Winters are long here in the Pine Tree State, and once the frost thaws and the sun comes out, it can only mean one thing: time to cool down and enjoy the water. There are lots of options, ranging from incredible beaches to rivers and lakes. But, my favorites are always the best waterparks in Maine! At the first sign of sunshine, you’ll certainly find us Mainers ready to rock and roll at one of the state’s many amazing waterparks. From lazy rivers to epic water slides, amusement park attractions to cool wave pools, you’ll find it all — and more — at these epic waterparks in Maine.

Have you been to any of the parks on this list? What are your favorite waterparks in Maine to visit when temps heat up? If you’ve visited these, share your tips and tricks for making a visit the best it can be. And, you can always share your thoughts with us on the Only in Maine Facebook page!

Another great way to cool down is by visiting our 3,500+ miles of incredible coastline. You’ll find them from southern Maine to Downeast, but some of the best offers the ability to camp right on the beach!

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What are some family-friendly summer activities in Maine?

There are plenty of family-friendly summer activities in Maine to enjoy. A few of the best include:

  • Take Flight Aerial Adventure Park, Kittery: This place is so large and impressive that it can be seen right from the road. So, there's a good chance you've already seen it and wondered what it was. The park offers a huge adventure course with more than 65 activities including catwalks, lots of things that swing, and more than a dozen cargo nets, so everyone in your party is sure to have a good time.
  • Popham State Park, Phippsburg: This state park offers everything a family might need to keep everyone of all ages entertained. Come to enjoy the beach, the picnic areas, and the hiking trails for a full day of fun in the sun.
  • Tubing on a lazy river: There are many rivers to enjoy in Maine and quite a few are perfect for easy tubing. You can bring your own tube or find an outfitter that will provide both tubes and transportation to and from the water.


What are some fun things to do in the summer in Maine?

There are quite a few fun things to do in the summer in Maine. A few of the most popular ideas include:

  • Beach hikes: Head to The Wells Reserve at Laudholm for a leisurely stroll through the woods, towards the water, and ultimately to the beach.
  • Natural waterfall slides: Waterparks are always a good time but Maine is full of naturally occurring places to cool down. Step Falls Preserve, located near the New Hampshire border, is a great example.
  • Check out the local tidal pools: There's a lot of coast here in Maine, which means plenty of spots to enjoy the water. Some of our favorite attractions are the tide pools that exist up and down the coastline.
  • Take a dip in a swimming hole: Take a dip in a natural pool to cool down. Many can be reached by taking a hike on a lovely trail. But, be prepared! These are often quite cold.


What are the most beautiful beaches in Maine?

There are quite a few beautiful beaches in Maine located throughout the state. Some local favorites are:

  • Laudholm Beach, Wells: Located within the Well Reserve at Laudholm, this beach can be reached by taking the Knight Trail to Barrier Beach Trail leading to Laudholm Beach.
  • Jasper Beach, Machiasport: While perhaps not great for laying out in the sun, the unique thing about this beach is the presence of perfectly smooth, colorful stones.
  • Old Orchard Beach, York County: A Maine favorite, this incredible beach offers seven miles of sand and lots of fun along the pier. If you want to make a vacation out of your visit, choose one of the many hotels, motels, and vacation rentals in the area.
  • Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth: Small, but mighty, this beautiful beach has it all. A long sandy beach offers space to spread out and the snack bar means sweet treats throughout the day. There's also plenty of parking so you don't need to worry about walking terribly far to bring the shovels and boards.


If you just can't choose one favorite beach to visit, you might want to consider taking a road trip to some of the most wonderful hidden beaches located throughout the state.

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