Closed for the Season!

Re-opening in May 2022
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         Current Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue: Closed

Wed: Closed

Thu: Closed

Fri: Closed

Sat: Closed

Sun: Closed


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 audio tours, all exhibits, Gemstone Village, hiking trails, and the historic barn.

Adults:         $16

Kids (4-12):  $12

• 10% off for seniors (65+)

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

Step 1. 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.

Step 2. 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.

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Rules, Safety, & Etiquette

  • 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.

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

  • Children must be supervised at all times.

  • You must leave the premises by our posted closing time.

  • You must follow directions from Desert of Maine staff



Our goal is to make the Desert of Maine as accessible as possible for all people. The current owners bought the property before the 2019 season and spent much of the first 2 years addressing general safety issues with the buildings and grounds. Starting in late 2020, 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.