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As a kid growing up, ice skating was my favorite pastime during the winter. My siblings and I would always like to go ice skating at one of the ponds only our property had access to. My brothers would skate around the pond, pulling me and my sisters on sleds or push us around on chairs.

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For those without skates, Southern Maine has plenty of few public ice skating arenas that provide ice skate rentals. Ice skating in arenas definitely has its perks.

Since my family owns private property next to two ponds, I get to go skating not only for free but privately with friends and family. But there are a few cons to outdoor skating. Cons? Surprising, right? 

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Go where the locals go in Southern Maine at our local bars. Many of the beach towns highly visited by tourists have a volume of high-end restaurants, however, these places are rarely where Maine residents go. Locals around town go to biker bars. Curious to experience local life? Go where all the locals go.

Check out some of  Southern Maine’s townie bars–they’re cheap and always a good time. Our townies are even amusing to us Southern Maine residents (there is a difference between the two). 

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Seacoast Snow Park, the winter version of Seacoast Fun Park opens today, December 26. YES! There’s a few public sledding areas, but snow park has one of the best snow tubing around. 

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Apart from skiing and snowboarding, you can also go snowshoeing and cross country skiing in southern Maine. Do you know why Maine is known as the Vacationland? Because Maine’s wilderness provides us with something to do all year round!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the city scene. Boston and New York are my favorites–they’re awesome. But there’s no difference being in a city during the summer or winter…just that there’s snow on the ground. What’s different in Maine? Well for one thing, the trails we enjoy for mountain biking or horseback riding in the summer are now available for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

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In a previous post, I mentioned the Maine Bound Adventure Center indoor rock wall at the University of Maine. This is a great avenue for doing outdoor activities with Maine guides through the university since Maine Bound takes groups to outings and vacations for crazy cheap!

Often you’ll find paddle board lessons for $75 ($100 private lessons) with $15 for an hour rental. Maine Bound takes paddle board groups to the Stillwater River for $15 for non-members, with $50 lessons. 

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Among the many night life attractions in Southern Maine, Portland has a funny bone in the Comedy Connection on Fore Street. This comedy venue is one of the very few in Southern Maine. In fact, it’s only one of two comedy clubs in Southern Maine, both of which are in the Portland area.

This is one of the things to do in Southern Maine that visitors can check out while on vacation any time of the year.  

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When I was little, one of my favorite places to go was the roller skating rink in Southern Maine. Unfortunately, it closed down in my town, but there are still a few roller skating rinks in the Southern Maine area.

While it is becoming less common to see people roller skating and more common to see people biking and skateboarding  on the side of the road here in Southern Maine, roller skating is still always popular with the kids. I used to to go the Happy Wheels Skate Center with friends back in high school pretty often during the school year since it was cheap and it was a fun alternative to the bar scene at the Old Port. 

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Need more ideas for fun things to do in southern Maine with the kids? Southern Maine has two game centers for kids to play laser tag. But who needs to use the kids as an excuse to play laser tag? It’s awesome! Just look at Barney Stinson:

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If you’re interested in a night of bowling, then Bayside Bowl is the place to go. Unlike most bowling alleys that can feel dull and sleazy, Bayside Bowl is vibrant and new. It’s a great place to enjoy live music and a full bar even if you’re not looking to bowl with easy parking availability. 

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