There are lots of reasons why a trip to Maine is always a good idea. The views are stunning, fun water activities abound, the wildlife is abundant and the seafood is just delicious, particularly the lobster. While you don’t really have to be any age to enjoy what Maine has to offer, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s a really great destination for families with young children. In fact, there are a number of activities you should try to do with your kids in Maine before they get too old and too cool to really enjoy them.
Go on a hiking adventure
Mount Agamenticus, located in southern Maine, rewards you with gorgeous territory that includes beautiful ocean views and pristine wooded landscapes. With moderate trails at both the base and the summit, these are the kinds of hiking experiences that you can enjoy even with little ones in tow. Just make sure you take out the appropriate family travel insurance to be on the safe side.
The Wintergreen Trail, named after a common ground-floor plant, is a relatively easy slope trail at the base of the mountain. The temperature along this trail remains nice and cool, as the walk takes you through a fair bit of shade. The easiest of the summit trails is The Fisher Trail. At just a quarter of a mile, it only takes around 10-15 minutes to get there and then the same amount of time to get back, leading you through a very pretty hemlock forest.
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See some wildlife
For anyone who doesn’t know very much about Maine, it may come as a pleasant surprise to hear that whale watching is a really popular activity in the region. Kennebunk, a locality situated just a little way up from York, is a really great place from which to spot these incredible sea creatures out in the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Giant swordfish and playful dolphins can also be spotted regularly in these waters. For the best chance of seeing the whales, travel to Maine in the second or third week of April, which is when these beautiful sea beasts descend upon Maine’s shores in search of food.
Hit the beach
Ogunquit is an excellent seaside town for the whole family. The beaches are stunning and the sandbars make the ocean waves super child-friendly. There’s a great variety of family-orientated restaurants and snack bars situated all along the seafront, which makes it easier to spend an entire day at the beach without having to worry about running out of essential supplies. You should also definitely make the most of a trip to the beach by getting your kids to try the range of yummy local seafood on offer. The clams from Ogunquit are particularly tasty.
One last reason to take small children to Ogunquit is that you can travel around the entire town by tram, which means you can leave the car at home, save on petrol and parking expenses and enjoy a glass of wine or two each evening at dinner.
Play in the snow
If you’ve been thinking about your next Christmas adventure, rest assured that Maine won’t let you down. Winter activities, like snowshoeing in these parts is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the snow, and also one of the safest when traveling with small children. Just strap on their snowshoes and hit one of the trails.
There are lots of public trails to enjoy in Maine, which are free of charge, but there’s also a solid range of privately-owned trails for which you sometimes have to pay a fee to enjoy. Maine’s Land Trust Network of Trails is one resource that can come in handy. The pristine views and serene landscapes of Maine’s State Parks offer even more alternatives.
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On a final note, don’t miss out on taking the kids to the annual tree lighting ceremony at Monument Square in Portland. They’ll be able to enjoy a plethora of Christmas music, ride the festive sleighs, drink hot cocoa and catch sight of Santa all in one evening. Not bad, right?