Clouds in Ogunquit Maine

Four Rainy Day Activities on the Maine Coast

July 30, 2014 in Explore Ogunquit, Family, Things to Do by admin

 Rainy Day Activities in Ogunquit Maine

Looking forward to a Maine beach vacation, it’s easy to forget that the wildflowers and lush greenery couldn’t grow without the occasional raindrop. Most visitors would certainly prefer that the rain conduct its business outside of their vacation time, but that can’t always be the case. Fear not, because even if the clouds roll in, there are plenty of rainy day activities on the Maine coast around Ogunquit that can complement the perfect beachside vacation.

Examine Fine Art in Ogunquit

Paintings, drawings, and a healthy percentage of sculptures are at least as adverse to rain as you are, so why not join them indoors at one of the nearby galleries or museums? The Ogunquit Museum of American Art houses over 2,000 works in its permanent collection, enough to hold your interest even through a deluge of Biblical proportions. If you’re partial to contemporary local artists, you can discover their work at the Barn Gallery. The artists who run it often host events like workshops, gallery talks, and panel discussions.

Sit Back and Enjoy the ShowRainy Day Activities on the Maine Coast

The sun might get stage fright once in a while, but professional actors are ready to perform for you in Ogunquit rain or shine. The Ogunquit Playhouse, with its full-scale productions of musicals musicals both classic and new, has been dazzling audiences for over 80 years. Actors from an original Broadway hit have been known to drop in to see the show’s latest incarnation, and the playhouse is one of former President George H.W. Bush’s favorite spots, too. You can also catch the latest flicks with popcorn in hand at the Leavitt Fine Arts Theatre, which has entertained Ogunquit since 1923 and retains much of its original style.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Like the Postal Service, lobstermen and fishermen from the Maine coast are out working no matter what the weather. The eateries they provide for will still be serving all the fresh seafood you can imagine. Some even have covered porches, so you can bask in the fresh ocean air without getting wet. For a fine dinner suited for a couple or special occasion, look no further than the Old Village Inn on Main Street in Ogunquit. In the mood for something a little more casual? The Lobster Shack prides itself on hot chowder, cold beer, and a great time. Or, if your focus is more on the taproom than the food, you can tour Maine’s extensive network of craft breweries on the Maine Brew Bus.

Stay In and Play

Sometimes when the skies are gray, all you want to do is batten down the hatches and spend time with the family. This can be an especially great option if you’re in need of a rainy day activity for kids. Nothing brings people together quite like a board game or a few hands of cards in an Ogunquit cottage at the Dunes on the Waterfront. Just visit the office to borrow something from our game shelf.

Don’t forget to check outside every now and then because the sun will be back in no time!

Ogunquit Lobstering Cruises, Finest Kind

Things to Do with Kids in Ogunquit, ME

January 30, 2014 in Explore Ogunquit, Family, Things to Do, Uncategorized by admin

One of the best things about the town of Ogunquit is that it’s truly a family destination. There are plenty of things to do with kids in Ogunquit, from fun on the sandy beaches to sea-worthy adventures. Since you’ll need a long and varied list of ways to keep the kids busy, we’ve put together a guide to some of our favorite family-friendly activities at The Dunes, in our town and other places nearby.

Ogunquit Lobstering Cruises, Finest Kind

Finest Kind Cruises

First off, there’s the beautiful Ogunquit Beach and all of the possibility that comes with it. You can build sandcastles, fly kites, or just watch the tides roll in. Ogunquit’s beaches are famous for their beauty, and your whole family will certainly appreciate the soft sand. If you’re in need, Ogunquit Beach ‘n’ Sport has beach equipment such as chairs, coolers, and boogie boards available to rent.

You can also go beyond the beach and take in some of the beautiful sights of Southern Maine. One exciting adventure for kids and adults alike is a lobstering tour, such as those offered by Finest Kind Cruises. You’ll get to go out into Perkins Cove on an authentic lobster boat and help the crew haul in lobster pots while learning about the history and process of lobster fishing. You’ll also get great views of the Maine coast and many nearby points of interest.

If you’re more of a landlubber (or aren’t too sure about your sea legs), you can also make a stop into Wonder Mountain Fun Park, a great family amusement park that includes two 18-hole miniature golf courses, a video game arcade, and New England’s largest man-made human maze! Just don’t get lost inside!

Kids Theater Camp at Ogunquit Playhouse After the sun goes down, there’s still plenty to do with your family in Ogunquit. One of the best family activities in town is a play or musical at the renowned Ogunquit Playhouse. Featuring Broadway classics and fantastic revivals, the Ogunquit Playhouse brings the magic of big-city theatre to the Maine coast. There’s even a Children’s theatre, with shows for the little ones like Peter Pan and Cinderella, as well as a theatre camp that lets your kids take part in the action!

Finally, no family visit to Ogunquit would be complete without a tour of some of our fantastic museums or art galleries. There are a number of great educational museums and historical sites around town, the best of which can be found in our recent blog post on museums in Ogunquit. Or, if you’re up for a short car trip (about half an hour), you can visit the Children’s Museum of Maine in Portland, which has a huge number of kid-friendly exhibits and activities.

Simply put, there are more things to do with your family in Ogunquit than we can list here. But one thing is for sure – no matter what else you do, you and your family will be happy to return to your cottage at Dunes on the Waterfront. With spacious accommodations and all the amenities you could want, we’re in the business of making your Maine vacation great.

Springtime Activities include Ogunquit Beach

Family Activities in Maine for the Spring

January 17, 2014 in Explore Ogunquit, Family, Things to Do by admin

When most people consider a Maine vacation, they’re thinking of coming during the balmy summer months. However, there are lots of things to do outside of that timeframe, and off-season visits can be more relaxed, less crowded and just as enjoyable. If you want to plan a fun spring vacation to Ogunquit with your family, here are a few of our picks for the best family activities in Maine during the early season.

First,  don’t let slightly cooler weather dissuade you from visiting Ogunquit’s famous beaches. You’ll likely have the sand all to yourself during the spring months, making it a perfect place for a spring picnic with your family or for some kite-flying or sandcastle building. At The Dunes, exploring the Tidal River in one of our rowboats is a fun diversion, too. Just remember, even though the weather is typically milder, you can still get sunburn if you’re out on the beach all day, so bring your sunscreen!

Springtime Activities include Ogunquit Beach

Next, take a walk down Marginal Way to view the shoreline scenery without the crowds. As one of the only paved public shoreline paths in New England, Marginal Way offers a unique experience that takes you past some of the most beautiful and iconic Maine scenery you’ll ever find. The trail also takes you right to the heart of Ogunquit, making it easy to stop off for a bite to eat if you’re feeling peckish.

The Village Food Market in downtown OgunquitAnother popular spring activity in Ogunquit is exploring some of the many popular restaurants — and having them nearly to yourselves! The Lobster Shack is a local favorite for the quintessential Maine dish, and the Village Food Market is famous for being a combination of sandwich shop, butcher, bakery, and grocery store. You and your family’s pickiest eaters will find something you’ll love inside.

If you’re in the mood, another great family activity in southern Maine is that old standby, a shopping trip. The Kittery Outlets, just south of Ogunquit, are a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, and for good reason. You’ll find tons of brand-name goods at rock-bottom prices, all in one convenient location. You can also visit the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, barely an hour away, where you’ll find outdoor gear, apparel and home goods to take a bit — or more than a bit — of Maine style with you.

Finally, you might want to take advantage of some of the local spring festivals and special activities. Patriot’s Day is a special treat in Ogunquit, with a weekend-long celebration that has been called “The Best Show of Patriotism.” The festival includes concerts, crafts, local foods, and wine tastings, giving the entire family something to look forward to.

We’ve only scratched the surface of all the great spring activities for families in Ogunquit. But no matter what you choose to do, you can certainly count on Dunes on the Waterfront to provide a comfortable place to stay. With both beach-view guest rooms and private cottages, your whole family will be able to rest and relax just feet away from Ogunquit’s beaches. What more could you ask for?