We have been visiting Kennebunkport in Maine for quite a few summers, but now that we have kids the focus has changed from the relaxing lunches along the waterfront to high energy fun!
My twin toddlers are very active, so I had to come up with some fun activities to keep the mischief at bay!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are quite a few things the toddlers can do around town for free or at a greatly reduced price. Here are just three of my great finds to share with you:
1. Lobster Boat Tour: I called a couple of places and found Kylie’s Chance Scenic Lobster Cruise on Ocean Avenue. It cost $20 for me, and my kids were…… wait for it….completely FREE! I was so excited that I booked it straight away. Yup, kids under 3 years old are no charge.
This lobster might have been hired by the boat captain – he was waving for the photo
Well the boys had a blast on the tour – they got to touch a lobster (although only Mason actually did it), they saw some seals and got to be on a BOAT! Yes – very exciting for the twins! More about this in another post because I just have to go back again with my hubby and some friends next time.
I will say it was super cute (and responsible) of the twins – life jackets were optional, and they REALLY wanted to wear them – they were the only two on the boat to be sporting them!
2. Horse drawn Carriage Ride: If you have been to Kennebunkport as much as we have, I am sure you have noticed the beautiful horse drawn carriage parked at 25 Ocean Avenue (Rockin’ Horse Stables). Well I stopped to enquire about the price and was pleasantly surprised with the rates. It’s $15 per adult ($30 minimum) and kids 2 and under are FREE Older kids are just $5.
Well we hopped right on, met the horses (Red and Dan) and went for a lovely stroll around Kennebunkport. We felt a little bit like celebrities: everyone waved as we went by, and lots of attention was given to the huge horses.
The history tour was interesting enough – what I heard of it anyway, since the twins were more excited about pointing out the pick up trucks driving down the street, and flags in the gardens, than hearing about Widow watches and other historical facts.
Lets face it – being on a horse drawn carriage was enough of a thrill for the boys!
3. Private Gardens Tour: This activity was wonderful, but it depends when you come to Maine. We were lucky enough to go to the 18th Annual Private Garden Tour in Kennebunkport, and the proceeds for this event go to a children’s charity. Once again kids 2 and under were FREE.
My toddlers love being in nature, smelling flowers and exploring, so they enjoyed finding Sunflowers (they were actually yellow daisies), they saw a few goats and a miniature horse, and they even got to plant their own pot of wild flowers.
All in all I was happy to find that we can do some fun touristy things in the port and take the kids along for a fraction of the cost or free.
Hope this gives you some ideas for your next trip to Kennebunkport.