Having vacationed in Maine for many years, we have found many enjoyable field trips for our young folks. Be aware the many of the historical buildings depend on volunteers to open them up and give tours, and so do not depend on a site being open. Best to phone first and see if someone can open it up and show it to you. The places listed below are generally open except in the worse weather. If you come to see the autumn leaves, check this calendar of peak foliage dates. Rule of thumb: about Columbus Day, mid-October.
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Acadia National Park
While the photos here make it appear to be a very wild landscape, this is probably the most congested national park I’ve ever been to. Finding a place to park so you can take a hike may be impossible or a matter of luck.
The Children’s Museum of Maine
Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families.
142 Free Street
Portland, ME 04101
Haunted History Tours
Join us for lantern-lit walks exploring the mysterious haunts and untold history of Camden, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor, Bath, Hallowell and Rockland. You’re invited to explore the “other side” of these midcoast Maine towns for walking tours of ghostly haunts and the history behind them led by the mysterious “Lady in the Red Cloak”. Buildings that once seemed ordinary will take on eerie new dimensions as the “Lady in the Red Cloak” relives their history, and that of the ghosts that are said to still reside in these haunts. Scheduled June through October.
Herring Gut Learning Center
A non-profit marine education and resource center located in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine. We teach marine science, aquaculture, geology, and coastal ecology to students of all ages through a variety of hands-on school-based, community outreach and summer camp programs.
59 Factory Road
Port Clyde ME 04855
Maine Maritime Museum
From watercraft and lobstering, to shipbuilding and sea trade, you’ll hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands, see how a shipbuilder’s family lived in the 1890s, smell the sawdust from historic ship timbers, and discover the wonders and mysteries of Maine’s maritime culture.
243 Washington Street
Bath, Maine 04530
Maine State Aquarium
The aquarium features extraordinary lobsters of all sizes and colors. Our giants (up to 23 lbs!) like to show off their mammoth claws. Colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and purple sunstars, can be seen in the “Downeast” tank. Visitors will be entertained by the behaviors of live northern shrimp and the appearance of bottom-dwelling fish. Marine Life educational resources.
194 McKown Point Road
West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575
Mount Desert Island
You can rent kayaks, sailboats, and motorboats, with lessons and tours also available. Mount Desert Island museums might deepen your child’s interest in a subject or introduce something new. Known as the “Quietside,” it is away from the touristy side of Acadia, and at the pace you probably expected to find in Maine.
The Park Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark
We have free wifi, public computers, a flatscreen TV with Netflix, couches for seating, free board games, and free magazines for the taking. The Park is the largest indoor skatepark in Maine that offers more than 5,000 square feet to skateboarders, in-line skaters, BMX bikers* and scooterers*.
4 Old Brunswick Road
Bath, Maine 04530
Educational and entertaining shows for adults and children.
We are open to the public for Friday and Saturday evening shows and Saturday matinees.
70 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04104-9300