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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Mini Golf

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

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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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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.
Expected for late July 2022

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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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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!

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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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Oasis Snack Bar

Serving classic snacks and beverages including kettle corn, hotdogs, 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!

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1800s Farmhouse

A fully restored early 1800s farmhouse, similar to the one that housed the Tuttle Family, set up as a living museum.
Expected for fall 2022

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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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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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