Sanford has an incredible range of recreational possibilities – and it's also close to other special places in Maine and New Hampshire that offer even more adventures.
Water lovers come to Sanford because of its proximity to more than a dozen lakes. With public boat launches available at many lakes, including Mousam, Wilson and Great East lakes, Sanford residents can be on the open water within minutes of leaving home. Prefer a wider vista? The ocean is less than a half hour away, with marinas and ports in Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit and York. Sanford is also just over an hour away from New Hampshire's grand Lake Winnepausaukee and Maine's Sebago Lake.
Here's a quick list of what else you'll find within minutes of Sanford:
Golf courses, in Sanford, South Berwick, Arundel, Wells, Kennebunkport and York.
About a dozen public hiking and mountain biking trails through old forests and along the Mousam River, in Sanford and its village of Springvale.
Hiking, at Bauneg Beg Mountain, just 15 minutes from town. Mount Agamenticus in York is about 35 minutes away. Dozens of mountain trails, including the White Mountains of New Hampshire, are within 90 minutes of Sanford.
Cross country skiing on public trails and at cross-country centers in town and nearby.
Downhill skiing at some of the Northeast's best ski ares, within 90 minutes. (Sunday River is just over two hours away; Sugarloaf, about three.)
For baseball fans, there's a rare treat. Sanford is home to the Sanford Mainers, a member of the prestigous New England College Baseball League, made up of some of the best collegiate players in the country. The historic, pristine stadium at Goodall Park provides a perfect venue for residents and summer visitors to enjoy America's pastime all summer long.
For families, Sundays in Sanford mean trips to the local parks, including gems such as Gowen's Park and Holdsworth Park. Holdsworth Park in Springvale includes a swimming area along the pristine Mousam River. Families come here to cook out, play softball, soak up the sun and enjoy the river. A lifeguard is on duty in the summer. The city's recreation department and the Sanford-Springvale YMCA also offer residents many opportunities throughout the year.
Maine is all about recreation, and Sanford is lucky to be right in the heart of it all.