Maine Families

Family Outdoor Fun

The following outdoor locations are great fun for families with young children.

(SF) indicates the trails are easy to use and are stroller friendly
(PG) indicates there is a playground available for toddlers
($) indicates there may be a fee to enter the park or trail system

Alexander Art Trail (SF) Hand-carved outdoor sculptures along the trail and a painted rock exhibit.

Ice Skating Rink (Seasonal)
Every winter the Woodland Parks and Recreation Department sets up an outdoor ice skating rink for families once the weather turns cold enough to keep it frozen.

Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge (SF)
The main trail off Charlotte Road is paved and an easy walk.

Seaduck Point Preserve
Southwest end of Beals Island. 168 Acre preserve with bogs, forest trails and beachfront, including a 3/4 mile trail that leads to a sand beach and tiny island where ospreys nest.

Ice Skating Rink (Seasonal)
Located on Main Street, the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition has purchased an ice rink for families to use once the cold weather settles in.

St. Croix Island Historic Site (SF)
Paved walking trail.

Waterfront Walkway (SF)
Gravel path along the river.

Weald Bethel Trail System
Easy walking trails, picnic area. Located at the Maine Seacoast Mission Cherryfield campus.

Winter sledding at Scott’s Hill
A protected two-acre hill for children to sled down on snowy days. Parking lot on site.

Waterfront walkway (SF)
Paved walkway along the water.

Cobscook Bay State Park (PG) ($)
Picnic area, playground, easy walking trail.

Tide Mill Farm
Families are always welcome to visit the farm and garden.

Dawn Marie Beach Path
1/4 mile walking trail to beautiful undeveloped beach on Wabassus Lake.

Musquash Esker Trail
1.4 mile (2.8 round trip) easy walking trail through forest to Big Musquash stream.

Trail To Tomorrow
0.6 mile loop educational trail with interpretive signs along the path.

Harrington Family Health Center (SF)
Paved walking track and pirate ship playhouse.

Local bike and ATV trail (SF)
Paved trail starts at the bridge.

Sandy River Beach
Large family friendly sand beach.

Cobscook Shores – New!
A system of eleven parklands dispersed along the southern and western shores of Cobscook Bay from Whiting to Lubec. The Parklands offer public access and recreational use including walking, picnicking, hiking, biking, camping and paddling in Cobscook Bay. Restrooms available at each park.

Mowry Beach (SF)
Boardwalk, and sandy beach.

Quoddy Head State Park (SF) ($)
Bog Trail along boardwalk through peat bog. Signs explain the special plant life, which includes carnivorous plants like Venus Fly Traps!

Red Point Park (SF)
Located off of County Road in Lubec, Red Point is a new park system with may trails and some amenities. They have several stroller friendly paths and even offer access to a free stroller for families to borrow. Restrooms and picnic tables are onsite as well.

Middle River Park
Easy walking trail, grassy area and picnic tables. Pets are welcome.
Sledding hill and snowshoeing on trails available in the winter months.

Long Point Preserve
With a rich history, this scenic point in Machiasport boasts incredible natural beauty with sweeping views to the islands of outer Machias Bay. The trail begins along a dirt road before leading to a more rustic path that eventually loops around the rugged peninsula, totaling just over three miles. Spot seals, bald eagles, osprey, songbirds in the surrounding forest or shorebirds feeding in adjacent mudflats. Access via East Side Road, Machiasport or click here for directions.

Milbridge Commons Park and Garden (SF) 
Crushed gravel walking trail, and edible gardens. A children’s play area is planned for 2021.

Gleason Cove Park (PG)
Gravel beach, grassy area, swing set.

Sipayik Trail
Paved, easy 2 mile trail, stone beach.

Roque Bluffs State Park (PG) ($)
Easy walking trails, grassy picnic area, children’s playground.

Downeast Sunrise Trail System (SF)
Wide crushed stone pathways that run from Pembroke to Ellsworth. Check out their website and map to find your nearest trail entrance is.

We welcome input from families to add to this list.  We would love to have more information here, especially winter activities for families with toddlers.  Please click here: “Contact Us” to share any suggestions.  

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