Posted on: September 25, 2020
Exploring Moosehead with Kids
Most of the golden memories of childhood are set in the outdoors. The first-ever camping trip, learning how to cast a fly rod, kayaking silently across the surface of the lake at sunset, or catching sight of a moose leave lasting impressions and a sense of joy and exploration. Moosehead offers a plethora of ways to introduce kids to the magic of being outside.
ON THE WATER
During warmer weather, swimming is a go-to activity for nearly all ages. Find sweet swimming spots at Lily Bay, the Red Cross Beach, or the Junction Wharf. For a little more action, grab a tube at Northwoods Outfitters (or rent from Gray Ghost Camps) for a great ride down the Moose River. The most adventurous hearts (eight years old and up) can experience the thrill of whitewater rafting with Northeast White Water.
Both solo and guided fishing trips are available on Moosehead, and boating options are endless. Rent a pontoon boat from Captain Roger’s Pontoon Boat Rental, Maynard’s, or Lawrence’s Lakeside Cabins to explore the water in comfort and with space for friends (they’re the best for water games and hanging out with snacks afterward!). Paddle the stunning and peaceful Prong Pond – a favorite of locals and visitors alike – in a canoe rented from Northwoods Outfitters. Feeling puckish? Kids ALWAYS have to eat, so hit the Birches for lunch as a family, then take advantage of their wide selection of rental equipment (boats, kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes) to plan the next adventure together.
SOAKING IN THE SIGHTS
Taking the shuttle into Kineo is not only entertainment in itself, but offers access to hiking, stunning views and Pebble Beach. For even more views and a bit of history, hop on The Katahdin Steamship and be treated to an up-close look at the lake (and more snacks). The best lunches on land can be found at Indian Hill Grocery Store, Moosehead Meat & Deli, Jamo’s, Northwoods Gourmet Girl, The Dairy Bar or Bretton’s and are best enjoyed picnic style with a view of woods or water. Keep your little one’s eyes peeled to spot a moose – a local guide can help find the best spots for scouting Moosehead’s namesake.
Put the energy of youth to good use by walking the trail to Lily Bay State Park or exploring Goodell Falls and Spectacle Falls, just off the Appalachian Trail. The Marine Museum or the Moosehead Hisorical Society Museums offer engrossing education on Native American History, aviation, and outdoor heritage, to name a few. When it’s time for lighter entertainment, Mud Puddle Mercantile, Kamp Kamp Indian Store and Candy Shop and Northern Maine Mineral Store are a great place to scout out the coolest rocks and locally made treasures.
The best campgrounds offer amenities for kids along with the essentials. Balsam Woods Campground and Moosehead Family Campground are great spots to pitch a tent, park the camper or pull in an RV, and both have access to even more activities and action. While camping, don’t forget to stay up late to unwind, lay on your backs, and look at the stars. It’s an essential childhood memory!
One of the joys of Moosehead is that it’s family-friendly all year long. When colder weather hits, dust off your skates and take the family ice skating at the rink behind the Greenville High School or at the Piscataquis County Ice Arena (the kids will love showing off all the tricks they have learned!). Cross country ski or rent show shoes at the VC Nickerson Tree Farm Trails or A Fierce Chase in Monson to get an up-close look at vacationland in the most peaceful season. If the kids are looking for more speed, Squaw Mountain has slopes for all levels of skiers with lessons for even the littlest of learners.