School will be out soon, and you will have to fill those weeks somehow. If you are looking for some different adventures with your kids, try these 5 things just off the beaten path. 



DEW Haven made the news recently with some controversy about their wildlife park. A very critical magazine article came out about violations at DEW Haven. That led the cancelling of 'Yankee Jungle' a show that featured the park.

I wrote about this saying at the end of the article, 'I wanted to take the kids to this park -- now I don't know what to think.'

The outpouring of support for not only the owners, Bob and Julie Miner, but for the amazing park itself made me want to go and make up my own mind.

918 Pond Road, Mount Vernon  / (207) 293-2837





Having done this, I must say it was a great time! You are outdoors, exercising, on the water and surrounded by some great local nature! It's all put on by the Maine Audubon Society. There are moonlit tours, self guided tours and sunset tours. Definitely put this on your summer 'to do' list!

136 Pine Point Rd, Scarborough / (207) 883-5100





Do your kids climb around stuff at home like monkeys? Stop telling them to stop and take them to Monkey Trunks. It's like a combination of zip lining and ropes courses!

ZipTrekking is a hybrid between a Zipline Tour and an Aerial Trekking course. Simply put; it's awesome! Trek through the trees on our self navigated ZipTrek course consisting of a variety of ziplines and rope-course challenges within the trees. Unlike standard, guided zipline tours, our ZipTrek course allows participants to trek through the trees at their own pace; doing so by riding ziplines and navigating elements of varying difficulties. This is not a ride one zipline and wait for 6 other people to come behind you type of activity. After a brief ground school where you learn all of our safety rules, we unleash you up onto the course.

Sound like you might be up for the challenge? I know I live with 3 monkeys and this seems super cool! You definitely need to call for reservations.

98 Waterfall Road, Saco  /  (603)367-4427





I have such fond childhood memories of going to the drive-in. Would love to take the kids to Prides. They've been around since the 50's. There is some confusion on whether or not they are opening this season. I can't seem to find the answer online and calling them leads to a 'this number is no longer working' message. If anyone knows the scoop - please share.

651 Bridgton Road, Westbrook  /  (207) 797-3154





You do not need to be a train geek like Jeff to appreciate a ride on the Narrow Gauge in Portland. It's a great way to see one of the prettiest spots in all of Maine...Portland's Eastern Prom.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is dedicated to the preservation and operation of Maine’s two foot gauge railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public. The museum features exhibits relating to Maine’s narrow gauge railway history, several historic rail cars, activities for children, and a unique gift shop. Visitors may tour the museum only or can purchase a train ticket which includes both a self-guided tour of the museum and a scenic waterfront train ride.  The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is open from May through October and seasonally for events.

58 Fore Street, Portland  /  (207) 828-0814