Portland is a lively city with an active port and lots of things to do. Many of these are ideal for family travel. Here are our family’s three favorites:
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
Your first stop with toddlers and young children should be Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, where kids learn about the world around them through creative play and immersive, hands-on activities. Experiences are age appropriate, with special areas for toddlers and others like the Climb, Crawl, and Slide structure. The museum offers places for kids of various ages. Dress-up costumes encourage amateur performances and a kid-scale airport, and a luggage conveyor, control tower and planes will make them eager travelers.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
The museum part will be more interesting to older kids, but all ages will like the 40-minute train ride on the narrow tracks alongside the Eastern Promenade. The vintage trains are operated by steam or diesel, and you can ride in a traditional passenger car or, in good weather, in an open car. Inside the museum, along with historic coaches, there are kids’ activities and exhibits about these historic railroads, with tracks only 2 feet apart.
Lucky Catch Cruises
Every kid likes riding on a boat, and this one has the added attraction of a quick course in lobster fishing. On this kid-friendly harbor tour with Lucky Catch, kids can help pull lobster traps ashore and measure the catch to see if they are legal size. Back ashore, you can buy the lobsters and have them cooked at a harborside restaurant to eat on the docks.
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It’s not too early to plan holiday family travel, and those bound for the Grand Canyon region might want to consider booking tickets now for Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel’s popular Polar Express. Tickets are going fast!
Family travelers spending time in Riviera Maya, Mexico, cannot miss Xel-Há, a park offering an extensive list of activities, all surrounded by the pure natural beauty of the region. The beginning of fall marks the perfect time to visit the park, with more than 20 unique experiences.
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Qatar may not seem like your typical wintertime family travel destination. After all, you won’t find many snow-capped peaks or ski resorts in the world’s desert nations, but the country’s newest winter attraction will make sure you have so much fun you won’t even think about snow. From roller coasters and merry-go-rounds to cotton candy and ice cream, there will be something for everyone at this nightly, winter-themed entertainment park.