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“Its's a STATE Beach, but another close by”

Ferry Beach State Park
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Saco
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Owner description: Located between Old Orchard Beach and Saco, this 117-acre park offers white sand beaches with swimming, picnicking, trail hiking and guided nature programs.
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“Its's a STATE Beach, but another close by”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Ferry Beach State Park does have an entrance fee. Even to walk or bike it. Accept this since its a STATE Beach, and they need the revenue to keep operating. What none of the other reviewers noted, is that 1/2 mile down on Bayview Road is FREE parking on Bayview Road Beach. It does get crowded, though its the same sand, same view, lifeguards, just simply walk down the beach a mile to the right or so, if you are able to, and can access the Ferry Beach State Park system.
Yes, FSB has lovely groomed trails for walking or biking, shaded, parking, and restrooms.
So if you want all of that, pay the entrance fee and enjoy it.
If you simply want to sit on a beach, drive a little further on Bayview Road and enjoy the town beach.(no signage) All in all, Saco is close to Old Orchard Beach, without all the excitment.

Visited August 2013
7 Thank VestyFam
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Dover, New Hampshire
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943 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,948 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2013

This nice, well-kept beach in Saco is away from the crowds at Old Orchard Beach. It is a place for a single person to sit and read a book. It's good or families. Parents can easily keep an eye on youngsters without being next to them every second.

On the long drive in from the road through the woods, you pick up on the park's peaceful setting.

The road leads up the ranger's hut where you pay admission. The present Day Use Fee Schedule is:
Adult Maine Residents: $4.00
Adult Non Maine Residents: $6.00
Maine Residents 65 + up: Free
Non Maine Resident Seniors: $2.00
Children 5 - 11 years old: $1.00
Children under 5: Free

The parking lot probably holds about 150 vehicles. But, on the day of my visit, there were only 12 vehicles in the lot.

From different parts of the parking lot, it's a short walk to the picnic area, trailheads, restroom/bathhouse, outdoor shower, or walkway to the beach which is made of eco-friendly Trex-type decking. It's about 1/8 of a mile walk to the beach.

Once on the beach, pick your spot. Some parts of the beach have shade in the afternoon. There's more to see than just sand and Saco Bay. There are a couple of islands, one of which is Ram Island. Several sailboats sailed by in the three hours I was there. Then, on both sides of this beach, the coastline is dotted with buildings---cottages, hotels, and restaurants. You may want to pack the binoculars.

Then, when you've had enough of the sun and surf, you may want to take a hike on one of the trails in the 1.7 mile network. All are rated EASY. The Tupelo Trail is 4/10 of a mile. The Red Oak Trail is 1/10 of mile. The White Oak Trail is 4/10 of a mile. The Greenbriar Trail and Witchhazel Trail are each 1/10 of mile.

There is also a Nature Center that opened July 14, 2013 which holds ranger programs periodically.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Maurene_K
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Hartford, CT
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97 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Nice beach, but unhappy about price as solo traveller”
Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

The beach was well maintained, with a nice view of two offshore islands. I didn't go on the trails, or use the bath house, but $6 seemed high to sit on the beach for 2 hours (I am not a Maine resident). Many Maine state parks have entry fees averaging $5 that have discouraged me from going as a solo traveller. Not sure if these fees are by car or by person.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank bbyron
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Saco, ME
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Beautiful FAMILY beach”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you want excitement, go to Old Orchard Beach. Nice shaded picnic area in the woods by the parking area; nice for getting out of the sun.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank SacoFamily2
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San Diego, California
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Nice little find”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a nice little area down by Camp Ellis in Scarborough, south of Old Orchard Beach, past Ocean Park and Kinney Shores. There are places you can walk your dogs, little trails in the slight woods there where you can explore or take a walk, and a nice little beach area. Restaurants in Camp Ellis and closer are available. They have good lobster rolls at the little convenience store near there, but I can't remember the name of it.

Visited June 2013
Thank WeBJamman
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