My all time favorite is Higgins Beach. I grew up there and worked at the Higgins Beach Inn as a teenager. At Higgins you can visit the rocks and catch snails and crabs and see the occasional starfish. Walk to the other end of the beach and you have the river and the wreck of the Howard W. Middleton. The wreck occurred in 1897 when the coal ship ran ashore in heavy fog. There is also Scarborough Beach, Pine Point Beach, and Ferry Beach. Plenty of places to look for the elusive sand dollars.
2. Walking Trails
The Scarborough Land Trust has lots of beautiful trails to walk, hike or snowshoe and cross-country ski. Try Libby River Farm Preserve off the Black Point Road in the fall; the colors and the view of the marsh are spectacular. There is also the newest Pleasant Hill Preserve, with an A.D.A. compliant trail, called Eleanor's Trail. Other trails include Fuller Farm Preserve, Broadturn Farm, Sewell Woods and Frith Farm.
3. Summer Concerts in the Park
In the months of June, July and August hear some of the best local talent Thursday evenings from 6:30-8pm at Memorial Park by the bandstand. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and enjoy the lazy summer evenings while being serenaded, these concerts are sponsored by the Scarborough Chamber of Commerce.
4. Landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places
Richard Hunnewell House is the oldest building in Scarborough having been built in 1684. Winslow Homer Studio on Prouts Neck built in 1884, Portland Railroad Company Substation which was originally a trolley station in 1911 and now houses the Scarborough Historical Museum and the Dunstan Methodist Episcopal Church originally built in 1839.
5. The Eastern Trail
The Eastern Trail is a 10-foot wide trail that meanders through the Scarborough Marsh. Eventually this trail will be connected all the way to Bug Light in South Portland and down the coast of Maine all the way to Kittery. This trail is great for walking, biking and birding.
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