Kid-Friendly Maine Day Trips

6 Kid-Friendly Trips, Maine

Our May issue includes an oversized guide to Maine’s busiest season, so everyone can pick and plan their perfect summer itinerary. Keep the kids entertained with these six kid-friendly day trips.

By Caroline Praderio
Photographed by Erin Little

Boothbay Railway Village

Hop aboard an authentic steam locomotive for rides all summer long. June 20 is Family Fun Day, when kids under 18 get in free for a full day of programming, including a scavenger hunt, storytelling, and rides in an antique fire truck. Open weekends only through June 14 and daily from June 14–October 12. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10. 586 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay. 207-633-4727. railwayvillage.org

Maine Discovery Museum

Interactive exhibits on art, the science of sound, dinosaurs, children’s books, the human body, and more. $7.50. 74 Main St., Bangor, 207-262-7200. mainediscoverymuseum.org

Maine Wildlife Park

This state-run park offers up-close views of 30 different native Maine species, from wily opossums to a stately mountain lion. Come prepared with quarters: Kids can use them to buy handfuls of feed for deer, bears, and some birds. Open daily through mid-November. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $5–$7. 56 Game Farm Rd., Gray. 207-657-4977. maine.gov/ifw

Mount Desert Oceanarium

Great for kids who won’t mind rolling up their sleeves and getting friendly with live lobster. It’s right on the free Island Explorer shuttle bus route too, making it easy to catch a ride to downtown Bar Harbor for ice cream and a stroll along the famous Shore Path. Open Monday–Saturday through mid-October. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1351 Rte. 3, Bar Harbor. 207-288-5005. theoceanarium.com

Pemaquid Point

Visitors of all ages can explore the lighthouse, fort, and Fishermen’s Museum at Pemaquid Point. Finish the day on the smooth white sand at nearby Pemaquid Beach. $2–$4. 3115 Bristol Rd., Pemaquid. 207-677-2492 bristolparks.org/lighthouse

Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Visit with farm animals, rent bikes for a family ride, or hit the water for a kayak paddle through Casco Bay. During summer, the farm snack shack serves Gifford’s ice cream daily and steamed local lobster on Saturday nights. 184 Burnett Rd., Freeport. 207-869-5433. wolfesneckfarm.org


Cover 15.05.inddGet the whole list of 137 Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever, including 3 Restaurants Worth Waiting All Winter For, 3 Incredible State Parks You Haven’t Visited Yet, 4 Secret Beaches, 6 Kid-Friendly Trips, and much more, in our May 2015 issue.


Caroline Praderio

Caroline Praderio is a former Down East assistant editor.