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Desert of Maine

95 Desert Rd, Freeport, Maine 04032 USA

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Well, not exactly. The sand at the Desert is a large glacial depository created over 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. The sand was covered by a forest until the 1800s when the Tuttle family started farming the land and caused the soil to erode, exposing the dunes underneath. The land sat abandoned until 1926, when it became one of Maine’s earliest roadside attractions, drawing people from all over the world. Today, nearly 100 years later, it is still one of Maine’s most beloved and iconic destinations, a place where visitors can explore, play, and learn about the history, geology, and ecology of this unique landscape. NOTE: The Desert came under new ownership in 2019 and has been undergoing a comprehensive renovation ever since. There are new exhibits like Gemstone Village, Fossil Dig, the Buried Springhouse, a new mini golf course, a self-guided tour with over 30 new interpretive signs, and an authentic 1800s farmhouse museum among others! Visitors can enjoy scoop ice cream, kettle corn, and grilled kielbasa from the new Oasis snack bar. There is also a luxury campground on-site with campsites for tents, small RVs, and new A-Frame cabins!

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Reviewed by
debratraugerlein

  • 14 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
September 01, 2020
Rated 3.0

If you don't have little kids its not worth it.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
NJGRLLUVSPABOY

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is definitely worth a stop. They staff is friendly. We loved taking the tour and hearing about its history. Then we got to walk around a couple of trials. My son enjoyed getting to dig 3 "treasures" out of the sand. We plan on going back one day.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
joebarron

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 14, 2021
Rated 5.0

((Campsite Review))

The staff here are super helpful and friendly. When I asked if we can go in early they texted me right when the spot opened up! As for the sites, they are brand new and the bathroom is ‘hotel quality’

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Reviewed by
roadtripper899188

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 03, 2021
Rated 5.0

the property was bought by new owners just a couple years ago and they are so clearly making it into a great stop. this is absolutely perfect for if you have little ones, a great stop for the family. and if you like lemonade, you have to try theirs!

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Reviewed by
karpeebs

  • 69 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 28, 2021
Rated 5.0

A great stop on our Maine vacation. Lots of history here and they have made the park so whimsical with added touch’s. I loved how excited the staff was to tell us about all the upcoming plans for the park.

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Reviewed by
leahhouck

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 22, 2021
Rated 5.0

Loved exploring the dunes and trails, very family friendly. Would have enjoyed with or without kids.

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Reviewed by
AnnettaKle

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 21, 2020

Really cool place to see. My 10 yo loved it.

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Desert of Maine

95 Desert Rd
Freeport, Maine
04032 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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