We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 95 Desert Rd, Freeport, ME 04032-6257
Phone Number:
+1 207-865-6962
Website
Description:

Take a narrated-coach tour, walking tour or nature hike through Maine's...

Take a narrated-coach tour, walking tour or nature hike through Maine's 40-acres of desert sand dunes, which were formed from a glacial outwash during the Ice Age.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 167 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 43
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Desert In the forest

The desert is very interesting and the guide was great ,very knowledgeable I wish the store offered more.

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Dena T
,
Westhampton, New York
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 163: English reviews
Westhampton, New York
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The desert is very interesting and the guide was great ,very knowledgeable I wish the store offered more.

Helpful?
Thank Dena T
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Didn't know about the Desert of Maine. A one day outing. Very enjoyable, Kids are welcomed since we ride a cart for the tour.

Helpful?
Thank CrossRolf
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Was so glad we stopped here somewhat last minute. It's, for the most part, a tram ride around the desert (which is much hotter than the surrounding area) very interesting learning how it was formed and the kids absolutely loved it. Especially my 8 year old stepson. At the end you can hang out and the kids can look for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Heather R
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

A very strangely interesting place where you can camp and hike around sand dunes. There's a gift shop with weird little trinkets too.

Helpful?
Thank mia w
Dallas, TX
Level Contributor
322 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

If we ever go again I would do the frisbee golf. That looked fun! Also kids enjoyed the gem mining that is included with the tickets so much they wanted to do the gem mining at the front entrance. Check times of open and close because it seemed like they were about to close for the season.

Helpful?
Thank boymomdfw
Limington, Maine
Level Contributor
42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

This large sandy area is unique in Maine and is so very interesting to hear how it happened while your tour guide takes you around the site.

Helpful?
1 Thank Chrisbiggar
Pittsburgh PA
Level Contributor
71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I saw the Desert of Maine on a Roadside Attractions website when we were planning our vacation to Bar Harbor and decided to stop and check it out. It's $12.50 a person for adults and you get a tram tour of the desert with a very knowledgeable tour guide. It's fascinating to see what can happen by human carelessness and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank camoang
Grand Isle, ME
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

I had heard of the Desert of Maine and have seen it on Google Maps but when you're actually there, it's extremely surreal to see all of the sand and visualize just how vast this phenomenon is. The tour is wonderfully informative, funny, and memorable. The tour guides thoroughly enjoy what they do as it shows in their presentation. You... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Mecca P
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

It was Awesome,we took the tour and the lady told us every thing about the sand and I learn a lot today

Helpful?
1 Thank Kelly B
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We took our two granddaughters, ages 6 and 9, on a weekday, and were the only visitors. The tram ride was very bumpy, and it was very difficult to hear the driver/narrator when we were going over the bumpy areas. Also, the one small speaker on the tram was muffled and it was very hard to understand him. The total... More 

Helpful?
Thank DragonboatFL

Been to Desert of Maine? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Desert of Maine and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Desert of Maine staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?