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Friday, August 14, 2015

Maine summer adventures

Summer... such a great time of year to have adventures with the family, explore and enjoy our great state of Maine. We are SO lucky to live here! There is SO much to do in Maine!

I made it our mission this summer to explore new parts of Maine that we had not been to as often. Boothbay area was #1 on my list and boy was it beautiful! You have to visit that area. There are so many more places I'd love to visit and not enough summer days to get there! So I created this list so I won't forget all the fun ideas we had and so we can plan more adventures next summer.

Hope you find this list helpful! Thanks to the moms in the Mommy Stories Facebook group who helped me come up with more ideas.

If you have more MAINE FUN ideas, please message me!

HAVE FUN!



BANGOR AREA
  • Discovery Children's Museum 
  • Orono Bog Walk
  • UMaine Farm
BAR HARBOR
  • Acadia National Park
  • lobster and seal trip by Bar Harbor Whale Watch
BOOTHBAY
  • Coastal Botanical Gardens
  • Popham Beach
  • Reid State Park
  • Maine State Aquarium
  • Puffin and Whale Watch boat rides in Boothbay Harbor 
KENNEBUNK
  • Beaches
  • Kennebunk Trolley Museum (two evenings a week in the summer they do sunset rides with ice cream!)
  • Kennebunkport Conservation Land Trust
KITTERY 
  • Fort Foster - beach, playground, picnic tables 
  • Fort McClary - fun place to climb and walk around, picnic, playground across the street 
  • Tractor Festival in Eliot - last weekend in July 
SACO
  • Saco Drive In
  • Funtown
  • Aquaboggan
  • The Yard indoor playground (Biddeford, right next to Saco)
  • Palace Playland arcade, amusement park rides, boardwalk, Old Orchard Beach, food, etc. 
PORTLAND AREA
  • Scarborough Beach State Park
  • Portland Head Light
  • Railway Museum in Portland
  • Smiling Hill Farm
  • Peaks Island
  • Portland Children's Museum
  • Desert of Maine in Freeport
  • Fort Williams in Portland
  • USM Planeterium 
  • Yarmouth, Bickford Collection of old trucks on Main St
  • Yarmouth Clam Festival - July
  • Portland waterfront to see the big ships when they come in
  • Greenlight Studio 
  • Sea Dogs baseball game
ROCKLAND
  • Lobster Festival - first weekend in August 
  • Breakwater Lighthouse
WELLS & OGUNQUIT
  • mini golf
  • trolley ride
  • Ogunquit Beach
  • Wells Beach
  • Drakes Island Beach
  • Footbridge Beach
  • Scoop Deck ice cream
  • Wells Harbor Playground
  • Wells Library Story Hour Wednesday mornings outside at Wells Harbor gazebo
  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms - field, hike, picnic, beach
  • Ogunquit Playhouse - kids' theater offers plays performed by children at $13 a ticket!
  • Perkins Cove breakwater walk
YORK
  • York's Wild Kingdom Zoo and Amusement Park
  • Penny candy and homemade ice cream, homemade salt water taffy (and great lunch/dinner) at the Goldenrod Restaurant 
  • Fun-O-Rama skeeball and other arcade games 
  • Short Sands Beach - has playground, food, bathrooms, etc.
  • Long Sands Beach
  • Cape Neddick Beach
  • Harbor Beach
  • Wiggley Bridge 
  • Mt. Agamenticus for a hike, picnic, nature walk
OTHER AREAS
  • Berwick's Strawberry Festival in May/June
  • strawberry and blueberry picking
  • Belgrade Lakes
  • Fort Knox with Swan Lake State Park nearby with playground and beach
  • Open Farm Sunday (last Sunday in July)
  • Playground hopping... keep going to various playgrounds in one day
  • Acton Fair in August
  • Union Fair
  • Hot Air Balloon Festival in Lewiston/Auburn
  • Pineland Farms
  • camping in Rangeley area
  • Sebago Lake
  • Gray Animal Farm
  • Topsham Fair (second week in August?)

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