Things to Do in Portland, Maine with Kids

Family-friendly Activities and Attractions in Portland

Are you dreaming of a coastal getaway in Maine? Portland is known for delicious Maine lobsters, ocean views, and a relaxing atmosphere. Many travelers are drawn to these attractions - but some may wonder about things to do in Portland, Maine with kids. The truth is that while Portland might have a reputation as a serene escape for adults, it is also perfect for the whole family. Keep reading for some ideas on how to keep the kids happy and entertained during your Portland getaway.

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It would be easy to spend an entire vacation digging your toes into the sand on the beach, but if you're trying to keep kids entertained, there are other fun options too. One of the most popular is boat tours, including all day whale watching excursions and sailing tours, and even options for heading out to catch some of those famous Maine lobsters.

If you prefer to spend time on dry land, one of the best things to do in Portland, Maine with kids is to explore local beaches. While you get to kick back and soak up the sun, the kids will enjoy investigating a new place. Some local beaches to check out include Crescent Beach State Park , Higgins Beach , Old Orchard Beach , Scarborough Beach State Park , and Pine Point Beach .

Beyond the Beach

While Portland, Maine might be known for its beaches, there are also plenty more attractions for families. Kids will love the opportunity to visit a local amusement park, such as Funtown Splashtown USA or Palace Playland . Both of these amusement parks have rides for kids of all ages. After a day of splishing and splashing, a fun way to spend the evening is to attend a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game .

There are also many things to do in Portland, Maine with kids right in the downtown area. Here you can learn about ghosts on the Wicked Walking Tour or squeeze in a little shopping time in the Old Port Exchange . One last downtown attraction is the Portland Observatory Museum where you will find incredible scenic views.

Classic Maine

Just because you're bringing the kids along doesn't mean you can't enjoy a bit of classic Maine. Some of the most popular attractions are the historic lighthouses. While history might not enliven the kids, you can make it fun by planning a family picnic while visiting different lighthouses. A couple well-known lighthouses in the Portland area include Spring Point Ledge Light and Portland Breakwater Light .

If all else fails, take the kids on a trolley tour of downtown Portland. What kids can resist climbing aboard an old-fashioned trolley for a scenic cruise? Also keep in mind that your Portland vacation rental will be a source of entertainment for the kids. With all the space and convenience of an oceanfront rental, you can plan things like family barbeques or game night in the comfort of your own living room.

A trip to Maine is also an opportunity to help your kids expand their horizons. After that boat ride where you catch some fresh Maine lobsters, why not cook them back at your vacation rental and include the kids in the process? If you would prefer, there are also many restaurants in Portland that will cook your catch for you. Between the great outdoors and local attractions, you will discover that Portland is about much more than just a relaxing atmosphere.

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