Deering Oaks: 51 Acres of Outdoor Family Fun

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall : Deering Oaks is the largest park in Portland with year round potential. In the summer, the park hosts several concerts throughout the week and especially on the weekends. The concerts and events held in the park usually feature local bands and folk singers that cover virtually all types of music. These events are typically used to spread awareness or raise funds for local organizations. Also in the summer, a farmer’s market is held in the middle of the park by local farmers. The market provides harvest goods such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, jellies, maple syrup, and other Maine Maine made products. The newly renovated information center at the park provides local Portland information on historical sites. The park’s information center provides maps of Portland that show various historical sites within the city. At the information center, you can also grab a snack at the snack bar. Deering Oaks park also provides four tennis courts, two volleyball courts with real beach sand, and one basketball court. If you don’t have enough people for the game of your choice, you can usually find other people in the park and start a pick-up game. This is a great way to meet new people that share your interests. The park is also a great place to bring your kids. After a nice morning playing on the playground, which has a section designed for young children and another for older kids, take the kids over to the splash pool, where they can play in the sprinklers and cool off after an active morning. Just next to the splash park is a beautiful pond with an abundance of ducks and the occasional swan. In the center of the pond, there is an adorable red duck house that the ducks nest. You can feed the ducks or just sit and enjoy the view. In the fall, you can stroll through the 51 acre park on the winding trails. You can see the leaves change colors from green, yellow, orange, and red. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Maine’s stunning fall season. In the winter, the park is still a wonderful place to visit. The pond’s water level is drained to a foot or less of water and when it freezes, the snow is plowed off and is made into the perfect outdoor ice skating arena. The snow on the park trails is also cleared, so you can still enjoy walking your dog, a winter jog, or just a leisurely stroll through the park. The winter in the park is also a great place to bring your children for winter activities such as making snow men, snow angels, or building a fort. So don’t let cabin fever set in or get you down this winter, plan a visit to the park for the perfect cure.

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