5 Not-So-Typical Family Reunion Ideas Your Outdoorsy Family Will Love

Thinking about a family reunion in Maine? If you’ve got an outdoorsy family and three-legged races aren’t exactly your style, an active family reunion in the Maine woods might be the perfect thing! Whether you’re planning for a large or small group, these fun family reunion ideas will get your nature-loving family outside, making memories for a lifetime (no tug-of-war rope needed).

Here are five outdoor activities for family reunions, ranging from the adrenaline-pumping to more leisurely activities that all ages will love!


1. Spend a day on the river.

You can’t come to The Forks without going whitewater rafting, and weekdays are the perfect time to take the whole family. Even kids (ages 8+) and the less adventurous can join in on the lower section of the Kennebec! For an even more relaxed and carefree afternoon on the river, check out a float trip.

Even better news for staying on a budget during your family reunion: Kids under 18 raft for half price on weekdays all summer long!

Family rafting in Maine on an active family reunion

Maine family rafting - Northern Outdoors


2. Head out on a hike.

Whether you’re looking for a challenging summit, a waterfall trail, or something easier for all ages, western Maine has you covered with some spectacular hikes.

Group of people on top of Mosquito Mountain in Maine

Kid on top of a mountain in Maine on a family reunion

Family hiking in the woods in Maine - Northern Outdoors


3. Book a seaplane from Moosehead Lake.

This is great for those who aren’t quite as mobile but still enjoy a dose of adventure and want to see Maine’s beauty from above. It can be fun for adventurous kids and their parents, too!

Maine Lakes and mountains from above


4. Go fishin.

This is a great way for generations to connect and spend time together. Some of my favorite childhood memories were going fishing with my grandfather on a lake in northern Maine. Brook trout, landlocked salmon, or smallmouth bass–we’ve got some of the best fishing in our neck of the woods.

Kid holding a fish he caught on a lake in Maine - Northern Outdoors

Man holding a fish he caught in Maine on an active family reunion - Northern Outdoors


5. Go moose watching.

If you want a leisurely activity (or you just want to stay in your car away from the bugs), head out after dinner for a drive to see if you can spot a moose or two. This is fun for all ages, as it keeps everyone peering out their window to see if they can be the first to spot these huge creatures.

Maine moose in the water


Bonus tip: Make time for relaxation!

I know you love getting outside and staying active, but when your muscles are sore and your kids are exhausted, enjoy some relaxation time at your home away from home for the week. From conversations around the campfire to drinks at the brewery to soaking in the hot tub, we’ve got your R&R time covered!

Maine cabins - Northern Outdoors 


What are your favorite outdoor family memories? Do you have any active family reunion ideas would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!



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