Higgins Beach

Higgins Beach is one of the few surfing beaches in Maine, but unfortunately some members of the town have been beach access for years.  Surfing is only allowed during certain times, and parking for Higgins Beach is a real problem. There is a small lot in town where you can pay $10 for the day, […]

Ferry Beach

This is a town beach with white sand and beautiful views.  The parking lot is small, and it seems to be a fairly popular place, so you might have trouble getting in.  Dogs are prohibited from 9am-5pm during the summer.

Ferry Beach State Park

There is a short, but pretty walk from the parking lot to the beach, with a well maintained boardwalk passing through a grove a trees.  The beach is large and sandy, and much less crowded than the nearby Old Orchard. Their website says there are restrooms, though we didn’t see where they were.  There is […]

East End Beach

This beach is within the city of Portland, so it is a great resource if you’re just visiting for the weekend. While the swimming beach is small, there are picnic areas and a rocky coast to do a little exploring.  Kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals are available in the parking lot, and there was […]

Deering Oaks Park

Deering Oaks is a lovely park in Portland, which features a picturesque splash pool for children.  The splash pool mimics a stream, with smooth rocks and a reflecting pool.  While the park isn’t very large, it also has a duck pond with a tiny house in the middle, and there are plans to add a […]

Crescent Beach State Park

Crescent Beach offers a large sand beach and ocean bathing.  There are pretty views, and it seems to be a popular beach for children.  They have concessions and picnic tables, and is a nice place to spend the day.  No dogs are allowed during the summer.

Woods Pond Beach

This is a town park with a small sand beach, picnic area, and playground.  They have a large swimming area given the size of the parking lot and beach, and they have set it up well for swimmers.  There is a nice swimming dock, and two diving platforms.  There were no signs indicating that this […]

Tassel Top Beach

This one was a little difficult to rate, because it is a gorgeous beach, but very crowded.  We visited on a Saturday and they were turning cars away.  They let us stop to take pictures though, and it is easy to see why it is so popular.  The water is a beautiful turquoise, and the swimming […]

Sebago Lake State Park, Songo Beach

Sebago Lake State Park is one of the most popular parks in Maine, and is VERY crowded on the weekends.  The beach here is long, but not terribly wide (only about ten to twenty feet), and it is pretty much jam-packed with people.  With that said, it is a lovely area, which is why we […]

Range Pond State Park

Range Pond has a wide sand beach, and a large swimming area, which make it a popular weekend destination.  They have very nice facilities, and playground and picnic areas are available. What is really cool about this beach though, is that they have a wheelchair ramp that goes into the water, which is the first time […]