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Old 11-08-2007, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Ligonier, PA
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Hi Folks, my wife, our little one and I are coming up the first week of April 2008 to have a look around. Our two major stops are Portland and Bangor.

Can you please post your "must see", "must do" and "best place to eat" lists!
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Old 11-08-2007, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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In Bangor take the little one to the Children's Discovery Museum. Kids of all ages love it.

In Portland take in the newly cleaned up waterfront, called the Old Port. It has many shops and original buildings.

In between, go to LL Beans. They never close.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:15 PM
 
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The Children's Museum in Portland ( right next to the Portland Art Museum) is awesome- esp if you have a 3 - 7 year old!!
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Catch the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field, you three can get good seats for under $20.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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wow....right off the top of my head, Bangor has just redone the waterfront, so that would be a nice walk, along with a stroll downtown before you head into the Children's Museum. Bangor also has a city forest that's a nice walk, along with some parks with play equipment for when the kids need to play and climb. There's also the Cole's Land Transportation Museum that's great to visit.

Oh! In Yarmouth, about 20 minutes outside of Portland, going north (toward Bangor), stop at the DeLorme Map Store. You will see the most amazing earth replica, "Eartha"--2 stories tall, that turns at the same rate as the earth--it's also lit at night and can be seen from the road.

In Portland you could take a walk along the waterfront walkway, someone mentioned the Old Port too, and the Children's Museum. There's also an art museum. There's a go cart place in Scarborough that's inside, and has those fast cars, but it would depend on the age of your child if you could do that. In Windham there's a movie and dinner thing that I can't think of the name of, and in Saco there's an old drive in movie theater but it probably won't be open then. Oh, there's Mackworth Island and Back Bay that you should visit too. Shipyard brewery for a tour?

Now, my biggest recommendation is this--if you like the outdoors and want to do some exploring, buy a GPS ($100). You can geocache and it will take you to a lot of different places---except Malls and stores and restaurants . To learn more about geocaching if you don't know what that is, go to Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site and read the "about" page. When we went to Montana last spring, we used geocaching as a way to explore different areas. It allowed us to visit places on and off the beaten path

You should know too that those first couple of weeks in April in Maine can be unpredictable weather wise. We got a considerable amount of snow in the first week of April this year, and although it won't stay, it can make things messy for a day or so. Also, a lot of places that are seasonal won't be open when you visit.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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Don't forget the obligatory family photo in front of Stephen King's house!!!
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