Freeport Schools and Colleges
Freeport's student population is under the jurisdiction of Freeport Public School District, which is comprised of four schools: Freeport High School, Mast Landing School, Morse Street School, and Freeport Middle School. Several private schools can be found throughout Freeport as well.
Residents of Freeport have access to several colleges and universities in Maine and New Hampshire. Located closest to Freeport are Bowdoin College in Brunswick; University of Southern Maine in Portland; Saint Josephs College in Standish; University of New England in Biddeford; and the University of Maine at Augusta. Plymouth State College and the University of New Hampshire are both located in Plymouth and Durham, New Hampshire, respectively.
Areas of Interest
Freeport is known for its myriad of shopping outlets, having been selected by Yankee Magazine as the "Best Shopping Town in New England." However, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and community events as well. Wolfe's Neck State Park is located a five minute drive from the heart of Freeport and is a great place to reconnect with nature. Open fields, marshes, and different ecosystems such as a salt marsh estuary and forests can be found in Wolfe's Neck. Winslow Park and Campground features 100 campsites, with 23 of those sites located along the rocky shores of Casco Bay, two large picnic shelters, a 6/10 mile trail with breathtaking views of Casco Bay and South Freeport Harbor, boat launches, and a Thursday night concert series near the park's play area.
Freeport is also the home of the smallest desert in the world, the Desert of Maine. The desert features a 40-acre tract of exposed glacial silt in a pine forest. A result of the force of nature, the glacial silt came about when the Tuttle family farmed the land and failed to rotate crops in addition to land clearance and overgrazing, which resulted in soil erosion. This in turned exposed a dune of glacial silt which gradually spread and overtook the farmland. The Desert of Maine is now a popular tourist attraction that is preserved as a natural curiosity and includes a sand museum, farm museum, and gift shop.
Two events stand out in Freeport: the Freeport Shakespeare Festival and the Lobsterman Triathlon. For one week during the summer, residents and visitors can enjoy the many soliloquies, tragedies and comedies as written by the Bard and performed by the resident thespians of Freeport. The festival takes place downtown with festival organizers encouraging visitors and residents to bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of culture and entertainment.
The Lobsterman Triathlon is an exciting event that starts with a 1.5K swim off the coast of Freeport in Casco Bay, a 40K bike ride along the coast of Freeport into neighboring Brunswick, and finally ending with a 10K run that starts from Winslow Park into the village of South Freeport and back. After participants have finished the race, everyone is invited to a traditional lobsterbake for fresh lobster, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, and lively entertainment. And with over 900 athletes from across the country participating in the triathlon, this event is guaranteed to be a great party and success every year.
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