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Family-Friendly Water Activities in Ogunquit, Maine

Now’s prime time for getting out on the marvelous waters at our doorstep here in the Beautiful Place by the Sea, with the perfect accommodations courtesy of!

If you’re joining us at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn, the Cottage at Acorn Lane, or the Milestone with a full family crew, here’s a look at some awesome all-ages options for exploring our Gulf of Maine backyard.

Kayaking With Harbor Adventures

Based in York Harbor to the near south but departing from multiple locations along our stretch of coast, Harbor Adventures leads some fabulous kayaking tours and lessons tapping the knowledge of lead guide and Maine native son James Kennedy. The many options range from four-hour introductory lessons in sea kayaking to sunset and full-moon paddles, plus custom lighthouse tours and other good stuff.

World Within Kayak Rentals

Set right along the Ogunquit River just a stone’s throw from our accommodations, World Within rents single and double kayaks as well as stand-up paddleboards at a prime location. You can head downstream along Ogunquit Beach to the river mouth or point your nose upriver to explore the productive and protective estuaries and tidelands of Wells.

Keep your eyes peeled for great blue herons, raptors, white-tailed deer—maybe even a moose!

Fish for Stripers & More With Salty Lewer

Take the gang out after striped bass, bluefish, and mackerel on a fishing charter guided by U.S. Coast Guard-certified Captain Bryan Lewer. Salty Lewer Charter Fishing runs out of Perkins Cove here in Ogunquit, offering two-, three-, and four-hour fishing expeditions for these fabled game fish that can be tailored to suit your schedule and ambitions.

Ocean Jet Ski Rentals

If you’d like to ramp up the action and the adrenaline, meanwhile, you’ve got the perfect family-friendly watersports option in the form of Ocean Jet Ski Rentals just a hop, skip, and a jump north in Wells. Take advantage of great rates for topnotch Waverunners, your rental including life jackets, gear storage, and (for cooler conditions) wetsuits at no extra charge. You don’t need any previous experience with jet skis to give them a go with Ocean Jet Ski Rentals!

Go Whale Watching Off the Ogunquit Coast

A variety of local companies offer whale-watching cruises this time of year offshore in the Gulf of Maine, where such magnificent cetacean giants as humpback, finback, and blue whales congregate. Check out our previous blogpost to learn more about this amazing local ecotourism opportunity! 

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Book direct with for the best rates at our Beautiful Place by the Sea accommodations and get out on the water with everybody on the perfect Southern Maine summer vacation!