What Moms Want for Family Vacations. Does Acadia National Park in Maine Fill the Bill?

Even a Tiger Mom shares something with all mothers: she wants the best for her kids.  And that includes a family vacation that is full of what makes great memories.

Last summer President Obama and the First Lady chose Acadia National Park for a summertime vacation.  Perhaps it was because it fulfilled on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” agenda.

What’s on your wish list? More family time?  Beach time?  Somewhere you’ve never been?  No in-laws?  Well, Acadia National Park can’t promise everything, but here’s a sampling of what most moms want and what you can expect.

Things We Can Do Together – All year family members are rushing in different directions – to soccer, gymnastics, and the SAT tutor.  Summer vacation is the time to bring everyone together through activities everyone enjoys.  Acadia National Park offers 130 miles of hiking trails and 57 miles of car-free carriage roads for biking – with a family picnic to celebrate reaching the destination. 

But Everyone Needs to Go Separate Ways Sometimes – A little bit of freedom for family members to assert their individuality is necessary for peace and a shot at something memorable for all.  Don’t worry.  Teenagers can take the free Island Explorer bus to shop, go to the movies and explore Bar Harbor, while other family members go for miniature golf.

An Opportunity to Learn – The National Park Service in Acadia offers ranger-led programs that are fascinating for individuals of all ages.  You may want to explore the Stars over Sand Beach, Birds of Prey, or Sketching by the Sea.

The Beach! Sand Beach, a stunning sandy crescent enclosed by dramatic cliffs, offers a respite everyone can enjoy.  Whether the goal is building a sand castle or getting some rays, it’s fun for all.  There’s even a hiking trail overlooking the beach.

A Chance to Try Something New – Rock climbing outings for the entire family let you find out that you can do what you never thought possible – for example, rappelling off a 60-foot cliff over pounding surf and then climbing back up!  Acadia offers adventure that includes whale watching trips, sightseeing flights, and sea kayaking trips.

Plenty of Options for Where to Stay – Mount Desert Island has an array of accommodations that range from free campgrounds to luxurious historic inns.  A great option for families is to rent a house.  You can find well-priced, spic-and-span homes that make breakfast easy.  And there’s always a lobster pot.

Lots of Choices for Where to Eat – What’s your pleasure?  BBQ at picnic tables at a local micro-brewery?  A lobster pound overlooking a working harbor?  Relaxed, but refined dining featuring the best in seafood and local organic produce?  Click here to get specific restaurant recommendations near Acadia National Park for all of these categories!

A Little Indulgence for Mom  Everyone needs a break and that includes hardworking moms.  Even if you opted for camping, you can get a little luxury at a nearby spa.  Bar Harbor, for example, is home to spas that range from elegant to “crunchy-set” spiritual.  Sunsets and gardens (Asticous Azalea Garden or Thuya Garden) are equally serene.

If you’d like to see a sample 7-day itinerary for a vacation to Acadia National Park, consult OUR ACADIA.  It has more tips on what to do with kids and detailed listings for kayaking trips, rock climbing guides, the best miniature golf course, restaurants, realtors, and places to stay.




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