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In Freeport next summer....

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In Freeport next summer....

We'll be traveling through Topsham and Freeport areas next summer. We're not that into the shopping scene around there. Can you give us any ideas for other things to do or see along the coast that would be interesting for kids , ages 10 & 7? Any ideas on motels and restaurants would also be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: In Freeport next summer....

Hi there,

There is plenty to do, both in Freeport and in the surrounding areas - all within an hour's drive or less. There are several parks nearby - Winslow Memorial Park is the Freeport town park with playground and lots of area to run, hike and play, plus a small beach. Wolf Neck State Park has great trails along the bay, and Bradbury Mtn State Park gets you up above the crowds with great views.

There are lighthouses to visit in Portland (Cape Elizabeth, actually), as well as to the north, at Pemaquid Point, where you can climb down the rocks for a great view.

Near Bath there are two more parks - Popham Beach State Park has a huge beach and hiking trails, while Reid State Park has a beach, trails and rocks that can be climbed (more like stairs, really) for a great view.

You can take a ride on a lobster boat, or an antique sailboat (SailFreeport) or even an antique schooner from Portland Schooner Co. (www.portlandschooner.com), as well as taking the mail boat to one of the nearby islands.

If you go to Boothbay Harbor you can go whale watching, or on other boat tours, or hike the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, or visit the Railway Museum. In Bath you can visit the Bath Maritime Museum, in the shadow of Bath Iron Works - where US Navy ships are being built or repaired.

Farther north, at Port Clyde (about an hour and a half from Freeport) you can see a lighthouse and take a lighthouse tour by boat, or take the boat to Monhegan Island.

Freeport has nice family restaurants, as well as more upscale restaurants. You might try Jameson Tavern, Corsican Restaurant, Pedro O'Haras, Gritty McDuffs, or the Lobster Cooker.

For more suggestions on things to do, look at http://www.brewsterhouse.com/area or http://blog.brewsterhouse.com

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2. Re: In Freeport next summer....

LL Bean offers "Walk On Adventures". Some are a few hours, half-day, or full day. No reservation required. Very reasoable cost w/ all equipment provided. (We took "Snowshoeing" with them when we first moved here and that got us hooked).There may be age restrictions based on the activity.

Portland has a good Children's Museum (for a rainy day) and also has an accessible "working waterfront".

Other restos worth noting include Black Arrow Tavern (inside Harrraseeket Inn) and Harraseeket Lunch (So. Freeport), a true "lobster pound" on the water. I would not recommend The Lobster Cooker mentioned above...tourist trap w/ awful food (IME).

Many restaurant choices also in nearby Brunswick. Portland is only 20 minutes away for fine dining options if the parents can get away for a "date night".

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3. Re: In Freeport next summer....

Also, Azure Cafe, IMO a cut above Jameson Tavern.

Freeport, Maine
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4. Re: In Freeport next summer....

Agreed - Azure is our favorite, but Jameson may be more appropriate for this family with younger children...

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5. Re: In Freeport next summer....

I have written before about LL Bean walk-on adventures. They are $15 each and a great way to try a new sport and experience the outdoors. Usually 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

www.llbean.com/outdoorsOnline/odp/index.html…

LL Bean offers other trips that are somewhat longer and somewhat more expensive but still considered a real bargain.

Brewster and HD listed several good, informal restaurants but I would make a point of Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster. You are right on the water and the lobster is as fresh as the view.

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6. Re: In Freeport next summer....

My kids (similar ages) love the Desert of Maine. It's in Freeport, and it's basically a huge sand box. The kids get to see this natural desert, and they have a tram tour, but the best is running around and jumping and playing in the sand. Nice way to let them get their energies out.

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7. Re: In Freeport next summer....

You may want to check out Gritty's on Route 1. It's a brew pub/ restaurant with an outdoor playground and deck. In the summer they have concerts on their lawn. The food is decent, the beer is excellent, and it's kid friendly.

http://www.grittys.com/freeport.php#

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8. Re: In Freeport next summer....

Thank You everyone for the awesome information. We are definitely better prepared for our trip.

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9. Re: In Freeport next summer....

Popham had a nice beach and several old forts that are great for exploring.

Reid State Park has rocks and sand, and near Reid is teeny Five Islands where there is a terrific lobster pound with incredible views, much better views than the lobster pound in Freeport. http://www.fiveislandslobster.com/

I love to walk my dog at Winslow Park and Wolfe's Neck, but if you are headed to Acadia, these two pale in comparison to Acadia. I'd save my time for Acadia

Near Topsham is Bath with the Maine Maritime Museum. http://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/

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