We offer many easy Fun And Sun outdoor things to do in addition to renting Fun And Sun outdoor gear. Sailing, self guided river trips for the entire family, paddle and pedal river plus bike excursions, guided bike nature tours, "Bike and Brew", one way ocean adventures by kayak or paddle board, and paddle board yoga on the calm waters of the marsh. So scroll down, look around and decide how you would like to explore and enjoy our beautiful part of Maine.
We offer scenic, easy, and convenient self guided river trips by kayak or stand up paddle board on our local rivers, on your schedule between 9:00 and 2:30. No minimum number of people and we will not combine you with another group. Please make a reservation as the available trip times often sell out. This picture shows part of the trip.
Enjoy the beauty of Maine's largest salt water marsh with its many inhabitants while while you paddle with the current on smooth water. Easy and fun for all skill levels. You might see Great Blue Heron and Snowy Egrets, Bald Eagles, and Harbor Seals. On clear water days you might see striped bass swim under your kayak or paddle board. Although some say they feel far removed from "civilization" you are never far from shore, and less that two miles from the beach or the trip's "put in" or "take out". We have done this trip with over four thousand people over the years and it remains our most popular. It is suitable for almost all ages. Children and teenagers usually love it. All that's needed is an adequate attention span and the desire to have fun. The price is $60 for ages 12 and up and $30 under 12. There is no charge for those under 6. The price includes equipment and transportation.
Click here for a video of the Eastern Trail
Paddle And Pedal
You might want to extend your outing after finishing your Fun And Sun River Trip by adding a scenic and easy bike ride. We’ll meet you with a bike and helmet (helmet optional if under 16 years of age) and take your paddling gear. Ride anywhere at your own pace, but we recommend that you ride on the beautiful Eastern Trail. Ride north on a flat, hard packed, off road trail through the marsh and get an entirely different view of this beautiful place than from your kayak or paddle board. Turn around at the golf course and ride back through the marsh and then through mostly wooded terrain for a great contrasting view. Stay out as long as you like. Return to Fun And Sun by one of several mostly downhill on-road routes for your choice of a total ride of 5 to 20 miles. We’ll review the options with you on your copy of our complimentary bike route map before you leave. The cost is $15 per person in addition to the cost of the River Trip.
Paddle And Pedal FAQ
HOW IT WORKS. Just call us at (207) 730-1926 to make a reservation. The come to our shop at 10 Snow Canning Road in Scarborough to get briefed on your trip and fitted for a life jacket, and for a bike if you do the Paddle and Pedal trip. That's it. We will explain the trip and answer all your questions, then meet you at the put in with the gear. We will meet you at the "take out" at the end of your River Trip on your schedule and take the gear so you can be off to your next adventure. We provide ground transportation back to your vehicles for at least your drivers.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? Paddling time is about one hour and forty five minutes, depending on the speed of the current and how fast you paddle. Allow about two and a half hours from the time you arrive at Fun And Sun Rentals And Tours. You may stay on the river as long as you like. Just be off the river and call us by 430.
WHAT TO WEAR? You will probably get slightly wet below your waist if you take a kayak on the River Trip as we use only sit on top kayaks which have drain holes.
WHAT TO BRING. water, sunblock, a dry bag for your phone and keys (ask us for a free loaner if you don't have one).
BEFORE YOU GO. You will be travelling through the heart of the Scarborough Marsh, one of New England's greatest natural resources. Home to many wild creatures and birthplace and nursery to many others. You might want to read a little about it if you have time. Here are links to get you started.
Take a Fun And Sun sit on top kayak or stand up paddle board and paddle in the open ocean between the Saco River at Camp Ellis and the Nonesuch River at Pine Point shown on the map above. This beautiful seven mile beach is the longest sandy beach in Maine.
In addition to your kayak or paddle board we will equip you with a properly fitting life jacket, a dry bag for your gear and one for your food and drink, a detailed map with all points of interest, a GPS locator so that we always know where you are, a whistle, a marine flare pistol and signal flares, and a back up cell phone in case yours doesn't work. We will take you and your gear to your put in and pick you up wherever you finish.
Make a day of it. Leave early and paddle with the wind, pausing along the way for sightseeing and boat and people watching. Stop for lunch on the Old Orchard Beach pier or any of several water front restaurants, have a swim or take a break. Fish if you like. The biggest striped bass are often just off the beach in shallow water that is often crystal clear.
Finish your adventure and call us by four o'clock. We will pick you up with a van anywhere where there is public access. You will have to carry your boat or board from the beach where you land to the Fun And Sun van at the nearest public access point.
The cost is $75 per person. We might cancel on short notice due to wind, weather, or sea conditions. There are no refunds due to changes in the wind, weather, or sea conditions.
There must be at least two people on each trip for safety reasons. You will not be combined with another group. We do only two trips per day, so call in advance to reserve a spot for an unforgettable memory making day on the water.
Who should do this? This trip is recommended for those who like to do slightly challenging things, have some kayaking or paddle board experience, and a good level of physical fitness.
Is it suitable for children? It is suitable for older children who are comfortable in kayaks or on paddle boards, have a good attention span, and are physically competent. The minimum age for this activity is 12. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Is it dangerous? There is always some risk in kayaking or paddle boarding. The risk can be minimized by paying attention to the weather, wearing your life jacket and sup leash at all times, staying hydrated, not using alcohol or recreational drugs before or during your trip, and by staying close to shore. We require that you stay within 300 feet of the beach. That's no more than one soccer or football field distance.
Stop at any restaurant or pub in our local delivery area. Enjoy a meal or relax with a drink. If you decide to Uber back to our shop, no worries. We'll pick up your rented Fun And Sun bike. No extra charge.
TOUR #1. RIDE THE EASTERN TRAIL with a Naturalist. You will cover about eight miles in two hours of easy cycling on flat and level terrain while learning about the fabulous Scarborough Marsh and adjoining upland forest. The entire trip is off road (except for several road crossings) on the beautiful Eastern Trail. Click here for a great link to a video of the trail.This trip is suitable for all ages and abilities, including children who can ride a two wheeler without trainer wheels and have good stamina and attention span. Approximately two hours.
When: Call for schedule
Meet: At Fun And Sun Rentals
Price: $45. ages 12 and under $25
TOUR #2. RIDE THE BEACH AT LOW TIDE VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING with a fitness pro. This is for the outdoor enthusiast who wants an exercise experience like no other. Pedal a one speed cruiser bike in the wet sand at low tide early in the morning. Five to seven miles depending on tide and wind. Ages 12 and up. You have to be in shape for this and you will get wet and dirty. Coffee and donuts provided at the end. Approximately 90 minutes.
When: Call for schedule
Meet: At Fun And Sun Rentals
EQUIPMENT: Appropriate bikes as well as bike helmets and all bike transportation are included in the cost for all trips.
WHAT TO WEAR: Closed toe shoes and athletic clothing are required. Sunscreen and sunglasses are often a good idea.
TIPPING: Welcome and customary for an exceptional experience.
Try yoga on a paddle board in the beautiful Scarborough Marsh! You will paddle with your instructor into the Marsh from one of several nearby starting points. Another way to have fun on your vacation - or anytime.
Outdoor enthusiast, Alaska wilderness guide, experienced yoga instructor and all around nice person, Jacqueline Boudreau of Earth Fire Yoga & Wellness brings yoga to Fun And Sun!
ABOUT YOGA ON A STAND UP PADDLE BOARD
Jackie says: “SUP Yoga is an incredible doorway to access both your Yoga practice and the outdoor world. SUP Yoga is a great reminder that you don't have to take your practice so seriously all the time - studio Yoga can be very focused on perfecting postures that fun can become secondary. In doing Yoga on a surface that is fluid, dynamic and constantly moving, the core muscles are fired up along with new sets of muscles that aren't always engaged in such a deep way on solid ground. Feel the sunshine and salt on our skin as you move and breathe harmonizing with the elements and your surroundings. Paddle back to shore recharged, rejuvenated and recalibrated with a new sense of invigoration, awareness and restoration in both mind and body.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP?
Exact locations and times are somewhat tide and weather dependent. Send Jackie an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacqueline's health and wellness philosophy aligns with exploring and celebrating what our bodies are capable of; cultivating empowerment through movement; and acknowledging that our health is directly connected to the quality of natural resources and our connection to the natural world. She comes from a background with a strong foundation in Wildlife Biology and outdoor education/guided wilderness exploration. Jackie also has an extensive background training in Ayurveda, Yoga, Pranayama, meditation and holistic health, all of which guide her teaching. She teaches an array of yoga and fitness class that focus on uplifting, empowering, energizing movement, mindful attention, and using breath as fuel to navigate challenging opportunities for growth on and off the mat. She truly believes movement is not a chore but a true gift to realize and utilize your own life force. Her strong belief is that the more we focus on the health and wellness of body, mind, spirit on an individual level, the more of a ripple effect will reverberate into the rest of the world; the more awake we will be to fully show up in life and take better care of each other and the amazing, beautiful planet we get to call home.