If you are searching for a place to spend an unforgettable day with a loved one, Crescent Beach State Park is the one for you. You can sunbathe, enjoy a mile-long walk on the crescent-shaped beach (hence the name!) and immerse your feet in the warm sand to reconnect with nature. This also is a great location for sea glass collectors, so be sure to bring something to carry any treasures you find.
Located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Crescent Beach State Park is welcoming and instantaneously captivates you with the salty ocean air, wooded trails, and perfect crescent-shaped sandy beach. Bonus: it’s right next door to two other excellent State Parks.
The beach is open all year round, so you can get to enjoy both refreshing summer swims and invigorating winter walks. If you want to take strolls through the woods (which, by the way, are magnificent) in the snowy season, please put on some snowshoes – or it might be pretty difficult to get around. Open from 9 am to sunset daily, the fee is $6 per adult Maine resident, or free with Maine’s State Park Pass (which I’d highly suggest, I find I always get my money’s worth from the pass). The breathtaking scenery and the relaxing time I got to spend at Crescent Beach State Park is always invigorating. There’s always spacious parking, though the lot it is closed in the snowy months – I suggest parking at the nearby Kettle Cove State Park or Two Lights State Park and walking over to check this place if there is snow on the ground (and let’s face it – in Maine that can sometimes be 6 months of the year!).
This is truly one of Maine’s finest beaches, so you mustn’t miss it – plus they have excellent amenities. There are restrooms, showers to refresh yourself after a swim, covered picnic tables for whenever you get hungry, pavilions which you can get on a first come first serve basis, and a great little playground for when the kiddos get tired of playing in the water. In the summer there’s also a food shack (I’d highly suggest the fries and soft serve), which is perfect if you want to head to the beach out of the blue, or just need an extra ice-cold water. However, because it’s so popular, the beach can definitely fill up fast when it’s hot out, so head there early if you’re looking to spend the day on the sand.
Nature also has a lot to offer; apart from swimming, lounging on the sandy beach, and walking the paths, there is also excellent birdwatching, critter scouting, fishing, and kayaking (with rentals available in the summer if you don’t have your own). So, just take your time and enjoy the waves and the calling of the ocean. Even if the water is too cold for you, the offerings are so numerous around Crescent Beach State Park that it is impossible to get bored. That great place has something reserved for everybody. I can never decide what I like better – sunbathing in the winter and cross-country skiing into the park in the winter – guess I’ll just have to keep going back until I make up my mind.
Shots from Crescent Beach State Park
Here are some of our favorites shots we got while exploring Crescent Beach State Park.
Where Is It?
From Portland, drive about 8 miles south on Route 77 into Cape Elizabeth – you’ll see signs for it on the left!
Crescent Beach State Park
109 Bowery Beach Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(Plus Code: HQ78+FV Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough Town, ME)