15+ Best Things To Do in Maine with Kids

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Maine is full of family-friendly fun. With its rich history, amazing seafood, fascinating wildlife, and beautiful landscapes and beaches, it will truly be an adventure the kids won’t ever forget. Let this list be a travel guide to get you started experiencing all that this coastal state has to offer.

 

Here are 15+ best things to do in Maine with kids. Check out the Gowhee App for more kid-friendly locations recommended by local and traveling parents.

View from the Mount Battie tower
Views from the Mount Battie Tower. at Camden Hills State Park

1. Climb To The Top of Mt. Battie at Camden Hills State Park

The beautiful state of Maine has lots of fun outdoor activities that kids can enjoy. Climbing to the top of Mt. Battie will make your kids feel like they’re on a real adventure. 

Key Information: Park admission is $6 per person – may be closed due to weather between November and May – rough terrain isn’t stroller friendly 

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2. See the Historic Nubble Lighthouse

The rocky coast of Maine has many lighthouses, and the Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick near York Beach is one of the most famous. Enjoy great views of the Atlantic Ocean at this picturesque destination!

Key Information: FREE – food onsite – parking onsite

3. Go Tide pooling at Acadia National Park

Discover nature’s tiny wonders in the tidepools of Acadia, one of the United States national park treasures. You’ll be able to find sea stars, hermit crabs, and other marine creatures in these coastal pools.

Key Information: $30 per car or other private vehicles – check the tide times before you go – pets allowed

 

 

4. Spend a day in the Desert

Enjoy the magical playgrounds and labyrinths that can be found in the desert of Maine. Kids’ activities are plentiful, from fossil dig areas,  historical buildings, and even a mini-golf.

Key Information: $15 for the adult tickets- campgrounds to spend the night available  – Wheelchairs for sand trails are available to borrow.

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Desert of Maine park

15+ Best Things To Do in Maine with Kids

5. Discover How Lobsters Were Caught 200 Years Ago

Enjoy a cruise on a lobster boat in Boothbay Harbor, traditional-style! Climb aboard the sloop “Sarah Mead” and enjoy hauling up lobsters and learning about the rich history of this Maine tradition. 

Key Information: Private sails start at $160 for 2 hours – BYOB – no bathroom use while the boat is in motion

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6. Catch Fish & Enjoy the Water on a Kid-Friendly Fishing Charter

Fish Lips! Kids Trips are two-hour kid-friendly fishing charters that your kids will be talking about forever. The knowledgeable captains make sure to take you to where the fish are biting.

Key Information: $275 for a charter for five people maximum – bring snacks and drinks – plan for 2 hours 

 

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7. Spend a Day at the Children’s Museum + Theatre of Maine

The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine is a fun day out where kids will learn while playing. Fun, interactive exhibits and a state-of-the-art theatre make every day special for kids.

Key Information: $15 admission – highly accommodating for kids with sensory disabilities – no food onsite

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Children's Museum and Theater of Maine, Boat exhibit. Source: @Wonderswithinreach

8. Take a Ferry to Casco Bay’s Unique Islands

See the islands of Casco Bay on a ferry ride! This fun, safe boats are a great way to get around and see the sights on a day trip to the islands.

Key Information: Prices range depending on the destination – all boats ADA accessible – no food or drinks available

 

 

9. Make a Splash at Aquaboggan Water Park

Slide like a seal at the Aquaboggan Water Park! You and your family can splash, swim, slide, and play. 

Key Information: Tickets are $28 – $15 for admission on Mondays – bring sunscreen

10. Ride a Historic Steam Locomotive at Boothbay Railway Village & Museum

There are tons of things to do in Maine with kids to bring history to life! Like enjoying historical train rides, seeing vintage cars, and exploring antique buildings.

Key Information: $15 adult admission, $8 for children – admission includes second-day passes – food nearby

 

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11. Satisfy Curiosity at the Hands-On Maine Discovery Museum

Kids can explore and learn while having fun at one of Maine’s premier children’s museums. Don’t miss the story exhibit, where kids can hop into their favorite stories, like Goodnight Moon.

Key Information: $10 admission – open Wednesday-Saturday – food nearby

Historic Trolley at the Trolley museum
Historic Trolley in the Seashore Trolley Museum

12. Visit the Seashore Trolley Museum

Learning about electric railways at the Seashore Trolley Museum is one of the things to do in Maine with kids. There’s even a working trolley you can ride as much as you like while you’re there!

Key Information: $13 for adults, $6 for kids – trains are ADA accessible – restrooms onsite

 

 

13. Learn More About Maine’s Local Wildlife

At the Maine Wildlife Park, your family can meet rescued wildlife, learn about the natural history of Maine, and feed bears, deer, ground birds, waterfowl, and hatchery trout.

Key Information: $10 admission for adults, $7.50 for kids – cash only (ATM onsite) – food onsite

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14. Watch a Portland Sea Dogs Baseball Game

The Portland Sea Dogs are a minor league team that is major fun to watch. Every Sunday, kids 16 and under are invited to run the bases post-game.

Key Information: Tickets range from $14-$16 – concessions available – season starts in April

 

15. Eat a Famous Maine Clambake

Your bucket list of best things to do in Maine with kids is complete without taking part in a clambake! Enjoy the taste of fresh seafood as you share a meal as a family. 

Key Information: Menu prices vary – ask your waiter about allergies/food sensitivities – the restaurant has a kid’s menu

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