Plan Your Visit


Open seasonally from May - Nov

Current Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue: Closed

Wed: Closed

Thu: Closed

Fri: Closed

Sat: 10am-4pm

Sun: 10am-4pm

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, we are open 7 days a week from 9am - 6pm.


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+) and active duty military

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.


Rules, Safety, & Etiquette

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

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

  • You must leave the premises by our posted closing time

  • You must follow directions from Desert of Maine staf

  • Wear masks inside the Welcome Center and when within 6' of staff or other guests not from your party

  • Please sanitize hands before entering the playground, Gemstone Village, or the Cafe

  • Children must be supervised at all times



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. We are working to provide access to the dunes as soon as possible, however.

We are open seasonally

May - November


Mon - Fri: Closed

Sat & Sun: 10am - 4pm 

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, we will be open 7 days a week from 9am - 6pm.


We are located 2 miles north of exit 20 off of 295, at the dead end of  Desert Rd.



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