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Northern Outdoors: A Family Rafting Retreat on Maine’s Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers

How many summer getaways feature sun-filled days, refreshing swimming pools, and plenty of space to kick up your feet? Quite a few, actually. While numerous summer destinations cater to the relaxation seekers, few are well-equipped for the active recreation enthusiasts.

Northern Outdoors, on the other hand, keeps the summer thrills coming with rafting expeditions on Maine’s Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. A river of recreation awaits every member of the family when scenic and exciting rafting combines with affordable prices and post-adventure relaxation.  

The summer savings come fast, as all weekday kids’ whitewater rafting trips are 50 percent off from June 10th to August 30th, 2013 with a limit of one child per full-paying adult. Kids will have twice the fun at half the price when they paddle along either the Kennebec (ages 8 to 17) or Penobscot (ages 15-17) River. A family vacation at Northern Outdoors breaks the mold without breaking the bank, as it is the only raft and resort company that offers half-price rafting for kids.

“We put the spark back in family vacations with affordable, shared family adventure and huge fun in Maine’s great outdoors,” Northern Outdoors President Russell Walters said.  

Start your outdoor adventure on the Kennebec River, which is New England’s most popular river for many reasons. Offering Class II, III, and IV whitewater rafting, the variety of moderate waters are perfect for rafters ages eight and up. Carve through a deep, rock-walled gorge on the exciting upper Kennebec and enjoy the tree-lined North Woods wilderness on the serene lower river.

The aquatic action speeds up on the Penobscot River, where Class IV and V waters wind through the granite-walled Ripogenus Gorge and along the base of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. Steep drops and rushing pools are sure to soak adventurers aged 15 and up before they stop to dry off with a delicious riverside lunch.

“The Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers are Maine’s most popular rafting trips thanks to incredible scenery, exciting while family-friendly whitewater, and easy access,” Walters said.

Aside from rafting, Northern Outdoors features a host of other exciting activities. Hike through the North Woods nature trails, steer through the backcountry on an ATV, or toss in a line for some fantastic fishing.

For guests rafting on the Kennebec River, return to the Forks Resort Center and swim in the sparkling pool, serve up a game of volleyball, roast marshmallows over a campfire, or play in the arcade.

Swap recreation for relaxation when you stretch out on the sprawling patio/deck. Reconnect with your loved ones as you sip a handcrafted ale from the onsite Kennebec River Brewery. After an action-packed day, return to your choice of a luxurious or rustic cabin or riverside campsite and soak up the simple life with a good book. 

The premier summer adventure resort, Northern Outdoors combines exciting raft trips, a slew of savings, and exceptional accommodations to create Maine’s finest family rafting retreat.