The Westin Portland Harborview is a short drive to many of state parks and just minutes away from your next adventure! Maine is home to more than 45 state parks and beaches, including renowned Acadia National Park. Whether exploring a forest, biking or hiking along the edge of the ocean, or climbing a mountain, these parks are offer something for everyone regardless of the season. Here are just a few of our nearby parks and beaches.
Crescent Beach State Park - Travel eight miles south to the picturesque Cape Elizabeth and enjoy a day at this classic saltwater beach park. Walk through the grass-studded sand dunes to the tune of the herring gulls. Enjoy a meal in any of the park’s picnic areas with the ocean breeze to keep you cool and watch the fishing boats sail by. Explore the sandy beaches, rocky coves, and wooded areas in the park for recreation.
Two Lights State Park - 7 Tower Drive, Cape Elizabeth, ME - One of Maine’s more popular destinations on its legendary rocky coast, Two Lights State Park encompasses 41 acres of rocky headlands. Visitors can enjoy an astounding view of Casco Bay and the Atlantic as they stand high above the rolling surf. Enjoy a day at the park hiking the shoreline trails, watching ships, and having an afternoon barbeque or clambake at one of the picnic areas.
Scarborough Beach State Park - 416 Black Point Road, Scarborough, ME • Unlike many New England beaches, Scarborough’s waters hold temperatures in the high 60’s throughout July and August, making it one of New England’s best beaches for swimming.
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park - Freeport, ME • Just five minutes from the center of Freeport, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers a tranquil place to hike. With a salt marsh estuary, open fields, and rocky shorelines on Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River, there is plenty to explore. Nearby on Googin’s Island, see the park’s signature residents, the ospreys.
Reid State Park - Georgetown, ME • Located on Georgetown, an island in Maine's mid-coast region near Bath, Reid State Park is a good family beach and a haven for naturalists. Open year round, it's a popular for birding, hiking, swimming, biking and saltwater fishing during the summer. During winter, the park caters to those interested in cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Sebago Lake State Park - Casco and Naples, ME • With year-round recreation options, Maine’s deepest and second largest lake is surrounded by dense forest. Near the foothills of the While Mountains, Sebago Lake State Park is great for swimming, sport fishing, camping and boating. Enjoy exploring all 1,400 acres of sandy beaches, extensive woodlands, ponds, and bogs. The park also has a diverse habitat perfect for a wide variety of plant and animal life.
Ferry Beach State Park - Bay View Road, Saco, ME • Enjoy a sweeping view of beautiful white sand beaches for miles, between the Saco River and Pine Point as you approach from Maine’s Route 9. With a picnic area, nature trails, and guided nature programs, Ferry Beach State Park is a great place to enjoy Maine’s coast. Dogs are not allowed.
Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor, ME • Acadia National Park is a favorite vacation destination for good reason. The views are spectacular, the landscape is pristine and the wildlife is plentiful and protected. As a result, Acadia is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States. Rocky coastlines, granite mountains, lakes and ponds, evergreen forests form a varied ecosystem. Borders of the park are accented by picturesque harbor villages such as Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and more.
Bradbury Mountain - 528 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME 04069, PH 207-688-4712 • Situated on Route 9 between Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, Bradbury Mountain attracts visitors who enjoy picnicking, hiking and camping on its 800+ acres of forested land. It offers shared-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers. Snow shoe rentals are available.