Let our woods, mountains, and water become the most incredible and fun, natural playground for your kids. So let them loose, and allow yourself to have fun too. They’ll love clambering up hiking trails—spotting wildlife, listening for woodpeckers, and sampling tasty berries growing wild along the way. With so many parks and public lands to explore, a picnic is must, too. Or climb to the top of one of our waterfalls among our many mountains. Once at the top, call out to an echo friend on a neighboring peak.
Don’t forget your watersports gear! We include “lakes” in our name for a good reason. From countless beaches and hidden spots to swimming holes and waterfalls, this place was meant for swimming and splashing about. Or you can rent kayaks and canoes for paddling up the Songo River, passing through the hand-operated Songo Locks. Tubing on the Saco is fun, too. Fishing is another great way for families to connect, whether it’s a lazy summer day or while on the hunt for a derby prize in the winter.
Camp-outs and rustic resorts are family favorites. There’s nothing like sharing stories around a cozy campfire. Add in toasted marshmallows and a game of cards by flashlight to make for great digital downtime.
Here are a few other great family activities: Check out the olde-time Bridgton Drive-in or Celebration Barn in South Paris, play paintball at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, go rock-hounding and caving in Oxford and try snowboarding or dog-sledding when winter turns cold and snowy.