Lobster Rolls, Frog Jumping Contests & White Water Rafting – It Must Be Summer in Maine

Northern Outdoor RaftingThis summer is an old fashioned SCORCHA! – so it’s time to head to the cool, clear mountain villages of Maine where breezes blow and temperatures are comfortable.  While throngs of tourists cling to the rocky coastline (which is impressive we must admit), more discerning families head inland where spring fed lakes and rumbling rivers guarantee a refreshing vacation stay.

Rafting the Kennebec


Be A Really Cool Family – Go White Water Rafting On The Kennebec River! You can’t get much more refreshing than a plunge down the rapids in an inflatable boat.  The adrenaline rush all the water and amusement parks are trying to duplicate is right here in northern Maine on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead rivers.  Until July 15th it’s value season at Northern Outdoors – you can take 35% off standard summer rafting and lodging prices.  AND all summer long, kids raft at half price on weekdays.  On Wednesday it’s single parent day, two kids pay half price with a single paying parent.  These rivers will give you the ride of your life! 

Saco River Canoeing


Families wanting a slow lazy river experience can paddle a canoe down the quiet waters of the meandering Saco River.  Crystal clear waters tumble down from the White Mountains as they make their way from New Hampshire to the Maine coast.  The folks at Saco Bound can outfit you with everything you’ll need for a one day trip or 2 days with overnight camping.  You’ll hardly need to paddle as the current glides you over sandy bottomed river beds where the water is usually just a few feet deep.  Strap a tube on the back of the canoe and float down the lazy river!

Mollyockett Day Bethel Maine

Photo by Michelle McLean

For some old fashioned country fun head to the 50th anniversary celebration of Mollyockett Days in Bethel Maine from July 17-18th.

A beautiful village just down-mountain from the Sunday River Ski Resort, Bethel celebrates the life of Mollyocket a famed Indian Healer from the Peuqawket tribe who befriended early settlers in the region.

Arirondak Sale Bethel Maine

Photo by Michelle McLean

There will be all the down-home country fun you could wish for: a grand parade, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, farmer’s market, arts, craft and food vendors, a pig and turkey roast, frog jumping contest for the kids, chain saw carving, fun run, fiddlers and jazz band concerts, Adirondack auction, and of course we can’t forget the fireworks!

Come for the whole weekend and take advantage of specials at the beautiful Bethel Inn where kids 11 and under can stay and eat for free.

So for some summer fun that will have the whole family smiling, head north to Maine!

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