If you have not yet been (or even if you have,) I would highly recommend taking a trip to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray Maine. I went this past Saturday with my mother and my 7 year old son.
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday, have fun, and learn about Maine's wildlife all at the same time. The park is large enough to be able to spend several hours walking around the various paths and displays, but yet small enough that you won't be exhausted at the end of your visit. There is even a picnic area and you can easily run back out to your car to grab a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. Click here to view a map of the Maine Wildlife Park.
Located at 56 Game Farm Road, just off Route 26 in Gray, Maine, the park has an incredible array of Maine animals on display and educational programs throughout the season. The animal residents of the Maine Wildlife Park were all either injured or previously kept as illegal pets and are not able to survive in the wild.
Two of the most interesting residents are the albino raccoon and the albino porcupine. There are also deer, bears, moose, bobcats, turtles, & raptors just to name a few and you will notice chipmunks EVERYWHERE!
Many of the animals have large, natural setting enlcosures, and there is even an automated audio tour you can use with your cell phone.
My biggest problem was to get my 7 year old to stop taking pictures. He was so excited about being able to take pictures of the animals, but I was concerned that he was going to spend so much time looking through his camera that he would not truly enjoy just being there. He calmed down about the photos when we went inside the nature store and found a great little guide book that included color photos of all of the animals with information as well. The "Critter Guide" was only $6 and enabled him to stop focusing on taking pictures and just enjoy seeing everything in person and making memories.
This is truly a destination not to be missed!
The park is open through November 11, 2010
Daily from 9:30 to 4:30,
but once inside, visitors can stay until 6:00pm.