playground overview from welcome center - fixed_edited.jpg

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets, Get Directions, Come Prepared


We are open seasonally from May to October.

General Admission:

Mon: Closed

Tue: Closed

Wed: Closed

Thu: Closed

Fri: Closed

Sat: 10am - 5pm

Sun: 10am - 5pm


Open 7 days/wk starting Memorial Day

Mini Golf + Ice Cream:

Mon: Closed

Tue: Closed

Wed: Closed

Thu: Closed

Fri: Closed

Sat: Closed

Sun: Closed


We are open for ice cream now! See our General Admission hours above. No admission required to get ice cream and play on our playground! Mini golf coming soon! Pushing hard for a June 5th soft opening, but that could slip to June 11th.


We are located at 95 Desert Rd in Freeport which is 2 miles north of exit 20 off of 295, at the dead end of Desert Rd.


General Admission

Includes access to the dunes, self-guided tour, all exhibits such as Gemstone Village and Fossil Dig, nature trails, and the historic barn.

Adults:                    $16

Kids (4-12):             $12

Mini Golf 

18 holes of mini golf

Adults:                    $10

Kids (12 & under):    $9


$2 off a purchase of general admission and mini golf together

• $2 off mini golf with purchase of general admission
• 10% off for seniors (65+)

• 10% off for active duty military
• 25% off for groups of 12 or more

Buy Tickets Online

Tickets purchased online are $1 off per person (because it saves us time).  If your plans change, no worries, your tickets will be waiting for you for the rest of the season.

Watch the Video!

It's really helpful to watch our short animated history video to help everyone in your group (kids included!) get the most out of your visit. What happened here and what things will you discover when you come? The video is fun and entertaining.

hermit profile picture.png
people on bench.jpg

Rules, Safety, & Etiquette

  • Unvaccinated guests are encouraged to wear masks inside the Welcome Center and when within 6' of guests from other groups

  • The Desert and all of its features are here for you to enjoy, but please do so respectfully. Do not remove or damage parts of exhibits or the natural landscape.

  • ​The Desert of Maine is tobacco- and drug-free — no smoking or vaping please

  • Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome!  Obviously, please clean up after them.

  • Young children must be supervised at all times

  • Please make sure you leave the premises by our posted closing time

  • Visitors are expected to follow directions from Desert of Maine staff

  • Additional, adorable information from our well-intentioned lawyers


Our goal is to make the Desert of Maine as accessible as possible for all people. The current owners bought the property in early 2019 season and spent much of the first 2 years addressing general safety issues with the buildings and grounds. Starting in 2021, we started making strides to improve accessibility, but all of the buildings are over 50 years old and the landscape presents unique challenges. Therefore, we are still at the beginning of a multi-year journey to realize our vision of accessibility.

Currently, the parking lot, Welcome Center, and Cafe are accessible. We have a boardwalk that leads to a vista of the dunes for those that can't walk on loose sand, and we have a beach wheelchair we loan to guests, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.