Family Adventures “Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!” — Albert Einstein Hiking the Beehive, Acadia, ©Jerry Monkman DownEast Acadia Activities for Kids of All Ages. n n E xplore the eerie passages and massive granite enclosed spaces of the Civil War-era Fort Knox, then head next door, where the Penobscot Narrows Observatory rises to a height of 420 feet— taller than Lady Liberty—for a 100-plus-mile panoramic view. C limb aboard a real lobster boat and watch as the captain pulls traps up while sharing stories. Journey offshore on a whale- watch to glimpse humpbacks, finbacks, and minkes. View the popular and adorable puffins as you cruise by their nesting islands. 24 | DownEastAcadia.com n earn something new in a Junior L National Park Ranger program, at the Schoodic Institute, or during a half-day kids outdoor educational program offered by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust. n G et in the spirit at a local festival: talk like a pirate in Eastport, join a wild blueberry pie eating contest in Machias, or view the endless wonders of the cosmos during the Acadia Night Sky Festival. n T each the kids to love fishing on one of several ponds in Grand Lakes area where no license is required for kids under age 12. n A s you drive along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway keep an eye out for the colorful Kids Quest signs for seven fun stops along the way. Kids can climb aboard a small-scale lobster boat in Prospect Harbor, learn about tides at Tidal Falls in Hancock, or explore the shoreline pools in Winter Harbor. n Amuse the family with some laps at the go-kart track and 18 holes of themed mini-golf or try out a zipline and ropes course. Wrap up the day with the nightly Great Maine Lumberjack Show.