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How to Plan the Best Maine Day Trips for Kids

maine day trips for kids

When you’re on a vacation with kids, it’s always a good idea to plan a day trip to keep things interesting. Here in southern Maine, that may mean making a trip north or into New Hampshire. No matter what you choose, the best Maine day trips for kids are at your fingertips with our suggestions! From whale watching to hiking to museums, you and your kids will make great family memories. Here’s how to plan the best Maine day trips for kids!

Whether you’re looking for the best things to do in and around York or for a great day trip idea, the staff here at Dockside Guest Quarters have the best ideas, just for you! Our expertise comes from being locals, ourselves. We’re confident that, whatever you choose, you’re going to make great memories during your visit!

The Best Ideas for Maine Day Trips for Kids

There’s endless adventure in Maine for kids to enjoy! No matter what you choose from this list, they’ll take home memories they’ll remember when they’re grown. Here are our recommendations!

Museums and History

New England is one of the most historically significant regions in America, offering intriguing history from colonial times. In York, Old York and the local galleries and museums are always a great option. But, for a day trip, the Strawbery Banke Museum and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Portsmouth are both great choices. Step back into history at their interactive exhibits. Plus, you’ll be able to explore the wonderful city of Portsmouth!

Go Whale Watching

Think of the incredible memories your kids will have after a day out on the water whale watching! Whale watching could be the highlight of their summer. So, check out First Chance Whale Watch for a great excursion to the sea for your chance to see the behemoths. There’s nothing quite like it!


In and around the York area, there are many great hikes perfect for families with kids. This is a great way to get outside and explore the beauty of the surrounding area. Plus, it’s a great way to burn up all that energy the kids may have. You’ll want to check out trails like Mt. Agamenticus and these other trails around York.

Maine Wildlife Park

Up in Gray, ME, the Maine Wildlife Park lets the kids see and learn about the interesting zoology of the great state of Maine. See moose, bald eagles, lynx, peregrine falcons, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, and more! You’ll also tour the fish hatchery!

The Best Vacation Headquarters is in York

So, you’ve got a few great ideas for how to keep the kids happy. What now? Check out the best place to stay in southern Maine! Here at Dockside Guest Quarters, a stay in our rooms is the perfect solution for your family vacation. Comfortable and quiet with the feel of home, here at Dockside you’ll love staying with us. So, get a jump on your summer vacation and browse our availability. Then, contact us today to book your next Maine getaway!