Bowlers descend upon 20 prepped and polished lanes to partake in the New England tradition of candlepin bowling at 1-7-10 Bowling & Entertainment Center or Good Times Lanes. Candlepin bowling ups the ante on normal alley games, arming competitors with three smaller balls sans holes and mercy to hurl at thinner pins standing in the place of their curvy counterparts. After the devious pins are toppled, they are left lying in the pin deck for additional pummeling until the end of each player's turn before being swept off and reset. As bowlers glide their way through multiple challenging rounds in slick-bottomed footwear, arcade games jingle and flash in the background to distract pins that have developed human intelligence. Free bumpers help tykes eliminate discouraging gutter balls, and groups of six refuel by slurping from an included pitcher or 2-liter bottle of soda. Five TVs glow on the walls of 1-7-10, reflecting the pizzas served at Splitters Sports Bar and Grille.
With access to thousands of acres of forests and fields, Carousel Horse Farm's expert equestrians take riders of all skill levels on scenic jaunts through the Maine countryside. Private or group trail rides in Casco explore the local woods, hills, and fields, sometimes including stops to fetch ice cream or to wipe down horses' windshields. Horse-drawn carriage rides, offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day, provide an opportunity to admire Old Orchard Beach in the summer. Guided beach horseback rides are also available from October 15 through April 30.
New Boston Farm utilizes its spacious equestrian center to teach and train enthusiasts of all ability levels to become skilled and safe horseback riders. In the indoor- and outdoor-riding retreat, beginners can learn the basics of sitting atop steeds, becoming acquainted with the psychology and physiology of the horse and its fascination with the telephone game. Fifty-minute introductory classes begin with standard pony preparation, which involves leading, grooming, and tacking up the horse before asking it for a piggyback ride and your own share of oats.
Windward Farm owner Sandra Davis brands her sylvan piece of Maine as a friendly and welcoming environment for beginning to intermediate riders to practice whatever riding discipline they wish. Lesson horses make for suitable learning animals as students learn to command their saddled friends in the insulated 72’x200’ indoor arena or the 100’x220’ outdoor arena.
The farm also hosts camps during the summer, when youngsters aged 7–16 descend on the grounds to learn and have fun under the close watch of highly qualified counselors who make sure campers don’t practice unsafe riding technique or try to sneak horses in their minivans at the end of the day. During their time on the farm, children learn equestrian tidbits such as grooming and tacking up their horse as well as efficient riding, and they spend the rest of their time making arts and crafts projects and playing games.
Seacoast Adventure gets families outdoors yearlong to breeze down ziplines, pilot go-karts, and putt around the 18-hole mini golf course. They also navigate the obstacles of attractions such as Crazy Apes Adventure Park, a network of elevated rope courses, and soar on the 100-foot Sky Swing. On winter weekends, 12 lanes of snow tubing beckon them, and at any time of year, the café provides respite with burgers and pizza, hot and cold drinks, and soft-serve ice cream.
With an extensive collection of nautical artifacts and memorabilia curated over the course of 50 years, Maine Maritime Museum immerses visitors in the history of Maine's storied relationship with the sea. The museum's sizeable permanent collection of more than 20,000 objects is housed in converted buildings scattered across a 20-acre former shipyard and includes the world's largest display of historic shipbuilding tools, hundreds of ship models and paintings, and Redbeard's hair dye. The library protects millions of rare manuscripts and documents in its climate-controlled interior, offering researchers glimpses of historical maps, charts, and ship plans. Members also receive advance notice of the constantly rotating temporary exhibits, such as the currently running Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History and Boats Rock, Literally.