10 Family Activities in Freeport, Maine

10 Family Activities in Freeport, Maine.

  1. Visit Winslow Park – just eight minutes from James Place Inn sits a gem on Casco Bay.  Winslow Park is a peninsula offering amazing views, trails to walk, and a small beach area as well.  Great for a picnic and family fun.
  2. Hike Wolfe’s Neck State Park or Bradbury Mountain State Park.  Both offer amazing views, one of the water, the other out over the countryside.  Visiting in winter?  Both are great places to practice your snowshoeing.
  3. Take a lobster boat to Eagle Island.  Atlantic Seal offers excursions daily, leaving from South Freeport docks.  Enjoy a ride with Captain Tom to Eagle Island, home of Admiral Perry, discoverer of the North Pole.  Enjoy the museum on the island, have a picnic lunch and explore.  The views are amazing.
  4. Try your hand at kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, archery, clay shooting or fly fish casting through LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School.  Just $20/person gets you instruction and equipment.  Visiting in the winter?  Check out the cross country skiing and snowshoeing options available.
  5. Depending on the age of your kids, “Smudge” is a great art studio in town that lets kids get creative, and messy!  Finger painting, clay, or my favorite, shaving cream “painting” are available, among other things.  An easy walk from James Place Inn and rates by the hour.  There is even an area for the adults to relax in while you organize the rest of your day.
  6. Head to Boothbay Harbor, about 45 minutes away, and take in a whale watching excursion or a Puffin ride.  This is a great way to get on the water and see some of Maine’s beautiful coast line.
  7. Did you know LL Bean does free concerts in the park during the summer?  Beginning July 4th weekend and running through Labor Day weekend, LL Bean offers free concerts on Saturday evenings.  Music covers all tastes from bluegrass to pop to folk, and everything in between.  Come check it out – it is a lot of fun and it is free!
  8. Beaches, beaches, beaches.  We have some of the best beaches anywhere, many within 30 minutes of Freeport.  Popham Beach continues to be our favorite any time of year.  Even the winter provides a beautiful walk and views straight out to the ocean.
  9. Schooner and windjammer excursions – another great way to get on the water.  Although schooner rides depart from many areas, our favorite is the Schooner Alert, leaving out of Bailey Island.  The views are spectacular, as is the ride.  And there are several great spots to enjoy lobster once your ride is over.  Or get lobster rolls to go and take them with you for a picnic lunch on the water.
  10. Lighthouses – Maine is home to over 50 lighthouses, six of which are within 30 minutes of Freeport.  Enjoy a piece of history, spectacular views, and all of those great lobster shacks often located by the lighthouses.
  11. OK, there is still more to do!  Shopping – Freeport is known for shopping, both retail and outlet.  LL Bean is always a draw however Freeport features some unique boutiques for that special souvenir.

There is plenty to do in and around Freeport.  Whether staying for one day, four days, or seven days, we can find plenty of fun activities to keep the family busy and well entertained.

Eagle Island
Eagle Island
Winslow Park
Winslow Park
Kayaking Casco Bay at Sunset
Kayaking Casco Bay at Sunset
Sun sets on the Lighthouse
Sun sets on the Lighthouse