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Things to Do
Features and Exhibits at the Desert of Maine

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Self-Guided Tours

Over 40 interpretive signs take you through the fascinating history, geology, and ecology of the Desert. Meander at your own pace.

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Train Ride

Ride our electric train, fashioned after an 1800s Maine Central Railroad train, around the dunes to make it easier to get from exhibit to exhibit.


Historic Barn

The only remaining structure from the once fertile Tuttle farm, this 1700s barn tells a story going back to the early years of our nation.  
NOTE: currently being restored

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Model T

Take a family photo in a Ford Model T like the ones that traveled Rt.1 in the 1920’s when the Desert of Maine became one of Maine’s earliest roadside attractions.

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Secret Sandbox

An incredible sandbox for younger kids filled with construction vehicles and a digger you can sit on!
...And isn't it ironic... don't you think...

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Concert Venue

We are currently completing a restoration of the Tuttle Barn as a breathtaking performing arts venue.

Expected for 2025

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Gemstone Village

An imaginative labyrinth where kids can find numerous treasures including a wishing bridge, a hobbit house, and a wishing bridge. Kids can find and keep their three favorite gems!

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Buried Spring House

A gazebo built atop a natural spring and buried under 25ft. of sand since WWII. The site was excavated in the spring of 2021 and is currently being reconstructed from historic photos.

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Hiking Trail

We have a hiking trail that winds around the back side of the dunes through the beautiful forest that surrounds the Desert.

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Mini Golf

Our brand new 18-hole mini golf course tells the story of the Desert of Maine. It is challenging and fun for all ages! 

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Story Walk

A nature walk combined with signs showing pages of an illustrated children's book about the Desert of Maine from the perspective of Pierre, a grain of sand!

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Fossil Dig

A hands-on experience where kids can use tools and techniques of paleontology to uncover fossils that would have been found on the ancient sea floor just beneath the Desert sand.

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Natural Playground

A one-of-a-kind natural playground featuring a lookout tower (with binoculars!), swings, a slide, log jumble, cargo net, see saw, and a moose play structure.


Oasis Snack Bar

Serving classic snacks and beverages including kettle corn, hot dogs, ice cream, lemonade, penny candy, and fresh-baked treats. 

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Gift Shop

A charming, 1930s-era gift shop where you can purchase tickets, ask for information, and shop for the perfect keepsake. Unique and interesting!


1800s Farmhouse

A fully restored early 1800s farmhouse, similar to the one that housed the Tuttle Family, set up as a living history museum.
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Site Map

Site Map

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