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Best family parks in Maine

Park it!

Grab the kids and set out for the great outdoors of Maine, where national and state parks await with stunning views, beautiful wildlife and endless adventure for the whole family.


Acadia National Park

As the only national park in New England, this Maine destination packs a bunch with 35,000 acres of pristine land, clean waters and clear air. Gather the kids and take a kayak to one of the park's many ponds, or take a hike through Acadia's 33 miles of trails on foot, bike or horseback. Rolling hills, mountains and a rocky coastline make this national park a must see.

Where: Bar Harbor and beyond

Website: visitmaine.com/attractions/state_national_parks/acadia_national_park

Birch Point State Park

This is the New England coast as you'd traditionally think of it. Visit Birch Point and all of its outdoor splendor — sandy beaches make it the perfect setting for a family picnic or water play. More than a dozen lighthouses line the coast of this state park where you can spot lobster boats catching delicious, famous Maine lobster.

Where: Owl's Head

Website: visitmaine.com/attractions/state_national_parks/state_parks/birch_point_state_park

Bradbury Mountain State Park

This is the perfect destination for a family of hikers who enjoys scaling Maine's trails, then stopping off to enjoy modern amenities like the on-site playground. Throw on those hiking boots for the most difficult trails, or take the kids along one of the easy going routes. 800 acres are available to explore.

Where: Pownal

Website: visitmaine.com/attractions/state_national_parks/state_parks/bradbury_mountain_state_park

Baxter State Park

Looking to scale a mountain? You can at Baxter State Park. Whether you want to walk up during a hike or climb up the hard way on rocky mountains, Baxter offers stunning summit views — the likeness of which you can't find anywhere else in the U.S. Rent a small boat or kayak to explore one of the many ponds, or just take a dip in the water.

Where: Millinocket

Website: visitmaine.com/attractions/state_national_parks/state_parks/baxter_state_park

Camden Hills State Park

If you're traveling near Maine's mid-coast region, stop by Camden Hills State Park for a little bird watching, where sightings of eagles, herons and more are common. 25 miles of trails await hikers and bikers alike, all among the moderate Maine summer temperatures.

Where: Camden

Website: visitmaine.com/attractions/state_national_parks/state_parks/camden_hills_state_park

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