While the grandparents were visiting this week, we spent a memorable day at Reid State Park in Georgetown. The quintessential Maine park offers swimming at both a traditional beach (Todd’s Point) and a warmer, saltwater lagoon (Griffith Head). Our crew opted for the road to Todd’s Point, where we spotted deer grazing in a field and gulls flying over salt marshes. And the view of the ocean? Spectacular.
Todd’s Point provides a grassy picnic area that overlooks the ocean, and a few private tables along the trail to the beach. There are charcoal grills available, which are perfect for large family gatherings. For those who want a quick bite, the Todd’s Point Snack Bar has classic beach fare, including hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, ice cream and lobster rolls. Do note: the snack bar is open on weekends only.
The walk to Half-Mile beach from the Todd’s Point parking area is short, but there is a rudimentary stone stairway at the end. For parents with babies, an infant carrier is just the thing. A stroller is tricky to maneuver here, so you might want to leave it in the car.
The wide, sandy beach is perfect for kite flying, but wow-wee, is the ocean water cold (58º on the day we visited). MP was thankful for a rocky tide pool, which provided a warmer play space for the kids.
After a few hours of play, our duo looked liked they were coated in Shake and Bake, so we were pleased with the showers at the bathhouse.
For a different beach experience, take the road to Griffith Head, where you’ll find access to Mile Beach and the aforementioned, toddler-friendly salt-water lagoon. The scenery here is equally beautiful and there are trails nearby for exploring. The snack bar at Griffith Head is open throughout the week, so treats are always available.
Reid State Park
375 Seguinland Road