A short 5.5 miles southwest of South Portland lay the graceful marshlands and stunning seashores of Scarborough.
Enjoy miles of sandy beaches while taking care not to disturb the nesting areas of the endangered Piping Plover. Dogs are welcome at most beaches, but be sure to plan ahead and review the rules here.
"Make a date with nature" at the largest tidal marsh in Maine. Encompassing over 3,000 acres, the marsh is a haven for a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. For a unique outdoor experience, pick up a handy guidebook and rent a canoe or kayak at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center on Pine Point Road and travel the quiet waterways of the marsh. The Nature Center offers visitors a chance to explore this fascinating ecosystem by land or water, with both guided and self-guided tours.
Travel along the dramatic peninsula of Prout's Neck to view homes designed by famed architect John Calvin Stevens. Take time to view the stunning seascapes, from the waves lapping the sandy beach to spraying along the rocky cliffs. Perhaps it will inspire you to create great works of art – as it did painter Winslow Homer.
Scarborough also offers lots of shopping, a variety of dining and lodging options along with scenic golf courses.