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Top 5 Maine Adventures for the Family

Family Blogger Jennifer Hazard

Need a suggestion for something family friendly to do in Maine? Look no further than Jennifer Hazard. She’s the incredibly outgoing married mother of two and editor of her blog On her site, she documents her family’s adventures throughout the state, giving readers an amazing glimpse into the unique and fun experiences of being a family in Maine.

Summer vacation begins soon, and our family is planning to soak up as much of this gorgeous season in Maine as possible! At dinner recently, we came up with a long list of activities we're looking forward to experiencing this season. Here are a few that top our list:

1. Go on an island adventure

Our family can't wait to take the ferry to Peaks Island and explore the island on two-seater bikes. The last time we visited, the roads were dotted with lemonade stands designed by young island entrepreneurs.

Note: bicycle rentals available through Brad's Bike Rental & Repair.

2. Check out a food festival

We've always wanted to return to Machias for the Wild Blueberry Festival (August). We can't wait to see the children's parade, check out the artisan market, and sample as many blueberry treats as our bellies allow!

3. Explore new trails

We're making it our family goal to check out as many new trails as possible. This season, we're going to hike the gorgeous shoreline trails in Cape Elizabeth (and then cool off at Crescent Beach State Park).

4. Visit a new garden

We love public gardens, but we've never explored the stunning Asticou Azalea Garden on Mount Desert Island. We'll pack a picnic, bring our camera, and take a leisurely stroll. Can't wait!

5. Experience a traditional clambake

It's been too long since we've visited the wonderful folks at Cabbage Island Clambakes in Boothbay. The ferry ride alone is such a treat, and the food on the island is incredible — lobster, steamers, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes, and the biggest (and most delicious) piece of blueberry cake ever for dessert. Yum!

Editor's Notes

Feast your way through Maine by attending the many food festivals that take place all year long. Maine Fare in Belfast, The Maine Salmon Festival in Eastport and the Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield are just a few of the foodie festivals on offer here.

The Maine Beaches Region is a must-visit destination for any summer trip to Maine. Experience authentic Maine beach culture, explore the many camping and outdoor recreation opportunities, go antiquing and crack open our most delicious and iconic crustacean.

Avid gardeners and botanical aficionados will delight in the variety of public and private gardens that are available for viewing in Maine. To help you decide which gardens to visit, check out Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and this list of Maine gardens.

You don’t get more authentically Maine than a classic coastal clambake. These communal celebrations of the sea bring you back to simpler times, with delicious results. There are numerous restaurants and facilities that offer clambakes throughout the state. Explore dining options here.

Trek across the state with this Maine trail finder. Browse interactive maps, crowd source reviews and recommendations from people who’ve experienced the trails and plan your own Maine trail adventure.

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