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Maine Family White Water Rafting Vacations

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Maine White Water Rafting Vacations Make The Best Family Vacations!

It's never too early to plan your family adventure vacation - especially when your vacation time is limited, dates are fixed, and the kids are getting older fast!

10 Reasons Why Northern Outdoors Makes It Easy for Families

  1. Kids Raft Half Price: on weekdays ALL summer long! No other outfitter offers this!
  2. Family-friendly resort with heated swimming pool & giant hot tub
  3. Arcade room, volleyball, basketball, and outdoor lighted games patio
  4. Hassle-free family rafting and adventure vacation packages
  5. Complete lodging choices for every budget and taste: cabin rentals to riverside campsites
  6. Our Northern Outdoors restaurant is a kid-friendly full-service restaurant, and the grownups love our Kennebec River Brewery
  7. Convenient wireless at The Forks Resort Center lodge
  8. Riverside trails, hiking and guided fishing trips
  9. Free use of sit-on-top kayaks to explore your very own private lake at our resort: No other outfitter has this!
  10. Kid-sized rafting gear - PFDs, paddles, helmets & complete wetsuit gear that fits your kids. Maximum fun for them, maximum confidence for you!

Kids Raft Half Price All Summer - Weekdays on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers!

  • Valid for kids ages 8-17 on the Kennebec
  • Valid for kids ages 15-17 on Penobscot
  • Offer good for all weekdays June 8 through August 31, 2015. One child per adult.
These two great rivers vary in difficulty, thus the age restrictions we voluntarily place on these rafting trips, for the safety and enjoyment of our youngest adventurers. The Upper Penobscot is Class IV-V white water, the Kennebec River is Class III-IV whitewater.

Family Rafting Maine - Northern Outdoors

Midweek vacations offer the best value for families with Northern Outdoors. No other adventure company offers half price kids' rafting in Maine! We understand the importance of getting families out together for active vacations, and we make it easy for you.
See lodging rates here.

Note to Family Vacation Planners!:
Weekend dates sell out, midweek dates have good availability up to a month in advance. Opening dates on each river are:
  • Kennebec River - Season Dates: May 4th-October 12th, 2014
  • Dead River - Season Dates: Only 8 Releases Between May 3rd - October 4th, 2014
  • Penobscot River - Season Dates : May 24th - September 7th, 2014

We understand the importance of getting families out together for active vacations, and we make it easy for you. Don’t worry, your kids (and you!) don’t have to leave all their high tech connections behind, we have wireless internet in our main lodge. Your Maine vacation experience lasts far beyond your actual trip. That’s priceless - for you - and for those lucky family members you bring with you.  

Building Family Traditions - What 25 Years of Family Rafting Getaways Means to the McCarthy Family

Maine Family Rafting - Northern OutdoorsHear what the McCarthy family has to say about their tradition of taking a Maine whitewater rafting vacation with Northern Outdoors every summer. The McCarthy family and friends have been rafting with Northern Outdoors for 25 years. We sat down with them one sunny afternoon on the banks of the Kennebec River and they shared some of their favorite memories of the past quarter century with us. Their kids started when they were 10 years old and remember huge fun, while rafting in all kinds of weather. Thanks for an awesome 25 years McCarthys, we look forward to making memories with you guys for another 25 years!
Find out more about Family Vacations with Northern Outdoors

Choose From Three Rivers, Four Trips, One Fantastic Family Vacation

Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting Trips

(For elementary and middle school age kids, ages 8 and up)
There are lots of good reasons why the Kennebec is the most popular river in New England. It offers consistent Class II, III & IV white water rafting in the spectacular Maine wilderness all summer and fall.

Penobscot River Whitewater Rafting Trips

(For middle and high school kids, ages 12 and up)
Looking for awesome whitewater action? The Penobscot River has it!  We've extended our traditional half price kids' pricing to the mighty Penobscot River, for kids ages 15-17 for the full river trip (Upper and Lower Penobscot).

Dead River White Water Rafting Trips

(For high school kids, ages 15 and up)
With more continuous white water than any other river in the East, rafting on the Dead River puts you smack in the middle of “experiential intensity”!  Learn more.

Lower Kennebec Float Trips

(For elementary and middle school age kids, ages 8 and up)
This self-guided trip starts at take-out of the main Kennebec River rafting trip, below all the major rapids of the Upper and Lower sections.  Learn more.


Maine Rafting Kennebec River - Northern Outdoors

Family Adventure Getaway Packages

(For elementary school age kids, ages 8 and up)
Want to take your family in the outdoors and don’t know where to start? Choose from our Mom-approved and kid-tested all-inclusive Family Adventure Getaway Packages! Make your family time affordable, fun, and hassle-free. Learn more. 

More Northern Outdoors Adventures

Visit our Adventures section to learn about all the other activities you can enjoy with your family on your Maine North Woods vacation with Northern Outdoors. Choose from self-guided to guided options, and lodging for every budget from deluxe campsites to luxury cabins. Learn more.

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Your Family Package was a great way to introduce our two suburban, TV loving children to the wonders of Maine. And, it didn't hurt that the whitewater rafting was more exciting than any theme park ride! Our family will definitely be back.

– Jim M. - Norwalk, CT
Just had the best time ever rafting the Kennebec. Will be back to do Dead River and the Penobscot. Thank you all for such a fantastic time. The staff/ guides are all stars. Hopefully see you all next year

– Catherine L.