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A Guide to Vacationland- Outdoor Activities in Maine for Kids and Adults

Updated on June 2, 2012

Maine Lobster

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Moose

DO NOT approach them. Moose are fierce!
DO NOT approach them. Moose are fierce! | Source

Where to Go in Maine

Maine is known for its calm bodies of water, wonderful camping and hiking, great fishing, and amazing seafood.

Even growing up here hasn't made me appreciate Maine's beauty any less. Maine's nature is full of wonder and amazement. My favorite thing to do is adventure in Maine, and I still haven't seen everything it has to offer.

Fun Facts About Maine

  • Mount Katahdin is the state's highest point. (at over 5k feet above sea level)
  • Augusta is the most eastern capital city in the US.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (poet) was born in Portland, Maine.
  • Freeport, Maine is home to L.L.Bean
  • Maine lies farther Northeast than any other state.
  • The Maine state bird is the chickadee
  • The Maine state insect is the honeybee.

Puffins

Puffins can be found at beaches and on coasts. They are so adorable in person.
Puffins can be found at beaches and on coasts. They are so adorable in person. | Source

Black Bears

If you approach one, consider laying flat and playing dead. They're really not as bad as you may think, though. Beware of them during hiking.
If you approach one, consider laying flat and playing dead. They're really not as bad as you may think, though. Beware of them during hiking. | Source

Bald Eagles

Still rare, but Maine has them!
Still rare, but Maine has them! | Source

Activities and Adventures for Families

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A markerMaine Wildlife Park -
56 Game Farm Rd, Gray, ME 04039, USA
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Formally known as the Gray Animal Farm. My favorite place as a child and to bring my children now. http://www.maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark/

B markerPeak's Island, Maine -
Peaks Island, Portland, ME 04108, USA
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http://www.cascobaylines.com/islands/peaks_island.htm

C markerPortland Head Light -
1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
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A must see in Maine! http://www.portlandheadlight.com/

D markerAcadia National Park -
Acadia National Park, 109 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
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http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

E markerMount Apatite -
Mt Apatite, Auburn, ME 04210, USA
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A hike with awesome rocks and minerals!

F markerBaxter State Park -
Baxter State Park, 64 Balsam Dr, Millinocket, ME 04462, USA
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http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/

Most Popular Fairs in Maine

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A markerFryeburg Fair (September 30-October 7) -
Fryeburg, ME, USA
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http://www.fryeburgfair.com/

B markerCumberland Fair (August 11-14) -
197 Blanchard Rd, Cumberland, ME 04021, USA
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Parking free in 2012! http://www.cumberlandfair.com/

C markerSkowhegan State Fair (August 9-18) -
Skowhegan, ME, USA
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http://www.skowheganstatefair.com/

D markerCommon Ground Fair (September 21-23) -
294 Crosby Brook Rd, Unity, ME 04988, USA
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All about organic, natural health. http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/tabid/135/Default.aspx

Most Popular Festivals in Maine

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A markerMoxie Festival -
Lisbon Falls, Lisbon, ME, USA
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Try the ice cream! Trust me! http://www.moxiefestival.com/

B markerMaine Brewer's Festival -
239 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04102, USA
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http://www.facebook.com/MaineBrewersFestival

C markerYarmouth Clam Festival -
Yarmouth, ME, USA
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http://www.clamfestival.com/home.php

D markerGreat Falls Balloon Festival -
Auburn, ME, USA
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http://www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org/

Most Popular Beaches in Maine

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A markerOld Orchard Beach Maine -
Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA
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B markerPopham Beach Maine -
Popham Beach, Phippsburg, ME 04562, USA
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C markerYork Beach Maine -
York Beach, Cape Neddick, ME 03909, USA
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      Heather Henley 5 years ago from Buckfield, Maine

      Thanks! Growing up in Maine has been a lot of fun :)

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      James Paterson 5 years ago from Scotland

      Nice hub and pics, thanks for sharing.....jimmy

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      I had heard that Maine's seafood is absolutely wonderful! Something I would love to try some day. I didn't realize there were so many things to do in Maine, especially nature related. The maps were really neat, you can actually see the location of the places you are talking about, great idea. Voted up!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      You are welcome

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      Heather Henley 5 years ago from Buckfield, Maine

      Thanks!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Great Hub! Beautiful pic and wonderful ideas. Voted up for awesome.