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Freeport sits just 20 minutes' drive from Portland, Maine’s largest city and a vibrant cultural center in northern New England. Unlike its larger cousin to the south though, Freeport doesn’t have much traffic. Instead, you’ll find an abundance of great shopping, restaurants, and the beautiful landscapes that Downeast Maine is known for. One of the best places to stay when you’re motorhome camping near Freeport is the Freeport/Durham KOA campground.
When you rent a camper near Freeport/Durham KOA, you’ll have access to full hookups with 50 amp electrical capacity and sites capable of fitting an RV rental up to 85 feet long. If you’re visiting during the summer months, there’s a swimming pool (with water slide) to cool off in and a playground for the kids to burn off some energy. If you’re traveling with pets, there’s also a designated dog park where they can stretch their legs.
Don’t worry about emptying your tanks before camping with an RV near Freeport; the KOA has a dump station that you can make use of. If your clothes get a little dirty from having a little too much fun outside, there are laundry facilities available too. What most people like about staying at the KOA though is the community aspect of it; the RV campground puts on lots of events like pancake breakfasts, live music, and organized hikes that are great for bringing travelers together and making new friends.
The Freeport area has a wealth of great outdoor activities to participate in too, the problem is figuring out how to fit them all in. If you’re up for some island hopping, rent a kayak in Freeport and launch into Casco Bay. There are literally dozens of islands to explore in the bay, many of them public and open for hiking. Pick up a copy of the Maine Island Trail book to find out which ones you can traverse.
One of the more unique places to explore when RV camping at Freeport/Durham KOA is the Desert of Maine, a few minutes' drive to the west of the downtown area. Its 40 acres of dunes are formed from glacial silt and are the result of overfarming, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting to wander around for an hour or so.
Acadia National Park is also within driving distance when you book an RV in Cumberland County, and one of the most popular attractions in New England. The park occupies the majority of Mount Desert Island and features some of Maine’s most beautiful coastline. The best way to explore the park is on a bicycle, which can be rented in the funky little town of Bar Harbor just outside Acadia’s boundaries. With a set of wheels, you can ride the park’s carriage roads, a set of pathways that were once used by the Rockefeller family when the entire island was their vacation property.
Freeport is known for having some of the best shopping in New England with brand name stores in the Freeport Shopping Outlets selling their wares for a fraction of the price of retail stores. Everything from olive oil to cosmetics is sold in the mile-long stretch of shopping center near the Freeport train depot. Freeport is also home to the flagship L.L. Bean Store, a sprawling complex of everything outdoor, showcasing some of their most popular products.
When camping in Freeport, you’ll also want to make time for a day trip down to Portland though. Much like its well-known cousin on the west coast, Maine’s Portland is quickly becoming a tourist haven complete with gourmet donuts and food truck gatherings. You can still find a lot of old-school charm in it too; historic lighthouses dot the coastline, and cobblestone streets in the downtown area are more reminiscent of Boston than a working-class fishing community. You’ll also find that most of the good truck stops in southern Maine are located near the highway interchanges surrounding Portland. If you need to fuel up or empty your tanks, this would be the place to do it.
While there’s plenty of great shopping and restaurants in Freeport and Portland, if you’re in need of a big-city experience when camping at the Freeport/Durham KOA campground, Boston is just a short train ride away. The Amtrak Downeaster runs several times each day, making it convenient for day and overnight trips. Check the schedule to see if you can make it into Bean Town for a Sox game when you're camping with an RV at Freeport/Durham KOA.