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Portland, Maine, is a city designed to please parents traveling with kids. Check out our list of five great things to do with the younger set:
1. Go to a Portland Sea Dogs game. The minor league team — an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox — plays in a small park in downtown Portland called Hadlock Field. There, the Sea Dogs put on an impressive show. The intimate size of the ballpark makes catching a fly ball seem within reach, and the mascot, Slugger the Sea Dog, will appeal to kids of all ages.
2. Plan a day trip to the Casco Bay Islands. Accessible via ferry from the Maine State Pier, the Casco Bay Islands have a variety of stops to explore. Peaks Island is the most kid-friendly, with bike rentals and plenty of only-in-Maine sights to see. There are a couple of restaurants on the island, but plan ahead and pack snacks just in case there is a wait.
3. Visit the Arts District. Go to this area in uptown Portland and take advantage of the range of cultural institutions located here. Your kids will love the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, as well as the fairs, festivals and activities that regularly occur in the neighborhood.
4. Walk the Eastern Promenade. Go for a stroll with the family along the Eastern Promenade, a short walk from Old Port. Not only will you find the most beautiful views of the Harbor, but kids can check out the very cool Portland Observatory and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum.
5. Go bowling. Take your kids bowling to help burn off some energy during a rainy day. Bayside Bowl recently opened in Portland, and it is a popular spot with families during the daytime and early evening.