Features & Exhibits
Things to do at the Desert of Maine

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Self-Guided Tour

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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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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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!


Oasis Cafe

Serving classic snacks and beverages including popcorn, hotdogs, ice-cream, lemonade, penny candy, and fresh baked treats. 

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1800s Farmhouse

A fully restored early 1800s farmhouse similar to the one that housed the Tuttle Family when they were farming this land. Expected completion winter 2021.
Expected for the 2022 season.


Audio Tours

Narrated audio tours are available as a free app that you download to your phone. Three tours are available: a General History tour, and two deep dive tours for Ecology and Geology.

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Gemstone Village

An imaginative space where kids can explore a labyrinth hiding numerous treasures, including fairy houses and polished gems. There is a wishing bridge and talking tubes too!


Historic Barn

The only remaining structure from the once fertile Tuttle farm, the barn dates from the late 1700s and tells a story going back to the early years of our nation. 

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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.


Mini Golf

In the fall of 2021, we will be building a mini golf course that will tell the story of the Desert of Maine hole-by-hole. 

Expected for the 2022 season.

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Guided Tour

Guided, docent-led walking tours are scheduled periodically (typically weekends), depending on the number of visitors. Large groups (12+) can schedule a tour in advance.


Natural Playground

A unique, 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.

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Nature Trails

We have a few short nature trails that wind through the beautiful forest that surrounds the Desert, like this one that goes behind the dunes.

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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.
Coming in July

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Concert Venue

After the 2021 season closes, we will break ground on an ambitious restoration of the Tuttle Barn as a breathtaking performing arts venue.

Expected for late 2022.


Site Map

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