Sanford, Maine

Arian

Sanford, Maine

Area beaches
Wells includes several sand beaches, only 15 miles away. The water is swimmable and refreshing. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season. The main beaches have public bathrooms, outdoor showers and paid parking. The Wells Harbor has an oceanside playground and boat access. This is where you can rent kayaks, SUP and jet skis. My children's favorite parts are climbing around on the jetty and exploring tidal pools for crabs!
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Wells Beach
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Wells includes several sand beaches, only 15 miles away. The water is swimmable and refreshing. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season. The main beaches have public bathrooms, outdoor showers and paid parking. The Wells Harbor has an oceanside playground and boat access. This is where you can rent kayaks, SUP and jet skis. My children's favorite parts are climbing around on the jetty and exploring tidal pools for crabs!
Old Orchard Beach is about 25 miles away (a 40 minute drive). This beach is less serene, as there is more going on. You can enjoy the boardwalk, visit the pier- food such as fried dough, pier fries, and drinks; or shop above the waves. Palace Play land is a seaside amusement park with rides and arcade games- definitely a favorite for families with kids! There is also mini golf here.
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Old Orchard Beach
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Old Orchard Beach is about 25 miles away (a 40 minute drive). This beach is less serene, as there is more going on. You can enjoy the boardwalk, visit the pier- food such as fried dough, pier fries, and drinks; or shop above the waves. Palace Play land is a seaside amusement park with rides and arcade games- definitely a favorite for families with kids! There is also mini golf here.
Lower Mousam Lake has a quaint freshwater beach located at 50 Shapleigh Corner Road in Shapleigh. It’s less than a 15 minute drive (about 6 miles). If you just want to go for a dip, take a ride to Mousam! Free parking across the street. The boat launch is a mile or so before the beach. You could also canoe, kayak or SUP here. Try Southern Maine Kayaks- they have free delivery!
Lower Mousam Lake Boat Launch
130 Emery Mills Road
Lower Mousam Lake has a quaint freshwater beach located at 50 Shapleigh Corner Road in Shapleigh. It’s less than a 15 minute drive (about 6 miles). If you just want to go for a dip, take a ride to Mousam! Free parking across the street. The boat launch is a mile or so before the beach. You could also canoe, kayak or SUP here. Try Southern Maine Kayaks- they have free delivery!
Breweries
This unique and tasty brewery is only 11 miles away. They have live music, outdoor yoga and other fun events. This is a top priority for beer and nature lovers! This place is one of my brother's favorites!
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Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company
21 Ledgewood Lane
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This unique and tasty brewery is only 11 miles away. They have live music, outdoor yoga and other fun events. This is a top priority for beer and nature lovers! This place is one of my brother's favorites!
By Town
A favorite Sanford event for locals and a must-see is the Maine Attraction Water Ski Show! We usually bring camp chairs and snacks. The summer shows are free and amazing! Tuesday night trivia at Mill Towne Tavern is a great time (and within walking distance). During the summer months, you can also walk over to Goodall Park to see the Sanford Mainers baseball team play. Mousam Lake is about 6 miles away and has a fresh water beach for swimming and also boat access!
Sanford
A favorite Sanford event for locals and a must-see is the Maine Attraction Water Ski Show! We usually bring camp chairs and snacks. The summer shows are free and amazing! Tuesday night trivia at Mill Towne Tavern is a great time (and within walking distance). During the summer months, you can also walk over to Goodall Park to see the Sanford Mainers baseball team play. Mousam Lake is about 6 miles away and has a fresh water beach for swimming and also boat access!
Ogunquit is a thirty minute drive; and is a beautiful, popular, coastal town that also has a large beach. Marginal Way is one of the most gorgeous oceanside walks you'll ever take (and one of my all-time favorite spots). After a mile along the paved path, you'll find yourself in the heart of downtown Ogunquit, near shops, local bars and restaurants. You also don't want to miss the Ogunquit Playhouse. Their shows are phenomenal.
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Ogunquit
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Ogunquit is a thirty minute drive; and is a beautiful, popular, coastal town that also has a large beach. Marginal Way is one of the most gorgeous oceanside walks you'll ever take (and one of my all-time favorite spots). After a mile along the paved path, you'll find yourself in the heart of downtown Ogunquit, near shops, local bars and restaurants. You also don't want to miss the Ogunquit Playhouse. Their shows are phenomenal.
Kennebunkport is a half hour drive away with several beaches, gorgeous coastline, restaurants, bars and downtown shops. In December, you don’t want to miss Christmas Prelude! A great family beach is Mother’s Beach, with a playground directly on the sand. There are restrooms and paid parking. Kennebunkport is an amazing spot to bicycle and bike rentals are available in town.
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Kennebunkport
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Kennebunkport is a half hour drive away with several beaches, gorgeous coastline, restaurants, bars and downtown shops. In December, you don’t want to miss Christmas Prelude! A great family beach is Mother’s Beach, with a playground directly on the sand. There are restrooms and paid parking. Kennebunkport is an amazing spot to bicycle and bike rentals are available in town.
Portland is a 45 minute drive from the house. There are tons of award winning restaurants and popular breweries here. There are also beautiful lighthouses and forts in this area. Portland Headlight and Fort Williams are highly recommended to check out if you head that way! Thompson’s Point is also a favorite spot with the best brewery- Bissell Brothers! They also have a great outdoor ice skating rink in the colder months and you can rent skates and get food right there.
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Portland
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Portland is a 45 minute drive from the house. There are tons of award winning restaurants and popular breweries here. There are also beautiful lighthouses and forts in this area. Portland Headlight and Fort Williams are highly recommended to check out if you head that way! Thompson’s Point is also a favorite spot with the best brewery- Bissell Brothers! They also have a great outdoor ice skating rink in the colder months and you can rent skates and get food right there.
Food scene
Backstreet is only a 7 minute walk from the house. Good food and drinks. Check their hours before you head out; they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Back Street Sanford
16 School Street
Backstreet is only a 7 minute walk from the house. Good food and drinks. Check their hours before you head out; they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Mill Towne Tavern is less than a ten minute walk from the house. Super fun! Food, drinks, live music, karaoke, corn hole and Tuesday night trivia!
Mill Towne Tavern
898 Main Street
Mill Towne Tavern is less than a ten minute walk from the house. Super fun! Food, drinks, live music, karaoke, corn hole and Tuesday night trivia!
Local remodeled diner with food & drink menus. Less than a ten minute walk from the house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all day!
Third Alarm Diner
47 Washington St
Local remodeled diner with food & drink menus. Less than a ten minute walk from the house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all day!
Family Fun
Aquaboggan is a super fun family water park. It’s about a half hour drive from the house. They have food, picnic areas (so you can also pack your own lunch/coolers), public restrooms and changing areas. It’s not too big and there are water slides for all ages (and for the spectrum of bravery!) There is also a large wave pool, smaller play area for toddlers, bumper boats, go karts, and a small mini golf course. We like taking the younger kids here as it’s not as busy as some New England water parks, and it’s typically a little cheaper.
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Aquaboggan Water Park
980 Portland Road
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Aquaboggan is a super fun family water park. It’s about a half hour drive from the house. They have food, picnic areas (so you can also pack your own lunch/coolers), public restrooms and changing areas. It’s not too big and there are water slides for all ages (and for the spectrum of bravery!) There is also a large wave pool, smaller play area for toddlers, bumper boats, go karts, and a small mini golf course. We like taking the younger kids here as it’s not as busy as some New England water parks, and it’s typically a little cheaper.
Raptor Falls is one of the area’s newest mini golf courses and is a little under a half hour drive away. It has animatronic dinosaurs throughout and is one of my kids’ favorite courses.
Raptor Falls Mini Golf & Ice Cream
1912 Portland Road
Raptor Falls is one of the area’s newest mini golf courses and is a little under a half hour drive away. It has animatronic dinosaurs throughout and is one of my kids’ favorite courses.
Wonder Mountain is one of the best mini golf courses with waterfalls, caves, and two courses to play through so there’s less waiting. They also have go-karts and a human maze. It’s on Route 1 in Wells, so easy to find and close to restaurants, bars, and the beach. In fact, if you play here, you should definitely head over to Big Daddy’s in Ogunquit for dessert! Best homemade ice cream you’ll ever eat!
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Wonder Mountain Fun Park
270 Post Road
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Wonder Mountain is one of the best mini golf courses with waterfalls, caves, and two courses to play through so there’s less waiting. They also have go-karts and a human maze. It’s on Route 1 in Wells, so easy to find and close to restaurants, bars, and the beach. In fact, if you play here, you should definitely head over to Big Daddy’s in Ogunquit for dessert! Best homemade ice cream you’ll ever eat!
Fresh air
Mount Agamenticus in York is a great hike for any level and about a half hour drive. There is a paved trail around the top for those who can’t make the climb. There are also trails from the bottom to the peak, ranging from beginner to moderate difficulty. I’ve hiked up a few times, always with kids. The views at the top are beautiful in any season. There’s also an educational building at the peak where you can learn more about the area’s wildlife through hands on activities. You may want to stop at the Center for Wildlife, which is located near Mt. A and focuses on conservation and education in regards to local injured animals. They have some live animals there too!
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Mount Agamenticus
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Mount Agamenticus in York is a great hike for any level and about a half hour drive. There is a paved trail around the top for those who can’t make the climb. There are also trails from the bottom to the peak, ranging from beginner to moderate difficulty. I’ve hiked up a few times, always with kids. The views at the top are beautiful in any season. There’s also an educational building at the peak where you can learn more about the area’s wildlife through hands on activities. You may want to stop at the Center for Wildlife, which is located near Mt. A and focuses on conservation and education in regards to local injured animals. They have some live animals there too!
These walking trails are magical for your health and well being (and about a 30 minute drive). There is a boardwalk through the woods down to the salt marsh and then the Atlantic Ocean. My kids and I frequent the Wells Reserve often. There is a small fee at the entrance. You can take a variety of trails around the fields, woods and ocean. Depending on the season, you may want bug spray. There is often also a story walk set up on one of the trails. The last one incorporated yoga poses throughout the story pages :)
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Wells Reserve at Laudholm
342 Laudholm Farm Rd
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These walking trails are magical for your health and well being (and about a 30 minute drive). There is a boardwalk through the woods down to the salt marsh and then the Atlantic Ocean. My kids and I frequent the Wells Reserve often. There is a small fee at the entrance. You can take a variety of trails around the fields, woods and ocean. Depending on the season, you may want bug spray. There is often also a story walk set up on one of the trails. The last one incorporated yoga poses throughout the story pages :)
Shopping
Kittery Outlets have tons of shops and great deals. They are about a 35 minute drive from the house. Be sure to stop into Kittery Trading Post while you’re there! A few of the many outlets: New Balance, The Loft, GAP, Under Armour, Lindt chocolates, Osh Kosh, Columbia… After shopping, you should stop at York River Landing for a delicious dinner (nice outside seating option, great drinks and food!) Another #1 restaurant there is Loco Coco’s (Mexican food).
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Kittery Premium Outlets
375 U.S. 1
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Kittery Outlets have tons of shops and great deals. They are about a 35 minute drive from the house. Be sure to stop into Kittery Trading Post while you’re there! A few of the many outlets: New Balance, The Loft, GAP, Under Armour, Lindt chocolates, Osh Kosh, Columbia… After shopping, you should stop at York River Landing for a delicious dinner (nice outside seating option, great drinks and food!) Another #1 restaurant there is Loco Coco’s (Mexican food).