Children’s Activities, Amusement Parks, Etc
York’s Wild Kingdom — 23 Railroad Ave York, ME 03909 (207) 363-4911
York’s Wild Kingdom is a family-oriented zoo and amusement park centrally located in York Beach, Maine. Surrounded by beautiful forest and natural wetlands, the zoo is situated on 25 acres that have been set aside for the preservation of ecology. The amusement park sits adjacent to the quaint shops and restaurants for which downtown York is famous. With 75 beautifully landscaped animal exhibits, 18 rides for all ages, five food and ice cream stands, and two gift shops, visitors of all ages will enjoy an entire day of fun.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire — 6 Washington Street in Dover, NH (603) 742-2002
The museum offers two levels of hands-on, custom-created exhibits for children ages 1-12. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music, and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the museum hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families.
Desert of Maine — 95 Desert Road, Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-6962
See living tress half covered in sand. Peruse the various nature trails and see wild flowers, mushrooms, wild blueberries and so much more! The Desert also offers narrated coach tours, walking tours, sand designing, gift shop, and the Tuttle Family Barn Museum. Open 7 days a week starting in early May through mid-October.
Geocaching — Located everywhere!
Join the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,409,511 active geocaches – treasures hidden in plain sight – and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. The game is fun for most ages and can be played using electronic GPS devices, or, practice your map reading longitude and latitude skills and head out on the hunt the old fashioned way. Check out geocaching on the web for more information and to get started today. Look fast, there could be a cache mere feet from you right now!
Granite State Whale Watch — 1860 Ocean Blvd (Rte 1A), Rye, NH 03870 (603) 964-5545
Professional whale biologists with field research experience lead and narrate each trip. It’s always 10* – 20* cooler out on the ocean – warm clothes are highly recommended. How many different varieties of whales can YOU and your family spot?
Maine Indoor Karting — 23 Washington Ave., Scarborough, ME (888) 246-5278
Hours of operation vary; please see website for up-to-date schedule. Call ahead for reservations. All persons under the age of 18 MUST have a parental consent form signed before being allowed to kart.
Morning Flight Charters — Port Harbor Marine, 1 Spring Point Dr, South Portland, ME 04106 (207) 767-3254 or (207)671-6951
Experience off-shore fishing for Stripers, Blues, Cod, Haddock, Shark and “Football” Tuna. Half and full day fishing trips are available. Fishing fun for the whole family! Email Capt. Dave Paul or call for more information and to book your charter today!
Rachael Carson National Wildlife Reserve — Route 9, Wells. 207-646-9226.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast. A one-mile trail (wheelchair accessible) presents both the broad view of the wetlands and a closer up view of the water and wildlife. This a fun and interesting place to visit.
Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park — Rye, NH. (603) 436-8043
Odiorne Point is open daily year-round. Picnickers can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and explorers can uncover evidence of past military occupation. An extensive network of trails, including a paved bike path, wind through the dense vegetation and traverse the park.
Located within Odiorne Point State Park is the Seacoast Science Center, which features exhibits relating to the natural and human history of Odiorne and the seacoast area. Visitors are welcome to touch and learn about tide pool animals in the indoor touch tank, watch deep ocean fish swim in the one thousand-gallon Gulf of Maine tank, and follow nearly four centuries of local history on a walk through time.
Schooner Eleanor — 43 Ocean Ave, Arundel Wharf Restaurant, Arundel, ME (207) 967-8809
Book your family’s 2 hour sailing trips aboard a traditional Gaff Rigged 55’ schooner. Tour the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise and learn a little local history. Guests can help work the sails or just sit back and enjoy the fresh, sea air.
Seashore Trolley Museum — 195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennenbunkport, ME (207) 967-2800
Open daily rain or shine (10am – 5pm) Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Museum offers exhibits for all ages and has grown into the largest electric railway museum in the world with a collection representing almost every major American city that had a streetcar system.
Take Flight – Maine’s Largest High Ropes Course — 506 Blue Star Memorial Highway, Kittery, ME (207) 439-8838 www.takeflightadv.com Swing, climb, and more at this high rope, total-fun adventure spot. Course passes grant adventurers 2.5 hrs on the course. “Preflight” instruction and safety guidelines are offered before each new escapade. Staff “Buddies” are available for persons desiring or needing extra assistance.
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve At Laudholm — 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells. (207) 646-1555
It is 2,250 acres of protected land, a restored saltwater farm called Laudholm, and a natural haven. Seven miles of walking trails lead to salt water marsh and bird sanctuaries. Guided nature walks offer insights to this National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Amusements Parks, etc.
Wonder Mountain Fun Park — Route 1, Moody, (207) 646-9655.
Two 18-hole mini golf courses, Electric Reef Fun Center (with lots of games), and the Treasure Trap Human Maze.
Funtown/Splashtown — RT 1, Saco (207) 284-5139
At Funtown USA, fun comes in all shapes and sizes. The park is the home of Maine’s only wooden roller coaster Excalibur, Northern New England’s largest vertical thrill ride Dragon’s Descent, New England’s longest and tallest log flume ride Thunder Falls, Maine’s largest steel-family coaster, the Wild Mouse, and a large collection of family and kiddie rides. The huge selection of games, shops, and family fun activities provides something for everyone.
Splashtown USA, the water park located at Funtown Splashtown USA is available for your refreshing pleasure. In Splashtown USA you will find the latest in water park technology.
Palace Playland — Old Orchard Beach (207) 934-2001
Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine is New England’s only beach front amusement park. We offer rides and amusements for the young and the thrill seeker. Our rides include a classic Ferris wheel, carousel, two roller coasters, and other thrill rides, including Adrenalin and Power Surge! Have a smaller child? They have over a dozen rides in Kiddie Land. Challenge yourself on the hottest new video games and arcade classics in Maine’s largest arcade and win fantastic prizes!
Blowing Cave — Walker’s Point, Kennebunkport
There’s a small cave in Kennebunkport where an opening in the rocks spouts water up to 30 feet into the air just before high tide. The water enters a small cave below and is forced out the hole in the back—just like a whale blowing out water.