Freeport, Maine: Desert of Maine Team Field Report

95 Desert Rd, Freeport, ME
I-295 exit 20. Turn west onto Desert Rd, and drive two miles to its end.
Daily 9-5 mid-May to Halloween. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$10 self-guided walking tour
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Desert of Maine.

Desert of Maine
A former farm and now a desert, with real rolling dunes that have swallowed buildings and trees. Report... [08/02/2020]

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Even the person who joined me, and who isn't as into roadside attractions, thought this was a lot of fun. The gift shop is renovated with some quirky gifts, plus postcards and all manner of Maine stuff. Ask about some of the memorabilia they have, such as the antique "SandCraft" sand art kit. Check out the barn, too.

There's also a new (and honestly pretty fun) playground made from a gargantuan old tree that was removed. They were literally building the rest of it while we were there. If you want somewhere to let the kids swing around and burn off some energy, it's a good place to stop.

Plus, the sand... is still there!

[David, 08/17/2020]

Desert of Maine camel.

Desert of Maine

This place remains a geological oddity and it is beautiful. Mela and Doug Heestand, the owners as of 2018, are creating a fun and educational place to visit. With an emphasis on the local market, they are promoting concerts and other events in the historic barn, updating the walking tours, created a new campground, and have built a unique playground. And they have painted the (now) very colorful fiberglass camel.

[Tim O'Brien, 02/11/2020]

Desert of Maine.

Desert Of Maine

Cool. It literally looks like a desert, so like desert there's nothing much to see. It was obviously a waste of $10 yet the owners were very lovely, yes. Oh, and they are going to have some music concerts in the bar, which would be fun !

[Debra, 09/11/2019]

Lovely owners. Bar. Music concerts. Perhaps a refreshing waterfall beneath sheltering palms.... an oasis shimmers just ahead.

Desert Of Maine

We went on a cloudy, overcast day. There had been lots of rain overnight which solved the problem of blowing sand. More to see here than we thought. The gift shop is being thoroughly renovated and will have food service when complete. A great choice for when you are sick of seeing lighthouses.

[LamFam, 06/22/2019]

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