Scarborough, once known as "Owascoag,” or the "place of much
grass,” is as appealing as the name implies. Located approximately 7 miles
south of the City of Portland, Scarborough offers the lovely rocky coastline
made famous by local artist, Winslow Homer. Here, gentle marshes turn slowly into
sandy beaches, and boardwalks provide walking tourists a place to slow down and
enjoy the scenery.
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The Scarborough shoreline is a nice place to take a
refreshing dip on hot summer days, and area beaches provide the perfect access.
Scarborough Beach State Park and Higgins Beach are both great places to spend an afternoon, and unlike much of
Maine’s coastline, these beaches are covered in soft, comfortable sand. Pine
Point Beach extends for four scenic miles along Saco Bay and the Atlantic
Ocean, from the jetty at the mouth of the Scarborough River to Old Orchard
Beach, where there's plenty of room to spread out on the shore.
At the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, visitors can take
a guided or self-guided tour of Maine's largest salt marsh, on foot or by canoe,
to get a close-up view of its bountiful birdlife. Another special stop on your
journey, Wassamki Springs, features a one mile sandy beach on a 30 acre
private lake, with camping facilities. There’s also opportunities for golfers at
the 203-acre Nonesuch River Golf Course, and visitors will find the lushly
landscaped and majestic cliffs of the Black Point Inn, located at the tip of
Prouts Neck, irresistible.
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Neck, a peninsula which juts out from Scarborough, is known for being the
home of the artist Winslow Homer’s studio, which overlooks Cannon
Rock. The restored property, now owned by the Portland Museum of Art, is a National
Historic Landmark and is open for tours during the summer and fall seasons.