Crescent Beach State Park
The signature feature of Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth is the mile-long arc of Crescent Beach bordering on the Atlantic Ocean at Seal Cove. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a summer day of sunbathing and swimming amid views of Richmond Island, the salty sea air and boisterous herring gulls. Explore the tidal pools and rock ledges at the west end of the beach or take a walk through the woods on any of several gentle footpaths.
Parking is available a short distance from the beach. There are bathhouses with toilets and changing rooms, and a picnic area with tables and grills. A snack bar sells treats and cold drinks.
Nearby Portland Head Light is an iconic coastal Maine landmark that stands guard over the sea lane to Portland Harbor. Adjacent Fort Willams Park has picnic tables and grills, walking trails, a pocket beach and numerous old fort structures to explore. At the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center take a guided or self-guided tour of Maine’s largest salt marsh on foot or by canoe to get a close-up view of its bountiful birdlife. The center also hosts natural history exhibits and a nature store, and has canoes for rent.