Maine’s inland and coastal beaches draw many to relax, play and explore their picturesque shores and surrounding beauty. Everyone deserves to experience the serenity of a Maine beach day, so we’re sharing some of the best accessible beaches for all to enjoy. These areas were all rated three stars (good accessibility) by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The experienced staff at the Bureau encourages visitors to contact them to discuss individual needs and abilities.
Range Pond Beach
A short drive from the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Range Pond’s white sandy beach and smooth, surfaced promenade paralleling the pond make this area accessible for all to enjoy. A new group shelter, playground and accessible enhancements have been completed. In the summer months, food service is available from food trucks (access will vary by truck); head over to the accessible picnic tables to enjoy.
Aptly named for its mile-long, crescent-shape shoreline, this park’s beach features accessible restrooms, showers and parking and an accessible picnic area with tables. Beach wheelchairs are available so all can enjoy the ocean breeze, beautiful views and grass-laden sand dunes. If you need a break from the beach, head onto one of the park’s wheelchair-accessible trails. In the summer, there are often food trucks featuring surf and turf (food truck accessibility will vary).
Ferry Beach State Park
Before highways were common north of Boston, beach-bound visitors often traveled by boat. This area was named for a nearby ferry that transported travelers to the beach. Its restrooms, picnic accommodations and nature center are accessible to all. Beach wheelchairs are available to enjoy the sweeping views of miles of white sand and blue sea. The nature center includes educational resources to learn about the area’s diverse habitats and is great for kids and adults alike!
Webb Lake Beach, Mount Blue State Park
In Maine’s largest state park (8,000 acres), Webb Lake has a lovely beach that can be accessed via the available beach wheelchairs. Across the lake from Webb Beach is the park’s centerpiece worth admiring: the stunning 3,187-foot Mount Blue. The trails directly around Webb Beach are accessible, and others can be accessed with assistance. Once you’ve had your fill of mountain and lake views, a nature center provides information about the surrounding area. And if you get hungry, a picnic shelter is at the ready for all to use!
Old Orchard Beach
One of Maine’s most popular beaches, this historical seven-mile sandy beach has all the fun with their Palace Playland amusement park and the Pier filled with local restaurants and shops. The town is now offering beach wheelchairs that are free for use and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Now everyone in the family can enjoy the long sandy beach.
This vast beach of rolling surf is as picturesque as it is unusual, with rare geologic landforms that create the long stretches of sand beach. Beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and a new mobility mat has been added to improve accessibility to the beach as well. Parking and picnic accommodations are accessible. Take care as you enjoy this coastal gem—tides are strong.
Sebago Lake Beach
This lakeside beach bordered by forest is situated on the shore of Maine’s deepest and second-largest lake. Beach wheelchairs are available to enjoy the 1,400 acres of sandy beach, while the wooded river trail is a good option when you seek respite from the sun. Accessible food service and picnic accommodations ensure an enjoyable day.