Things to Do in Bar Harbor with Kids

Family-friendly Bar Harbor Getaways

Maine might be known for its historic lighthouses and serene beaches, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of family fun to be had as well. From whale watching tours to fishing expeditions, cooking fresh Maine lobsters to hiking in Acadia National Park, there are many things to do in Bar Harbor with kids. A trip to Bar Harbor, Maine will have you wondering why you ever planned a beach vacation anywhere else when you could be seeing incredible wildlife and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of this stretch of coastline.

bar harbor boating with kidsOutdoor Adventure

If you have the type of family that loves outdoor adventure, a trip to Maine will be the perfect fit for you. Some of the best things to do in Bar Harbor with kids have a real adventurous flair including kayaking along the coastline, rock climbing, touring nature on Oli's Trolley , and deep sea fishing. From options for enjoying the water to family picnics and hikes in Acadia National Park , every day of your vacation can be spent on a different activity. Aquaterra Adventures , in particular, specializes in boat tours for kids.

A trip to Maine is also an opportunity to learn new skills. A fun one for families is sailing. You can sign up for an all-day sailing lesson, and by the afternoon, your kids will be in charge of the boat. More options for adrenaline-inducing days are cycling tours and swimming in the lakes. By the end of the day, your kids will definitely have used up all their energy.

The Relaxed Side of Maine

Just because you're planning a family adventure doesn't mean that every minute needs to be packed with activities. The best vacations also include some down time, and in Maine, there are many fun ways to accomplish this. One of the best is to sit down and eat the local delicacy: Maine lobsters. Popular restaurants that warmly welcome kiddos include Thurston’s Lobster Pound . You can take this one step further and head out on a kids-oriented boat tour where captains will teach kids how lobsters are caught.

Another food-centered activity is picking blueberries. Don't be surprised to see this fruit used in many creative ways during your trip to Maine; the state is chock full of blueberries. Bringing your kids on this type of excursion will be fun and delicious too. Maine is also known for its historic lighthouses. Parents will love this activity for the views and the romance, while kids will love scampering around on the coastal rocks at the base of the lighthouse.

bar harbor mini golfMore Kid-friendly Attractions

A trip to Maine will be all about simple pleasures. While there is a long list of activities to enjoy, don't neglect the simple stuff in favor of another whale watching tour. Time spent on the beach building a sand castle, flying a kite, or tossing a Frisbee might just be some of the best memories you make during a trip to Maine.

There's also great attractions the little ones will love, like Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf, the Natural History Center , and Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

When it comes to things to do in Bar Harbor with kids, don't forget about your Bar Harbor vacation rental. While a hotel room doesn't have the space or comfort for a night at "home," a vacation rental offers all this and more. You can plan a family barbecue, a lobster feast, or a game night in the comfort of your own living room. Be sure to bring along some extra entertainment such as board games, a deck of cards, or even just a favorite family DVD.

Whether you spend your days kayaking or sunbathing there are options for every type of family in Bar Harbor. After a vacation spent playing mini golf, visiting the theater, and enjoying the entertainment of Bar Harbor at night, don't be surprised if your kids ask to return again next year.

Kid-friendly Rentals in Bar Harbor

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