Camping under New England's Stars
180 Old County Rd. 508-349-3007.
Salty Acres Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine
This very large (225 sites), full-service campground takes full advantage of one of southern Maine’s prettiest stretches of coastline. Families use this mostly as base camp for forays to nearby Goose Rocks Beach, a three-mile swath of white sand with a shallow grade and lack of surf that make it perfect for the sand-pail set. Its tidal pools keep budding naturalists entertained for hours.
277 Mills Rd. (Rte. 9). 207-967-2483.
Whispering Pines Campground, East Orland, Maine
Fifty campsites hug the shoreline of Toddy Pond, a wild and undeveloped 10-mile-long lake only 30 miles from Acadia National Park. Explore Toddy by canoe (free of charge to campers) or stay cool on the campground’s swimming beach. The gradual, sandy grade makes it safe for children to swim and wallow. This is Thoreau’s unspoiled Maine woods, but, thankfully, it’s retrofitted with flush toilets, fireplaces, and horseshoe courts. If your family tires of wildlife (keep your eyes peeled for moose, loons, and deer), venture to nearby Bar Harbor for shopping, sightseeing, and a saltwater fix.
Rte. 1. 207-469-3443.