Spring has finally arrived and there is so much to do in and around Freeport, Maine. Here are our Top 10 favorite springtime activities to enjoy:
- Winslow Park – this is Freeport’s hidden gem. It is our town park, sitting on a beautiful peninsula overlooking Casco Bay. I love to walk here any time of year but spring is truly my favorite. The birds are singing, everything is turning green, and the air has that fresh spring smell. Less than ten minutes from James Place Inn, this is a must to enjoy an hour or two outdoor.
- Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Wolfe’s Neck State Park – growing up on a farm, lambs always signaled the arrival of spring. Visit the lambs, calves, dwarf goats and other animals at the farm, picturesquely situated overlooking Casco Bay. Walk the paths or take your bike for a nice ride. Put in your kayak at one of the landings. Walk further down the road to Wolfe’s Neck State Park and enjoy the views and the birds. Great place to view the migratory birds here.
- Toots Ice Cream: nothing signals the arrival of spring and warmer weather like ice cream and “Toots” is the best! Located on a farm in Yarmouth, Toots Ice Cream is worth the 15 minute drive. It is homemade on site and the flavors change daily. I love “Grandma’s PB Fudge.” Toots gets its name from the caboose car where the shop is located. Once served, enjoy strolling the farm or sit and relax in the gazebo, enjoying a cool breeze.
- Bike Riding – bike paths are plentiful throughout the area and the roads are bike friendly. Enjoy a casual ride to the town docks in South Freeport or work up a sweat on one of the routes we have mapped out for you. Careful, it is hilly around here!
- Popham Beach – sun worshiper or not, this is a beach not to be missed. One of the most beautiful I have seen anywhere. Enough said.
- Schooner Excursion – get out on the water and enjoy the salt spray and the views. Our favorite is “Schooner Alert,” leaving out of Bailey Island. This is a family owned and operated business. You will enjoy the drive there, your time on the water with amazing views, and the owners.
- Lighthouses – a trip to Maine is not complete without a few lighthouse visits. Portland, twenty minutes south, has three to enjoy, including Portland Head located in the beautiful Fort Williams Park. Head north and walk the breakwater out to Rockland’s scenic lighthouse.
- Lobster Shack – another spring tradition…the first lobster roll of the season! Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster is our favorite and affords beautiful views of Casco Bay, looking over to Wolfe’s Neck. Delish!
- Shopping Freeport – new stores have arrived, some, such as British Goods, have moved into larger locations, and old favorites are still here. Enjoy a day strolling the streets, enjoying a bite at one of our many restaurants, and seeing what is new.
- Sea Dogs Baseball – if it is baseball season, it must be spring! Enjoy a local game of the Portland Sea Dogs. Playing on Hadlock Field in Portland, this is the perfect way to while away a spring afternoon or evening. Take in one of Portland’s many great dining spots before or after the game.