A couple of weeks ago we took a fantastic day trip to Peaks Island, Maine.
Such a great day!
We left home at about 7:15, made a pit stop in Danvers to meet up with my sister and nephew, and then drove on to Portland, Maine. A quick, easy drive. We arrived there in plenty of time to find a parking spot in one of the easily accessible and inexpensive lots, and take a quick walk to the 10:15 ferry.
The ferry ride to the island took about 20 minutes and was lovely. At less than $8 for adults and under $4 for kids….it also didn’t hurt the wallet much.
The second we arrived I was smitten. Totally charming, low key, welcoming, and picturesque.
We began our day by grabbing a bagel and coffee at Peaks Cafe before heading right next door to pick up our golf cart rental at Mike’s Carts. We called ahead to reserve our cart and paid just $50 for a three-hour rental. My sister and I sat upfront and took turns driving around the island while the three boys sat rear facing on the back seat. They were stoked and thought it was totally cool to get to sit like that and it was a fantastic way to see the island. We stopped at three little beachy areas to swim, collect shells and sea glass, and build rock sculptures…which is evidently something that you do when visiting Peaks Island.
After having toured the island by golf cart until satisfied, we returned it and walked right across the street to pick up our kayak rentals. It was kind of a snotty day on the water and the boys are only 6, 7, and 8 years old…so we kayaked pretty close to the shore for only 30 minutes. Because of the water conditions, the gentleman in charge of kayak rentals was willing to let us rent for less than the hourly rate so we paid $40 for three kayaks for 1/2 an hour. A great deal. We rented from the Peaks Island House.
Having worked up an appetite and a thirst, we walked across the street in a different direction (getting the idea of how close and easy everything is!?) and had a phenomenal little lunch and a delicious blueberry cocktail (because we were in Maine after all) outside at the Inn on Peaks Island. While eating lunch I checked out the prices to book a hotel reservation for the evening and it was totally reasonable. I should note that the 20 minute ferry ride for a mere $8 makes it worth while to stay on the island if you are visiting Portland because, for the most part, reserving a room in Portland was significantly more expensive. Just a thought.
After lunch, we walked a bit, went into two super cute little shops, and the boys got ice cream. We hopped on an afternoon ferry, grabbed an ice coffee for the ride home, found our car, stopped again in Danvers, and were still home by 6:30 in the evening.
A day trip that is fun, full of outdoor activity, and inexpensive!
Read more about the island HERE
Check out the ferry schedule HERE