Family-friendly Adventures

Pond Island Preserve

So you’re looking for a place on the coast to bring the kiddos? We’ve got some ideas.

A dose of the Maine coast does all of us good, but research shows that for youngsters it can be especially beneficial.

Here are some ideas for fun place to bring the little ones in your life.

Teach them to love the coast like you do!


Erickson Fields Preserve – Rockport, Maine

Near the local high school and Rockport’s downtown, this preserve is home to community gardens and a lovely wooded wellness and story trail currently (as of July 2020) featuring How Do Fairies Have Fun In The Sun? by Liz Gardner Walsh. The loop is 1.4 miles long.

Kelley Farm Preserve – Bernard, Maine

Looking for a spot on Mount Desert Island to stretch your legs and enjoy Acadia views? Kelley Farm Preserve offers a short walk through open fields and along the tidal inlet Cousins Creek in upper Bass Harbor.   

Pond Island Preserve – Penobscot Bay, Maine

This magical island in East Penobscot Bay is almost entirely ringed with beaches and features a pond and stream perfect for small swimmers. Look out for crabs and little fish skittering around in the shallow water or porpoises surfacing near the beach.

Lampson Preserve – Castine and Penobscot, Maine

At just 22 acres, this preserve is just the right size for little ones. Enjoy the short trail that leads down to the shore at two places, and keep an eye out for wildlife! We often see seals or eagles and ospreys fishing in the fast current of the Bagaduce.

Sipp Bay Preserve – Perry, Maine

Enjoy water views, open fields, and easy access to the water at this downeast preserve. And in this remote part of the coast you’re all the more likely to spot some incredible wildlife.

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