1. Timber Point, Biddeford ME
Timber Point is a 97 acre peninsula that borders the Atlantic Ocean. This scenic 1.4 mile loop takes visitors past marshes, mudflats, shrub lands, and rocky shores. Timber Island is only accessible during low tide. At low tide, you can cross the Island and experience its beauty. There is access from the trailhead to the Little River and a white sand beach in Curtis Cove. Visitors enjoy the surrounding nature where some have seen Eastern Bluebirds, Red-Tailed Hawks, and Yellow-Rumped Warblers. Timber Point is equip for all ages who would rather go out and explore than lay in the sun all day.
2. Kinney Shores, Saco ME
Kinney Shores allows your entire family to enjoy their beach, even your dogs! Dogs are welcomed all day every day, as long as they’re leashed. Kinney Shores features long stretches of white sand with rocky areas for tide pooling. Walk down the boardwalk and step into the sand as you watch the waves crashing onto the shore. This is the perfect place for a family outing that offers plenty of space for activities.
3. Pine Point Beach, Scarborough ME
Pine Point Beach is on Saco Bay and extends four miles to the Jetty at Pine Point to Old Orchard Beach. Its long sandy beach has plenty of room to sit back and relax. Swimming or playing catch is the perfect activity during your visit at Pine Point Beach. This is the perfect Maine family getaway spot. There is a small shack that has snacks and around the corner is a shower that allows you to remove salty residues and sand stuck in your toes.
4. Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk ME
This long, spacious sandy beach is the perfect place to enjoy a long walk, lay out, look for sand dollars, or just appreciate the surroundings. Just minutes away from the a gorgeous Maine family resort, the Nonantum in Kennebunkport Maine. Mother’s Beach is connected to neighbor beaches by sidewalks that makes this great stretch perfect for joggers. Offers include more opportunity to play in the sand at high tide and tide pools for exploring. Mother’s Beach also includes a conveniently located playground for children. Locals have found it peaceful to get up early in the morning and do yoga while no one is out yet. After a rain storm, be sure to head out to Mother’s Beach and look for seaglass, as this is a popular place to find some.
5. Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth ME
Located roughly eight miles south of Portland in picturesque Cape Elizabeth, Crescent Beach State Park is home to the locals since 1966. Crescent Beach State Park features sandy Oceanfront beaches, saltwater coves, and rock ledges perect for fishing and nature observers. This classic saltwater beach park with grass-studded sand dunes has that ocean breeze that fills your body with happiness. Crescent Beach State Park signature feature is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach with warm waters. Activities that you’ll find here are bird watching, fishing, swimming, and sea kayaking.
6. Old Orchard Beach, Old Orchard ME
Old Orchard Beach has been welcoming people to its seven mile stretch for more than 170 years. Home to Pier Fries and Bills Pizza, Old Orchards Pier extends 500 feet out over the Atlantic Ocean. On the pier you can shop, eat, play games, watch fireworks, and even fish! Kids can enjoy attractions including Palace Playland, New Englands only beachfront amusement park. The Amtrak Downeaster allows you to reach your destination with stops being steps away from the beach. Watch Thursday night fireworks at 9:45 PM from June 21- August 23 every week! Old Orchard Beach is the perfect place to relax for the day and there’s plenty to do around town if you need something to do!
7. East Point Audubon Sanctuary, Biddeford ME
Situated at the very end of Biddeford Pool, East Point Audubon Sanctuary contains a short but spectacular trail along the permiter of the point, offering rare public access to this stretch of the Maine Coast. A short walk provides views of Wood Island’s light house, rocky shores, and coastal habitat. East Point Audubon Sanctuary is a flat short trail, but a great place to fly a kite or just relax for the afternoon. You can find off trail paths that lead to rocky sand areas where seaglass and sand dollars wash up. Make sure to bring binoculars for water and shore birds and grab a seat on one of the benches along the path and enjoy the amazing views.
8. Ogunquit Beach & Footbridge Beach, Ogunquit ME
Ogunquit Beach’s gleam with white sand separating the Ogunquit River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is an all-out paradise for sunbathers, bodysurfers, swimmers, and more. The whole beach is a beauty, but locals favorite spot is the northern side of the peninsula: Footbridge Beach. The name comes by how you reach it, a charming plank bridge over the Ogunquit River. At the beach, there is a little concession stand, public restrooms, and chair/float rentals. There’s something about sand between your toes, the surf in your ear, and the the gleaming sunlight that makes visitors keep coming back every year.