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Families will love:

  • Largest city in Maine
  • Children's museum
  • Ferry to Nova Scotia

Just north of Maine's southern beaches are Portland and the Casco Bay region. A lot of out-of-staters think Portland is the capital of Maine, which is totally understandable. It's the largest city in the state, and one of the most popular spots for families.

My kids really love Portland. I think it's because it offers the diversity of activities of a city, but it is as ... more
Just north of Maine's southern beaches are Portland and the Casco Bay region. A lot of out-of-staters think Portland is the capital of Maine, which is totally understandable. It's the largest city in the state, and one of the most popular spots for families.

My kids really love Portland. I think it's because it offers the diversity of activities of a city, but it is as manageable as a large town. One of our favorite stops in the city is the downtown Portland Children's Museum, which is ideal for kids 10 and under and has cool science and art exhibits for kids, as well as frequent appearances by live performers.

From Portland you can take a ferry to Nova Scotia or a commuter boat to the Calendar Islands in Casco Bay. About 15 minutes north of Portland is the outlet shopping Mecca of Freeport, where you'll find LL Bean among a couple hundred other outlets. If you have pre-teens and teens that love to shop, they'll want to say they've been here.

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