Family Friendly Things to do in Maine this Winter

Winter Lighthouse View

Wondering what kind of things to do with your family in Maine this winter? Or looking for ideas for safe, family-friendly fun during school break? I’m sharing all the details of our family vacation on the Coast of Maine this Winter!


This is a sponsored post as part of the Winter Escapes program with Visit Maine. You can read my full disclosure here.

Let me start off by saying Winter in New England, specifically Maine, is truly unparalleled. As one of my friends from the South has said, we ‘live in a Hallmark movie’. No matter where you go, whether it’s to the Mountains or the Coast, you will get picturesque and postcard worthy views – that is for certain!

  • Boats Harborside
  • Rocky Coastline
  • docked sailboats
  • wharf at low tide

This winter, we opted for a Covid-Safe weekend getaway to some of Maine’s most infamous spots in Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Belfast and Bar Harbor. While these Coastal towns are typically booming with tourists during the Summer months, there has never been a better time to visit! They have been working so hard to keep their doors open and keep us safe during these unprecedented times. Everywhere we went, we were welcomed with warm appreciative smiles and safety precautions met without fail.

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the 16 Bay View Camden Harbor Loft in Camden, Maine. The Loft checked off all our boxes and more! Having a private, and family friendly place to stay was a must for us! You get the privacy and comfort of an Airbnb, with the amenities of a hotel. 

 

  • open concept living room
  • master bedroom loft
  • baby in tub
  • Streetside hotel
  • Downtown Hotel

Explore Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park speaks for itself. It is nothing short of iconic and breathtaking. You could spend a whole lot more time here – the exploring is endless. We had a guided tour with Rich from The Natural History Center, who even cooked us hot cocoa on Sand Beach!

Go Ice Skating

Maine is the perfect place to go ice fishing or ice skating at one of the many ponds and lakes. If you look out onto any frozen body of water during the Winter in Maine, you’ll likely see one of the two happening. So pack some ice skates, or rent them from Maine Sports Outfitters, because you’re apt to want to pull over for an impromptu skate!

Did you grow up “Wild Skating” or on rinks downtown? I just heard the term Wild Skating for the first time this year, and that’s all I knew growing up! Apparently not everyone, everywhere just ice skates on random frozen bodies of water in the middle of the woods. Who knew?! 😉

  • girls ice skating
  • Family Ice Skating

Warm Up Indoors

Get out of the cold, and cozy up! During the winter, there are plenty of indoor family and Covid-friendly events and activities to enjoy as well. We sipped hot cocoa at local bakeries, went Candle Pin bowling, cuddled up with a book in a cozy bookstore, and had a whimsical childhood dream of a toy store all to ourselves! These made for memorable stops along the way for the girls, and also helped us warm up from the cold. Maine is full of museums, theaters, and cozy local shops around every downtown corner that both kids and adults will enjoy!

  • Winter Bakery
  • Downtown Corner Toy Store
  • Girls in toy store
  • Girls in a Bookstore
  • Toddler reading
  • family bowling
  • Popcorn Truck
  • downtown street

We had far too much fun to even begin to capture it all in one post, so stay tuned to dive deeper into each Coastal town a little further. If you are planning a vacation in Maine this winter, these are just a few of the fun winter activities that you can experience. The options are truly endless. Check with the local tourism sites, or Visit Maine for more family-friendly experiences in Maine this Winter!

And finally, if you do end up using this as a guide to explore this beautiful state, please let me know so I can share!

XO Amy

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Girl walking on the beach in the winter
view of ocean
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maine lighthouse

 

 

 

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