It’s funny. So many folks visiting the Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine, ask “where can I see a moose?” I tell them about “Moose Alley” between Rangeley and Stratton. However, that’s a two-hour drive, though it is one of our favorite day trips in Maine. “Rather than that”, I tell them, “head to Maine Wildlife Park. Moose sighting guaranteed!” Furthermore, it’s only 20 minutes from the Wolf Cove Inn in nearby Gray, Maine. Book your stay at Wolf Cove Inn today to see a moose in Maine.
Maine Wildlife Park
First of all, Maine Wildlife Park is not a zoo. Rather than like a typical zoo, injured, orphaned or human-dependant native animals find sanctuary at the park. Moose, bear, birds – even skunks – that likely wouldn’t survive in the wild inhabit the park. In total, over 30 species of native Maine wildlife call the park home.
What You’ll Find At Maine Wildlife Park
The park is structured into about a dozen separate wildlife areas (map of park). Furthermore, a network of walkways containing educational material about the wildlife and their habitat connects the areas. Plenty of paved roads and trails make the park wheelchair accessible too. Walking the entire park covers about 1 2/3 miles.
The following additional critters also reside at the park:
- Black bears
- A wide variety of deer
- Smaller critters like beavers, porcupines, skunks, and racoons
- Water dwellers such as ducks, geese and turtles
- Many raptors including varieties of hawks, eagles and owls too
- Hunters such as coyote, lynx, foxes and bobcats
- Ground birds including turkey, peacocks, and pheasant
- And more
Services At Maine Wildlife Park
Additional services are available for you in the park such as:
- Drinking Water
- Snack Shops
- Gift Shop
- Visitor Center (you’ll find the snakes there!)
- Warden Museum
- Bring your picnic basket. They have picnic benches.
Fees, Hours And Directions To The Park
The park is open daily, from mid-April to mid-November, 9:30-6:00. Admissions end at 4:30.
For 2017, entrance fees range from $5.50 to $7.50, depending on age.
In addition, the park offers photographer (professional and amatuer alike) passes:
- Summer pass – $50 for one hour
- Winter pass – $150 for one hour
The photographer pass grants you special access to animal enclosures. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for up close photography, unimpeded by fences or glass, of Maine wildlife. Advance reservations required.
Maine Wildlife Park is only about 20 minutes from the Wolf Cove Inn, a perfect base for your romantic getaways in Maine. Exiting the Wolf Cove Inn parking lot, cross route 11 onto Tripp Lake Road. Follow about 1.5 miles to the end. Take a right onto route 26. Follow for 10.7 miles. The park is on your left just after the Maine State Inland Fisheries building.
Finally, while in that neck of the woods, be sure to visit Alice at the “Barn On 26 Antiques”. It’s only 0.2 miles from the park. If you are looking for some fine Maine antiques, Alice has some pretty nice stuff in there. Be sure to tell Alice that Sue and Roy from the Wolf Cove Inn sent you.
Visiting Wolf Cove Inn
Wolf Cove Inn is a perfect spot to stay while visiting the Maine Wildlife Park. This bed and breakfast in Maine is well known for serving you an awesome breakfast along with great coffee from Carrabassett Coffee Company. In addition, after learning about Maine wildlife at the park, enjoy your magnificent, lakeside sunset over Tripp Lake. Because of this, vacationing couples love visiting for their romantic getaways in Maine.
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Wolf Cove Inn, 5 Jordan Shore Drive, Poland, Maine 04274 – (207) 998-4976
Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road, Route 26 Gray, ME 04039 – (207) 287-3303