ride a Ferris wheel, carousel or play a round on the mini golf course. Bring a picnic lunch or feast from our snack bars, ice cream and fried dough stands. York’s Zoo will be open daily starting 5/29-9/26/21, 10am-5pm daily! Amusement park is open weekends only 5/29-6/25/21, then daily 6/26-9/6/21, hours 11:30am-5pm
Funtown Splashtown USA Water Park Saco ME
Funtown Splashtown USA

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

Families have a blast at this giant combination amusement and water park

It’s easy to see why families keep coming back to Funtown Splashtown USA: There’s so much to do! In the water park, there are family raft slides as well as translucent and completely dark tube slides, a corkscrew slide and the Pirates Paradise Aquaplay where 500 gallons of water are dumped every two minutes! Amusement park rides include two roller coasters, a log flume, Thunderbolt, Tilt-a-Whirl, bumper cars and boats and the breathtaking Dragon’s Descent (220 feet up). Lots of eating options here, from pizza to pulled-pork sandwiches, a tiki bar with smoothies and the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe. A family owned and operated business, Funtown Splashtown puts guest safety first and is strictly following CDC guidelines.
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.
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Village by the Sea - Family Fun with Room to Stretch Out! - Wells, ME
York's Wild Kingdom - New England's Only Zoo AND Amusement Park!
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