Another summer is coming up and living in Maine certainly has its perks; after all it is called Vacationland. We love living in Maine and exploring all that this state has to offer in regards to Maine activities to do with kids. These activities can range from free to on the more expensive side so I have compiled a list of my favorite activities to do with kids this summer in Maine whether you live here or visiting.
Maine Activities for Kids this Summer
Fort Williams Park
The only thing that you have to pay for here is the parking but there are so many different areas to explore. with kids. You can spend a long day here, pack a lunch and have a picnic or hit up the food trucks that are often parked on the grounds.
A fun trail to take on in Harpswell with your kids. By the end there is an overlook to take in the views. Other free places to check out in Harpswell is Stover’s Point Perseve and the Giant Stairs.
Located in Phippsburg, it’s one of my favorite hikes to do with my kids. In fact, my husband and I got engaged on this trail. At the end, there is a large beach area that you can hang out on. It’s a fairly long hike in, but the end is definitely worth the trip.
If you are going to the State Park, there is a fee but it is minimal so if you are looking for a nice beach to spend time on, head to Phippsburg. At the end of the road though is Fort Popham which offers free parking (limited) and access to the beach.
There are many splash pads throughout the Portland area. There are mixed reviews on them because there is a high homeless population in the area but if you head there during the day you should be fine, You can check out more information about them HERE and determine which one is the best for your family.
Playgrounds are a great way to spend a few hours with the kids. You can find so many local to you.
Summer sunsets at Thompson’s Point
Thompson’s Point hosts Summer Sunsets Live this year that run on select Thursdays and Fridays starting May 12th. They offer live music, food trucks and is completely free to get into.
Now I am not a huge fan of camping, except for when. it involves a flushing toilet and a bed. So yes, my idea of camping is in a cabin but if you are into that type of thing then Maine has so many amazing campgrounds to check out for family friendly camping.
Maine is also a great place for beaches and you can find some amazing. spots. to spend the day. Many have entrance/parking fees to get into. For a full list of Maine beaches and to find one close to you head HERE.
Sea Dogs game
A fun way to spend an afternoon or evening with the kids checking out a baseball game. Find their full schedule HERE.
One of mine and my children’s favorite spots to visit in the summer. A small beach area that is located in Poland, Maine. It offers a roped off swimming area as well as a place to launch kayaks and paddle boards or rent them to enjoy the larger area of the pond. It can get busy quickly so make sure to get there early.
Maine Wildlife Park
Located in Gray, this wildlife park has so many fun animals to check out. We have visited once before and are due back for any third visit soon! Last time I heard, they only take cash so plan accordingly. Find out more information HERE.
Another animal sanctuary but this one is located in Mount Vernon. You can see different types of rescue animals from lions and tigers to bears and deer. It’s definitely a fun place to check out with the kids. Learn more HERE.
Located in New Gloucester, this 5,000 acre working farm offers large open areas, hiking trails and events throughout the year. Exploring the grounds is free with some events costing a little bit of money. There is also a marketplace area where you can order food and get drinks. Learn more about Pineland Farms HERE.
Old Orchard Beach
A fun beach to visit with the kids. You will most likely have to pay for parking which is why I am categorizing this under Inexpensive. There is a pier to visit, a little amusement park, food and gift shops. Definitely worth a check out if you are in the area for the summer.
Head out to Peaks Island by catching the ferry in Portland. Once there you can get around by renting a golf cart which will allow you to explore all the things that island has to offer. I will be honest, there isn’t much to see there but it is a fun day trip for you and your kids. For any other questions head HERE.
Another fun splurge for the summer. If you are local to the area, it is better to get a season’s pass but for us, it’s easier to just go for one day.
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
The children’s museum in Portland is an amazing place to visit on those rainy summer days. So keep it in mind as a place to visit this summer.
Acadia National Park
This can get pricey but it is a must visit with kids during the season. We tend to go off season but summer would be absolutely beautiful. Check out my other post on favorite kid friendly hikes in Acadia National Park and start planning your trip as soon as possible!
There are so many family friendly resorts around the area that you can have a staycation at. I’m putting this under splurge because summer is definitely prime time to visit these places in Maine. Some of our favorite include: The Samoset, Sebasco Harbor Resort and Nonantum Resort.
If you are a fellow Mainer or visit often what else should I add to my list? Any other fun Maine activities or places to visit with your family this summer? Let me know in the comments!