Coastal Maine Family Vacations

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Families Will Love

  • Dotted with scenic and charming coastal villages
  • Rocky shoreline with lots of free beaches
  • Exclusive resorts to secluded cabins

Coastal Maine Family Vacations Overview

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Growing up on the southern coast of Maine, I'll admit I harbor a little prejudice; but from my point of view, it's one of the best places for a family vacation in the country. Dotted with scenic and friendly little towns, lots of free beaches and old-fashioned charm, Maine's rocky shoreline draws millions of families every year. So while these coastal villages are every bit as charming as you've imagined them, imagine them a little more crowded! There are so many ways to experience coastal Maine. Whether it is in a luxury oceanfront resort with fine dining, sparkling pools and a kid's program, or in a secluded cabin on one of Maine's small islands, it's a wonderful place for kids. Although the state is vacation-worthy in any season, coastal Maine is typically a summer and fall destination; and you'll find that many of the spots listed in this article go into hibernation during the winter months. Be sure to inquire about opening and closing dates when making your family's arrangements.

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Growing up on the southern coast of Maine, I'll admit I harbor a little prejudice; but from my point of view, it's one of the best places for a family vacation in the country. Dotted with scenic and friendly little towns, lots of free beaches and old-fashioned charm, Maine's rocky shoreline draws millions of families every year. So while these coastal villages are every bit as charming as you've imagined them, imagine them a little more crowded! There are so many ways to experience coastal Maine. Whether it is in a luxury oceanfront resort with fine dining, sparkling pools and a kid's program, or in a secluded cabin on one of Maine's small islands, it's a wonderful place for kids. Although the state is vacation-worthy in any season, coastal Maine is typically a summer and fall destination; and you'll find that many of the spots listed in this article go into hibernation during the winter months. Be sure to inquire about opening and closing dates when making your family's arrangements.

The Coast of Maine is long and large, which is why natives divide it into three areas: Southern Coast, which includes Kittery, Kennebunkport, Portland and Freeport; Mid-Coast, which includes Boothbay Harbor, Rockport and Rockland; and Down East, which is actually the Northeastern Coast, which includes Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Read Less

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Latest Coastal Maine Family Vacation Reviews

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08/01/2010

OOB - The Place to Go

Old Orchard Beach is a great family vacation destination. The beach is clean. the waves aren't usually too big for the little ones. We were close enought to the Pier to walk to the amusement park rides. The fireworks on Thursday nights are a nice way to start bringing your week to a close. ... Old Orchard Beach is a great family vacation destination. The beach is clean. the waves aren't usually too big for the little ones. We were close enought to the Pier to walk to the amusement park rides. The fireworks on Thursday nights are a nice way to start bringing your week to a close. The location is perfect. OOB is near Cape Elizabeth with hiking around the lighthouse, Kittery Outlets are close enough to go shopping for the day. The York Zoo was an enjoyable day trip. The Normandie Inn was a nice place to stay. It's located right on the beach. The indoor pool was a nice relief from the sun & surf. The staff was pleasant, but not too intruding. We had a great time at Old Orchard Beach. We can't wait to go back again next year! Read More Read Less

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