Spotting speedy puffins in flight or watch lobstermen pull traps. Hop a ferry for an island adventure. There are countless ways to experience our connection to the sea. Everyone loves swimming! Our favorite spots to get wet include Roque Bluffs, Crescent Beach, and Lamoine State Park. Hit pocket beaches like Wadsworth Cove in Castine and Naskeag Point in Brooklin. In Acadia National Park swim in Echo Lake or The Bowl atop The Beehive, then dive into the ocean at Sand Beach. Away from the ocean try Donnell Pond, Spring River Lake, or Ellsworth’s Branch Lake. Brace yourself for a spectacular boom from the depths of Thunderhole or head to the Bay of Fundy to experience dramatic tides in Eastport. Hop a boat to ride the Old Sow and marveling at its 25-foot tidal shift. Explore low under rocks and in tidal pools. Find tiny worlds ruled over by “huge” crabs or take a walk along a sandy shore, leaving wet footprints and lasting impressions. Ride rented bikes along the carriage trails of Campobello or Acadia National Park. Grab a scoop of “the best ice cream ever” in town before heading to your campsite to share stories around the fire beneath the spectacular night sky. In an overly connected world, it is activities like these that give families a chance to reconnect. Plan Your Visit Today! Family Friendly Campgrounds– CampMaine.com Junior National Park Rangers– bit.ly/DEJuniorRangers Schoodic National Scenic Byway Kids Quest– SchoodicByway.org/kids-quest/ Test your skills on a ropes course. Downeast Lakes Land Trust– DowneastLakes.org Schoodic Institute– SchoodicInstitute.org Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory– bit.ly/PenobscotNarrowsBridge Hit the mini-links with the family. Explore the tide pools at Seawall in Acadia National Park. For more information on family activities in the region visit DownEastAcadia.com TRUE MAINE | 25 Take to the sea for a lighthouse tour or make friends with a squirting sea cucumber. Climb to the top of a glacial erratic (a really big boulder left behind during the ice age). Snack on a pint of pick-your-own blueberries. There is simply no reason to ever hear your kids utter the words “I’m bored” in DownEast Acadia.