Family Activities

Culture and Family Activities Near Portland

Inn by the Sea and the surrounding area is rich in scenic and recreational opportunity. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy our close proximity to fishing, boating, nature walks and sports of many kinds. Culture vultures will find music, theater, and museums just minutes away in downtown Portland. And for those whose vacations are not complete without some power shopping, Portland abounds with owner-operated shops, galleries, and boutiques filled with fashion, supplies, and objects d’art you simply won’t find elsewhere.

There is so much here you may run out of time before you run out of things to do. But make sure you save time for plenty of serene relaxation right here on Crescent Beach.

Seasonal Activities

Portland Science Center

Stop by the new Portland Science Center located in Downtown Portland on Commercial Street and take a journey back in time beginning on November 18th  take in Dinosaurs Unearthed presented by Premier Exhibitions and The Portland Science Center. Be transported to an era 65 million years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth with state of the art technology and research allows visitors to experience how dinosaurs looked, moved, and sounded when they roamed the earth.

Local Sports Teams

Join the Portland Sea Dogs (schedule), Maine's Double-A Affiliate to the Boston Red Sox for a fun family day at the ballpark.


Activities by the Sea

Connect to the Maine experience at the Inn with summer activities designed for the whole family.  Daily yoga on the seaside lawn offers a moment of quiet, stretching and reflection before a busy day on the coast. Bug’s Life garden tours for young children is a fun educational activity where children create bug costumes and learn about ecosystems from a bug’s vantage point. Adults enjoy garden tours with Derrick Daly, the Inn’s head gardener, who shares his passion for planting and teaches how to plant ever-blooming gardens that also create habitat and food for wildlife. Or stroll along the beach with a local naturalist and learn about the Inn’s natural environment and beach ecology. Cape Elizabeth offers walking trails on the ocean’s edge, through the woods or around Great Pond. Nearby, Portland offers water activities, ferries to islands in Casco Bay, an interactive children’s museum, a science center, or cruise on an authentic Lobster Boat  on Casco Bay and haul traps aboard the Lucky Catch. Just south of the Inn the Audubon Preserve offers guided watchable wildlife tours in canoes or kayaks. Guest services will be happy to connect you to many of the wonderful tours that connect you to the Maine experience.


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