Family Fun with Kids in Ogunquit
Ahh, the family vacation! Whether that brings to mind the Griswold’s station wagon or mini-vans of your childhood – you can plan the ultimate family trip to Ogunquit. Highlights will include actual time spent outdoors and memories worth sharing on Instagram, Facebook or whatever your kids said they use today. Ogunquit is a town that is truly a family destination.
Here are our top five things to do with kids in Ogunquit
Often called the best beach in New England, there are endless possibilities that come with over three miles of sand. You can have a mean volleyball tournament, build sandcastles, fly kites, or the ultimate Frisbee game. Or maybe just sit and watch the tide roll in since Ogunquit Beach is famous for its beauty. And no need to pack lots of beach gear – Our friends at Ogunquit Beach ‘n’ Sport have beach equipment such as chairs, coolers, and boogie boards available to rent.
Sure a day at the beach is nice, but there is way more to being at the ocean. Check out the beautiful sights of the Southern Maine – like Bald Head Cliff and the Nubble Light – from a FinestKind cruise. One of the best adventures for kids is a lobstering tour. You’ll departed from Perkins Cove on an authentic lobster boat and help a real Maine lobsterman haul in lobster pots while learning about the history and process of lobster fishing. You’ll also be steps away from Barnacle Billy’s and the Lobster Shack – you know, to try some of the product when back on land.
Museums, Rides & A Zoo
A vacation is certainly about relaxing and creating memories together, no question. But that doesn’t mean a little learning can’t sneak in. It’s like chocolate covered veggies but way better to visit Ogunquit’s Museums and York Wild Kingdom. With the amazing kid’s programs at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, your little ones can explore the gardens and meet the seal sculpture. At the Ogunquit Heritage Museum, they’ll discover a replica lobstering shack and artifacts of sea faring. And in York, the Wild Kingdom Zoo showcases the animals but also has wonderful rides for hours of fun.
Take to the Sea – Or River
Wanna have your kid have the best vacation story in class? That’s easy. Check out Ogunquit’s surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. These outdoor family activities can be done year round – the locals surf and paddle any day with waves. Head on up to Liquid Dreams in Ogunquit to be outfitted and take a lesson. Or if you already have your balance, rent the gear and get going up the Ogunquit River to check out the bird life and tidal marsh.
A Farmer’s Life
Did you know Maine is one of the most agricultural states in the US? With blueberries, potatoes and more, it’s easy to understand why Maine has such delicious food (you did get a lobster roll, right?). Take the little ones to Laudholm Farm, Beach Plum Farm or the Hilton Winn Farm to learn more about how farming is taking place. It’s a great way to explore and learn the importance of food sourcing. Plus, it comes with fresh air and the biggest ‘screen’ there is – open sky.
Still not sure about things to do with the kids in Ogunquit?
Add a little extra fun with a hike at Mt. Agamenticus or a drive to the top to see the sights. Ogunquit from this view is absolutely charming. Be sure to bring your camera. There really is nothing as refreshing as the crisp Maine air, making it perfect for enjoying the outdoors or walking by the sea.
If you’re thinking of visiting our Ogunquit hotel for your family trip, to enjoy a cocktail in the pub by the fireplace or to head to Maine for family fun, check out our specials and great hotel rooms choices with a central location.