South Portland & Cape Elizabeth

South Portland is best known for its shopping malls. On the other side, where the city meets the ocean, South Portland is home to Southern Maine Community College, which houses the Portland Harbor Museum. Here you can access, and fish from, the 1,000 foot granite breakwater taking you to Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and the three-mile Shoreline Walkway to swim at Willard Beach.

From here take the short drive from South Portland along Shore Road into Cape Elizabeth to Fort Williams Park, one of the most beautiful and treasured open areas of the town, encompassing 90 acres. Families can picnic, swim at the beach, stroll along the walkways, fly a kite, or just lay back and relax taking in the fresh air and outdoor scenery.

It’s a four-season park for sure with cross-country skiing in the winter, sledding, and ice skating on the pond. Towering above this pastoral surrounding is one of the icons of the area and often times the image of Maine itself – Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in the state.

While visiting this area you can enjoy outdoor recreation at Crescent Beach State Park. Located at the southern tip of Cape Elizabeth and consists of 243 acres on the ocean. A short distance to the east you’ll see Two Lights State Park. The park is great for picnicking, barbecuing or a clambake. The 41-acre park gets its name from the twin lighthouses built in 1828.