Where to Vacation in Maine for Teenagers
Teenagers can be hard to please, but Maine offers vacation options that even the most difficult teenager will love. The best places to vacation in Maine for teenagers are Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport and Portland because they each offer something special. Each of these cities offers activities for teenagers to enjoy, from outdoor adventures to shopping. Choose a Maine city to visit based on your teen's interests. A teenager who spends 4 hours primping each morning is probably not going to enjoy hiking through mud, and a reckless adolescent who craves adventure is unlikely to have a blast antiquing. There is definitely a perfect vacation spot for your teenager in Maine. You just have to decide whether to visit Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport or Portland with your teenager.
Bar Harbor: A Town for Nature Adventures
Bar Harbor is a nature lover's paradise.
If your teenager enjoys adventures in nature, then Bar Harbor is a fantastic vacation selection. Start your trip off with Thunder Hole, where the sea crashes against the rocky Maine shore in Acadia National Park. At Thunder Hole, the sea may reach heights of 40 feet and tourists will get wet, so bring a change of clothes with you. Bar Harbor is not just a town for watching nature's power, however. Your next stop should be a Coastal Kayaking Tour so that you and your teen can explore the sea. Call (207) 288-9605 to schedule a guided kayak tour. Other popular nature activities in Bar Harbor are whale watching at Acadian Whale Adventures, hiking at Eagle Lake Loop and climbing with guidance at the Atlantic Climbing School.
Kennebunkport: Elegance and Artistry on the Beach
World famous artist L.A. Frechette has a gallery in Kennebunkport.
Kennebunkport is for the upscale beach lover. There are sandy beaches, amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, art galleries and fine dining. For the teenager with a taste for the finer things in life, Kennebunkport will delight. Some of the most popular art galleries in Kennebunkport are the Christopher Becker Gallery, Will Cunha Art Gallery and the L.A. Frechette Gallery. Prices are high, so be careful in the galleries while you browse. The dining options are equally impressive in Kennebunkport, and many of the fine food establishments boast exquisite ocean views in addition to mouthwatering cuisine. On the Marsh Dining (onthemarsh.com), Lucas On 9 (www.lucason9.com), and The Hurricane Restaurant (hurricanerestaurant.com) are some of the local favorites. Kennebunkport is the ideal vacation spot for a teenager who enjoys the beach, exposure to the work of internationally renown artists and the luxury of fine food.
Portland: A Shopping and Entertainment Hub
Portland is a shopper's paradise.
Is your teenager crazy about shopping? If so, she will fall in love with Portland, Maine. Be sure to bring plenty of cash with you, because your teenager is guaranteed to want plenty of souvenirs from trendy Portland shops like 2 Note Botanical Perfumery, Awear, Bliss, Cotton Garden and The Uncommon Market, which only features products by local providers. When you need a break from shopping, Portland also has tons of entertainment options. Take a 90-minute cruise by Eagle Island cruises (www.eagleislandtours.com), visit the childhood home of famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (mainehistory.org) or visit Victoria Mansion (www.victoriamansion.org). For the teenager who wants constant entertainment and a multitude of shopping options, Portland is the perfect Maine vacation town.
Jennifer Clary is a professional writer, award-winning filmmaker, and proud vegan. She is a graduate of Vassar College and has been published in Tail Slate Magazine and Freethought Magazine as well as online at Ehow.com, savemyair.com and gobblegreen.com/blog. Clary travels extensively with her films and especially treasures her experiences in Italy and Finland.
Maine offers something for everyone.