Peaks Island

Portland, Maine

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Take a 20-minute ferry to a paved bike loop around a picturesque island, light spelunking in historic World War II bunkers, and attractive beaches. Peaks Island was once known as the Coney Island of Maine. Today, it is a small town neighborhood within the city of Portland, a place where kid-run lemonade stands are plentiful in summertime and you can still find flowers or honey for sale at the end of a driveway (on the honor system, of course). Tourists flock here in the warmer months to take in the views of Casco Bay, explore the few quirky museums and galleries, and get a taste for laid-back island living. The ferry—a 20-minute crossing from downtown Portland—runs rain or shine throughout the year, making this an accessible destination anytime you’re in the area. Bikes are available for rent on the island near the ferry terminal.
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire,  and Vermont

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Take a 20-minute ferry to a paved bike loop around a picturesque island, light spelunking in historic World War II bunkers, and attractive beaches. Peaks Island was once known as the Coney Island of Maine. Today, it is a small town neighborhood within the city of Portland, a place where kid-run lemonade stands are plentiful in summertime and you can still find flowers or honey for sale at the end of a driveway (on the honor system, of course).

Tourists flock here in the warmer months to take in the views of Casco Bay, explore the few quirky museums and galleries, and get a taste for laid-back island living. The ferry—a 20-minute crossing from downtown Portland—runs rain or shine throughout the year, making this an accessible destination anytime you’re in the area. Bikes are available for rent on the island near the ferry terminal.

© 2014 Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Road Biking, Walking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Contact Casco Bay Lines for Peaks Island ferry schedule
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Portland Trails, 207-775-2411, trails.org/our-trails/peaks-island-loop; Casco Bay Peaks Island Ferry (ferry fees and schedule), 207-774-7871, cascobaylines.com/schedules/peaks-island-schedule; Brad’s Bike Rental & Repair (bike rentals on Peaks Island), 207-766-5631
Local Maps: USGS Portland East quad; trails.org/our-trails/peaks-island-loop
Driving Directions: Directions to Peaks Island

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