Five kid-friendly attractions in Ogunquit Maine

Sometimes, looking for the perfect vacation destination can get a bit hectic, especially if you have a family and are searching for a kid-friendly spot. With rising prices in theme parks like Disneyland, Six Flags and Universal Studios, parents across the U.S. are now looking for cheaper vacation alternatives that don’t sacrifice fun over price.

Ogunquit Maine

Highlighted in an article by Trip Advisor, many families in the East Coast are considering going north to Maine instead of driving down south to Florida’s amusement central. In the past few years, many coastal towns in Maine have undergone radical visitor-pleasing changes in efforts to boost tourism.

One town that’s garnering mass interest is Ogunquit, Maine, a small, resort town located on the southern tip of the state. Ogunquit has been generating substantial interest because of its family-centered attractions, top tier resort commodities, pristine lobster-rich coastline and golden beaches. If you’re looking to take a family vacation in the next few weeks, here are five kid friendly-attractions that’ll make you want to consider making it your next family destination.

Marginal Way

If you’ve ever seen the scenic beach panoramas that grace the silver screen, you may find that they have nothing on historical Marginal Way, a famous beach strip just off the coast of Ogunquit. Marginal Way has been described as beautifully pristine and fun for the whole family. Marginal Way is definitely a hidden beauty of Maine, secluded and free from hordes of tourists. Marginal Way is the perfect destination for families that want to have a calm, family beach day.

Perkins Cove

Perkins cove is a small community at the edge of Ogunquit that brings beauty and quaintness to the town. Perkins Cove is known as a fishing district, famous for its lobsters and assortment of fruits. This small commercial district is perfect for a family outing or dinner. There’s simply no better seafood in all of Southern Maine than at Perkins Cove.

Mount Agamenticus

If you’re the kind of parent that lives an active lifestyle, a trip to Mount Agamenticus may be just what you’re looking for. This forested monolith is located near Ogunquit–not hard to spot from the town square. Mount Agamenticus provides visitors with miles of hiking trails, ranging from beginner to advanced. Mount Agamenticus is perfect for an outdoor excursion with your kids.

Ogunquit Playhouse

If you think Ogunquit is all about attractive natural settings, think again. If you want to get a good dose of culture, you may want to make your way to downtown Ogunquit to attend a local theater production at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Shows range from locally written productions to national shows, like Legally Blonde or Les Miserables. If you enjoy attending theater productions, why not watch a show at the famous Ogunquit Playhouse?

Ogunquit Museum of Modern Art

If you don’t get your fill of local culture, you may want to head to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Though small compared to the Met, this museum houses an extensive collection of American art that dates back to the American colonial era. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art also features pieces of local art, giving visitors a feel of the local artistic scene. The setting of the museum is panoramic, located beachside on historic Shore Road.

The accommodations in Ogunquit are very family friendly just like the other attractions it has to offer. This pleasant seaside town is an excellent choice if you want to break free from the idea of a trip down to tourist-packed amusement park central but still have a family vacation worth remembering. You won’t regret it!


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Distance from the interstate:

10 minutes.

Directions:

Find Ogunquit from I-95 in Maine. Take Berwick Road or Captain Thomas Road from the interstate.

The above post is written in partnership with Stonzwear.com. Photo credit: Flickr.com/Yatmandu

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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