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How One Family Does Maine Adventure Fun With Kids

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North Woods Cabins at Northern Outdoors, behind the lodge.

We love it when families come for an adventure getaway with here in Maine and enjoy active and chill time together, weaving deeper connections and lifelong memories.  The homeschooling mom and author of Life With 4 Boys brought a few of her clan up to Maine for some play time at The Forks as part of a 90-day road trip she’s doing with her kids. (I know, pretty dang ambitious, right?)

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Playing pool at the adventure resort lodge in The Forks.

She and her sons jumped right into kid-friendly activities here at our adventure resort in The Forks – hiking, a float trip down the lowest section of the Kennebec (below where the regular white water rafting trip ends), swimming in the resort’s pool, playing some pool in the great room of the lodge,  and simply hanging out on the back patio enjoying our kid-friendly menu. They opted to stay in one of our funky logdominiums (think log cabin condominium), located only steps away from our lodge. Their float trip in inflatable kayaks down the lower Kennebec was perfect for the mixed ages (8, 11 and 14) of the kids.  The class 1-2 easy-moving water of the lower Kennebec enabled each boy to experience self-guided paddling on the river – let’s hear it for independence for kids!  This worked out great for this family. Our age cut-off for white water rafting trips on the Kennebec is 10 and up, with 8-year-olds able to join the trip at lunchtime for the second half of the trip where the white water is not class 4.  Their youngest boy was too young to do the entire regular Kennebec rafting trip, and they decided not to split up for the upper Kennebec morning rafting and then regroup at lunch.  (We have plenty of families do it that way too, very successfully. In fact, that’s what I did with my munchkin when he wasn’t quite old enough for the upper Kennebec. He loved the lower section after lunch where the trip is a combination of rafts and inflatable kayaks to play in.)

Our blogger mom shot some lovely photos and shared her thoughts on our adventure resort amenities, of which there are plenty! Check out her full blog at Life With 4 Boys. We hope you’ll come visit us and find out for yourself (and your family) exactly how much fun can be had at Northern Outdoors.

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