For a true Maine outdoor adventure, skip the hotel this summer and consider braving the wilderness and sleeping under the stars at one of the beautiful campgrounds located in the Mid Coast area. With a range of oceanfront sites, cottages and activities, each offers an exciting and accommodating Maine experience for families to enjoy.
Located right on the ocean in Southport, Maine, and only a quick five-minute drive from Boothbay Harbor, Gray Homestead Oceanfront Camping is the perfect place to bring a camera, family and pet for a weekend, or summer.
The campground features its own private sandy beach, overlooking the surrounding Maine islands. Sites range depending on preference, from RV sites, to tent sites, some overlooking the ocean while others are privately nestled under shady pine trees. Gray’s also offers a variety of oceanfront cottages and condos designed with classic Maine architectural style. Choose from a variety of designs, sizes and locations perfect for all types of travelers.
For just a small reasonable price, Gray’s provides Kayak rentals for those hoping to explore Maine’s ocean coves, islands and lighthouses on their own. Their one and two-person Old Town Loon kayaks are stable and ideal for ocean waters, and are appropriate for children with parental supervision. Perhaps a lucky kayaker will even catch the hosts, Suzanne and Steve Gray, out lobstering before dinner, when they’ll cook up real fresh Maine lobster for their campers.
Shore Hills Campground and RV Park in Boothbay, Maine, is perfect for campers hoping to stay an entire summer, or even only for a few days. They say there’s “no rig too big,”(or too small) for their various sites. Just 3.5 miles from Boothbay Harbor, Shore Hills provides a large range of RV, tent and cabin sites within its own private camping community, and a shuttle service to the harbor’s shops and restaurants.
But there’s plenty to do on site as well. Visitors are welcomed by a large general store filled with camping supplies, groceries, and even lobster and clam kettles. The Recreation Room holds events such as a Dance to The Wildhorse Band on July 2nd and September 3rd, as well as an annual dog show on Labor Day weekend.
At high tide, try to catch a fish in the Maine ocean, or experience one of the scenic tours of the area. Special trips to Boothbay’s Botanical Gardens can be scheduled at the campground office, and there are many local trails for a day of hiking on the coast.