Maine is an outdoor lover’s paradise. With hundreds of campgrounds sprinkled across the state, Maine is the perfect summer destination for families who love to camp. If your kids aren’t quite ready to go offline completely and rough it in Maine’s backwoods, we’ve compiled some awesome kid-friendly campgrounds that the whole family will love.
Bayley’s Camping Resort is one of the best family-friendly campgrounds in southern Maine. Located near Pine Point beach in Scarborough and within an easy driving distance to Aquaboggan, Funtown Splashtown USA, and Maine Indoor Karting, Bayley’s Camping Resort is the perfect destination for any young family. The campground is home to three state-of-the-art playgrounds, a game room and arcade, three heated pools and four hot tubs. Bayley’s even has a free trolley to the beach. The activities calendar is jam packed with activities like scavenger hunts, bingo, and wiffle ball. Your kids won’t get bored here!
Papoose Pond campground is Maine’s best kept secret for family fun. Nestled on the banks of a lake in Maine’s western foothills, Papoose Pond has 180 campsites and 60 cabins, cottages and rental trailers. If you don’t fancy a dip in the lake, there is a heated swimming pool with two shallow ends perfect for young children just learning to swim. There is also an 18-hole mini golf course, volleyball court, playground, and recreation hall. From June through August, Papoose Pond runs a large variety of weekly-supervised activities for all ages. Enjoy everything from games, to arts & crafts, to hiking or canoeing. Your family will definitely have a good time here.
Located on Mount Desert Island near Acadia National Park, Somes Sound View Campground is a peaceful family-friendly campground on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by beautiful woods and the rocky coast, Somes Sound View Campground has campsites for tents, campers, RVs, and even cabins. There is even a heated in-ground swimming pool if you’re not brave enough to swim in the cold ocean. Hiking and biking trails are nearby and paddleboards are free to use for guests. Somes Sound View Campground is perfect for families looking to explore the best of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island.
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Mount Blue State Park Campground is located on the shores of Webb Lake in Maine’s largest state park. The campground has 136 wooded campsites perfect for families looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. During the peak summer months, staff offer weekly canoe trips, nature walks, and hiking. Mount Blue is a popular day hike with numerous other hiking trails nearby. Kids will love the weekly outdoor family movie night and the campground playground is a lot of fun.
Cedar Haven Family Campground is a small, modern and family-friendly campground in Freeport. Just minutes from the ocean and LL Bean, Cedar Haven is the perfect place for a family vacation. All campsites include a fireplace and picnic table. You can upgrade to a site with water, electric, and sewer if you’re traveling with a camper. If you don’t feel like roughing it in a tent with the kids, you can opt for one of their four-person rustic cabins or a full camper. The campground has plenty of fun activities like a game room, pool table and air hockey, as well as a playground.