My kids are counting down the days until the end of the school year.  June 17th is the big day for us!  I'm already racking my brain on new and exciting things to do with them while they are on vacation.  Of course, the obvious, going to the beach and Funtown Splashtown are on the bucket list...but there's got to be more to do in Maine than that.  Well, there is!  Add these great locations and fun activities to your summer itinerary. 

According to Wicked Good Maine, here are some fun things to do with your kids this summer:

  1. Maine Wildlife Park in Gray:  The Park doubles as the state's wildlife rehabilitation program and as an educational facility encouraging public awareness of Maine's wildlife. Moose, lynx, white-tailed Deer, bears, bald eagles and bobcats are only a few of the animals visitors will see at the Maine Wildlife Park. Picnic areas, nature trails and summer programs are included in the fun.
  2. Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport:  Wolfe's Neck Farm, just outside Freeport, Maine raises natural beef on 600 acres of saltwater farmland. The animals are given no growth hormones, antibiotics or animal by-products. The coastal Maine farm offers educational programs about preserving the environment and farming.
  3. Go digging for clams: Digging for clams is a Maine tradition where clam diggers wait until the tide goes out and then venture out onto the muddy bottom of a cove or bay to dig just under the surface and find fresh, juicy clams. All along the coast, children of all ages will enjoy letting the mud ooze between their toes, and finding a plethora of clams that can be cooked for dinner!
  4. Visit Lighthouses: Maine is known for its rocky coast, clear Atlantic waters, and the lighthouses that keep the shore safe for fisherman and sailors. Lighthouses are the beacons which stand on the edge of the dangerous rocks, sending out their safety signals during storms, fog, and in the dark of night.
  5. Go to a Portland Seadogs game: The Portland Sea Dogs are the Double-A minor-league baseball team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. They play in the Eastern League and their home stadium is Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine. Take the family to a Sea Dogs game this summer and see what Maine baseball is all about
  6. Go whale watching: Take the entire family on a boat ride off the coast of Maine to catch a glimpse of the giants of the deep. While out on the boat, learn about migration, what whales eat, and what is the best time of year to see them. Children and adults will love the ride, the Maine seabreeze, and the beautiful whales.
  7. Go to a Maine fair: Agricultural fairs are an important part of Maine culture. Take the children to one of the many fairs around the state (there is one just about every week of the summer) and learn about local farming, Maine school children, community groups, and politics. See what people have made with their hands or from their gardens, enjoy amusement park rides and games, and of course, visit the animals! The whole family will enjoy a day at a Maine fair.
  8. York's Wild KingdomYork's Wild Kingdom is a combination zoo and amusement park. With exotic animals from around the world, the park is recognized for its rare species and knowledgeable curators. They offer a variety of family rides, paddle boats, an 18 hole miniature golf course, a petting zoo, scenic picnic grounds and even a Haunted House.
  9. Maine's Narrow Guage Railroad Company:  Take a trip back in time at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum! The whole family will enjoy magnificent views of Portland's working waterfront aboard antique rail cars pulled by hard-working steam and diesel locomotives. Discover the unique two-foot gauge trains that linked rural Maine to the rest of the world.
  10. Visit the State's CapitolLearn about the Maine State Government when you take the children to visit the Maine State House. Built in the early 1800s, much of the original building was destroyed, but much has been preserved. The Governor's offices are on the second floor as well as the Hall of Flags and the extensive Law Library. At either end of the third floor are the Maine House of Representatives and Senate Chambers.

And one of my favorites, if you haven't been already:

The Boothbay Railway Village