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“Nice "in between" with kids”

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice "in between" with kids”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a real canoeing experience but on the gentle marsh so a good choice for going out with kids. There is also a nature center with lots of activities for kids, and a very friendly volunteer staff who engaged the kids and were eager to help. A fun time.

Visited July 2013
Thank Lou W
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Scarborough, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place for young and old alike”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Looks like a rundown shack, but it is clean and full of interesting things. Kids can touch everything and will learn lots of interesting facts. Adults can do anything from just wander around observing the marsh to renting a canoe for a moonlight tour.

Visited July 2013
Thank ScarboroughFoodie170
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice trail for walking and biking”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Saw a lot of locals biking, jogging, and walking. A sanctuary for birds and expansive view of marsh lands. A different side of Maine's natural beauty.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank NewToSH
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
485 reviews
296 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 452 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Explore a Salt Marsh”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

On a crisp day bright with fall colors, this proves to be a great place for nature photography. The Center is on ME 9 north of Pine Point Beach. Parking is a dirt lot. The estuary on which the Center sits is Maine’s largest. Its 3,100 or so acres embrace 2,700 acres of salt marsh, five tidal rivers, several smaller streams, some coastal freshwater marsh, tidal flats, and about 200 acres of upland habitat. The Center itself features trails, exhibits, a nature store, and canoe rentals. Cheerful Center volunteers are helpful with options and directions. Guided walks and canoe tours are available. In season, canoe rentals are $30 for two hours. I opted for the Center’s self-guided nature trail. There's a detailed brochure for it. The trail has 11 stations, mostly east of ME 9. Use caution if you cross the highway. No bicycles or off-road vehicles can use the trail. The trail's natural history displays are informative. Seabirds and shorebirds are abundant, but even the sea grasses make intriguing studies. Nearby is the Eastern Trail, part of a growing coastal network; it permits bicycling and bisects the marsh. Bring the entire family to this Center; it’s a wonderful way to discover and connect with Nature!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank mainemountainbear
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Suffield, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
341 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Great Fun with the Kids”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

My teenage son wanted to do some canoeing or kayaking while we were at Old orchard beach for a long weekend. So I asked the condo manager for a recommended place to go that is good for both teenagers and young kids. My sister in-law was with us and she has a 6 and 8 year old. The manager recommended the Scarborough Audubon Center. The center is located right on the salt marsh and has a small store and some displays of the local animals that you can see in the marsh. We decided to rennet 2 canoes with 3 people each. The price was $16 per hour which is really reasonable. You can stay as long as you want. They supply the life vest and the assistant showed us how to paddle and steer. They also have a guided tour in which one of the naturalists goes out as a guide. But we decided to just do our own. The location of the center is about mid marsh so they recommend that you go against the tide on the out leg and have the tide and current help you on the way back. You can do what you want but we followed their recommendation. We had a lot of fun and wished we had time to stay longer. The staff was very helpful and we will definitely do it again. I know there are other places to go but this was easy and reasonably priced compared to some of the other ones. One note is that if you have your own canoe or kayak you can launch them from the center.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Red-Barchetta2011
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