Apr 242018
 

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

I love Maine.  I can’t tell you exactly why, but it’s one of my favorite states (after my home state of Massachusetts of course). I head up to Maine every chance I get and Portland, Maine is one of my favorite destinations when I head up. I’ve gone to Portland both with the kids and without and if you are planning on bringing the kids with you, here are some family friendly things to do while you’re there.

Family Friendly Things to do in Portland, Maine

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

1. Visit the Portland Science Center
Educational museum on a wharf featuring exhibits on science, technology, history & culture. There was an exhibit on sharks when we were there and my boys LOVED it. The exhibits rotate, though, so there is always something new to see at the museum. Be sure to check their website for current hours and prices.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

The Portland Science Center is located at 68 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101. There is street parking available and there are a few public lots in the area.

2. Climb the Portland Observatory
With breathtaking views and fascinating history at America’s last standing maritime signal tower, it’s definitely worth a stop in. Since 1807, the Portland Observatory has offered spectacular views of Portland’s busy harbor. The observatory is only open in the summer (May-October) and you can check the hours & admission prices on their website before you head over.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

The Observatory is located at 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101.

3. International Cryptozoology Museum
Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals, and Portland has the world’s only cryptozoology museum. I’ve been there twice and it’s SO much fun to visit.  Even if you are sitting there rolling your eyes about it and think something like this is not for you, it’s a seriously fun place to visit.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

They have a wide range of exhibitions from rare, one-of-a-kind scientific, zoological specimens to popular cultural homages to the relevant anthropological and psychological acknowledgements of the sightings and folk traditions.

The International Cryptozoology Museum is located at 4 Thompson’s Point Road, Suite 106, Portland, ME 04102. Just look for the big Bigfoot statue.

4. Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art, or PMA, is the largest and oldest public art institution in the U.S. state of Maine. If you and your family love art, the artwork inside the museum is absolutely amazing.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.
The Portland Art Museum is located at 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101.

5. Alligash Brewing Company
Ok, maybe this one isn’t necessarily someplace you want to bring your kids, but the tours are super interesting if you’ve always wondered how beer is made.  They are open for beer pours and free tours seven days a week and Alligash is one of my favorite beers, so I love going here whenever I am in Portland.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.
Alligash is located at 50 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103.

6. Portland Head Light
You can’t go to Maine and not see a lighthouse!  You just can’t.  The Portland Head Light, informally known as the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, is one of my favorites.  The Portland Head Light is absolutely majestic and I think this one just screams New England!

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

You will find the Portland Head Light at 12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.

7. Tour the Wadsworth-Longfellow House
This house was the childhood home of the famous American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882 and has been open for tours for years. Virtually all of the household items and artifacts are original to the Wadsworth and Longfellow families and if you love history, stop in for a tour.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.
The Wadsworth-Longfellow House is located at 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 (right up the street from the art museum).

8. Eat!
The coastal city of Portland, Maine has emerged as one of the country’s finest dining scenes. There are hundreds of great restaurants, breweries and distilleries in Portland, so you will never go hungry while you are there. There are also a few foodie tours that you can take if you like.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

On a trip without the kids, Christian and I did a Maine Foodie Tour, but weren’t impressed – but don’t let that deter you because they have lots of different tours, so make sure you read the descriptions because one of them might be perfect for you.

Here are some family friendly things to do while you are in Portland, Maine. There is no shortage of things to do while you're in Portland and it's a great vacation destination for your next trip to New England.

If you are planning a trip to Portland, Maine, hope you get a chance to visit some of these family friendly places.

  32 Responses to “Family Friendly Things to do in Portland, Maine”

  1. That sounds like a great city to take the kids to. I love the Science Center the most. It’s always fun to explore the mysteries of our world in an exciting way.

  2. What some amazing sounding things to do around Portland. I have to admit I would like to go and see the Cryptozoology Museum, that sounds interesting.

  3. I love that you travel throughout the Northeast and find so many great cities. I stay at home too much but i need to see more. portland looks like a great weekend away place for kids or not.

  4. I love the look of Maine. So many gorgeous photos and things I’ve seen, I’d love to visit. Portland sounds like it has loads to see and do, so it would be a great place to take a trip to!

  5. One of these days, I will visit the States and this is definitely on my list. I would sure love to visit them all!

  6. It looks like a great place to visit! Added to my list! We love discovering new places!

  7. You have some great suggestions there. I have always wanted to go Maine, I didn’t even get there while I lived in NH for 2 years.

  8. That looks like so much fun! I have never been to Portland so I would have no idea how to start my planning. But it all looks like great family friendly entertainment.

  9. These are great suggestions! Lots of fun things to do in Portland, Maine!

  10. It’s really beautiful out there! I think it’s a lovely place for some quiet weekend with the family. I just love that there’s plenty of things to do.

  11. I need to get a picture of Teddy with that Big Foot. I’ve heard of it before and have to go. It really is a beautiful city.

  12. I’ve only visited Maine once, but I fell completely in love. Seeing all these family-friendly things to do has me wanting to revisit soon.

  13. I hear so much about the Portland food scene up here in Canada. I look forward to visiting soon.

  14. Awesome photos! I’ve never been to Maine before. My husband wants to go and pig out on sea food. I’d be happy to check out the museums.

  15. Loving this post so much because we planning to head to Maine in May! I am taking notes on all of your suggestions!

  16. My family and I often visit Kittery Maine. We have to look into planning a trip to visit Portland Maine.

  17. This post has so many beautiful pictures. I am such a sucker when it comes to traveling, and seeing your post has made me put Portland, Maine on my bucket list.

  18. I always say that I would like to go to Maine because of blue crabs. I would love to visit there one day.

  19. Maine is 1 of 9 states I have not been to yet. It looks like a really nice place!

  20. I’ve never been to Maine but it looks like it was a great trip. I love the lighthouses and would want to see as many of them as I could.

  21. We have been talkign about visiting Maine this year. It looks like there is a lot to do and see in Portland. I will share this with the hubby.

  22. From looking at all of your photos, I would love to see all of these things. I’d start with the water, and then head to the lighthouse.

  23. I haven’t been to Portland in many, many years. I would love to go on a little road trip with the family and explore. Looks like you guys had fun!

  24. Maine is such a lovely place to go to especially with the family. I’m glad you guys had loads of fun checking out the things to do in Portland. I’d definitely enjoy museums and science center!

  25. I have always wanted to visit Maine and every other state in the Union. Thank you for sharing kid friendly ideas so no one will be bored and everyone can enjoy their time together.

  26. I am amazed at how stunning the Portland Head Light looks. The lighthouse must really be quite a beauty to behold in person.The Observatory must be quite hectic in summer. It is great to know about Portland Maine as detailed as you have shared.

  27. Never been to Maine, but if I would get the chance, I would have my fill of lobsters right at the source! I did not know there were so many pretty places to visit there too! I’d love to get to be at the Cryptozoology Museum!

  28. I didn’t know Portland had so many family friendly places. These are all so much fun and the kids will learn a lot as well!

  29. International Cryptozoology Museum wow me so much! I think that is the top of my list when i get to Maine. And the fact that is the only in the world. Thanks for this info!

  30. Hubby and I have been wanting to visit Portland main … we have heard great things. Especially for the fresh lobster. We didn’t think of all the family friendly spots and venues. This makes it even more perfect for us since we have a 5 month old.

  31. Fresh seafood and the science center is definatly my two favourite things.

  32. It’s a beautiful city indeed and there are so many places to see. I hope manage to visit Portland before heading back home