Looking for things to do with kids while you’re on your Maine coast vacation? Freeport, Maine offers lots of ways to have fun with the kids, both inside or outdoors. We’ve created this list of ways to have fun with kids while you’re visiting Maine. A trip to Maine isn’t complete without getting your children out into the outdoors to experience the simple joys of playing outside. And while all of these activities are available in the summer, many are fun in the winter and a great way to beat the winter blues.
Seacoast Tours of Freeport. Watch sunning seals, see how a lobster is caught, tour famed arctic explorer Admiral Peary’s house on Eagle Island and see how the Arctic explorer lived during the summer. Shuttle pick-up in front of L.L.Bean at 95 Main St. 207-865-6112
Desert of Maine. This one-of-a-kind experience has been a well-loved travel site for decades. Self-guided tours of the giant sand dunes featuring learning opportunities about Maine history and environmental science for all ages plus an all new natural playground. The gift shop also features frozen treats! 95 Desert Rd, Freeport. 207-865-6962
Island Treasure Toys. Stop by this locally owned toy store for an excellent selection of thoughtfully fun toys for your child. This family-run business specializes in durable, wholesome, and heirloom-quality toys designed to last a lifetime. 20 Bow St., Freeport. 207-865-7007
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs are a fun and inexpensive way of introducing your child to a life-long love affair with the outdoors. Most classes are suitable for children 10 and over and are taught by expert instructors. In the winter, you and your kids can try snow shoeing or cross country skiing. 95 Main St. 1-888-552-3261
Wilbur’s of Maine, Just visiting a chocolate shop is a treat for any kid, but Wilbur’s offers tours and hands-on confection making events throughout the year. Call to find out when they’re hosting their next tour or event. 174 Lower Main Street, Freeport. 207-865-4071
Pineland Farms offers lots of fun for the entire family including farmyard tours and family programs. The campus also features a food market perfect for picnic provisions and a great cafe for a healthy, kid-friendly meal. Pineland is also the home to many of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Programs. 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester. 207-688-4539
Wolfe’s Neck Center is open every day, from dawn to dusk! Explore the shore, or forest. Visit the demonstration barnyard and gardens. Directions: Across from L.L.Bean turn down Bow St. becoming Flying Point Rd. After about 2.5 miles, turn right onto Wolf’s Neck Rd. 1.5 miles, turn left on Burnett Rd at the sign. Continue to the farm on left. 207-865-4469
Freeport Community Library is a great place to visit or pop in for story time for toddlers or a hands-on craft program. 207-865-3307 Directions: Follow Main St./Route 1 north, through the traffic light for about ½ mile. Turn left on Library Dr.
Winslow Memorial Park. Tidal swimming and tide pool exploration, with calm water and a small sandy beach perfect for even small children. Picnic tables and grills, fishing pier, playground, volley ball court, 6/10 mile nature trail, and Thursday night concert series during July and August. A small use fee is charged. Open 8 a.m. to 30 minutes after sunset. Directions: From downtown take Main St./ Route 1 south. In about a mile take a left at the traffic light to continue on Route 1 south. In 2 miles take a left onto South Freeport Rd. (just past the Big Indian) In .8 miles watch for sign & take a right onto Staples Point Rd. and continue to the end.
Leon Gorman Park is a short (<.5 mile) loop trail, picnic tables, a covered picnic pavilion, a grassy area within easy walking distance of Main Street. Some portions of the trail are very steep—strollers and bikes are not recommended. Directions: Just north of L.L.Bean turn right onto School Street. There is a small parking lot just after the 4-way stop, or continue onto Bow St. make first left at sign.
Wolfe’s Neck State Park offers 233 acres, including many wooded trails along the ocean. Dedicated to nature appreciation, the park provides interpretive signs on trails and guided programs for groups and the general public. The park is open in the winter for snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Facilities include picnic tables with charcoal grills; wheelchair accessible parking, picnicking, bathrooms, and path; and five miles of hiking trails through the woods and along the shores of Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road, Freeport. 207-865-4465