The Maine Wildlife Park Is Awesome

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray is an amazing place. Operated by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, they have dozens of wild animals, including moose, deer, and bears, along with fishers, bobcats, owls, and turtles, and lots more.

I like the fact that these animals are not just in cages but are in habitats like they would live in in the wild. The deer, moose, and bears enjoy large areas in which to roam.

Last Saturday, our son Josh, his wife Kelly, and are two little granddaughters, Esme, age 2, and Ada, age 5, drove from their home in Massachusetts up to Gray where we met them to escort the girls around the Wildlife Park, to celebrate Father’s Day.

Ada insisted on seeing every single animal, so we spent 2 ½ hours there. There are wonderful trails taking you through all the habitats to see all the wild animals. We had seen everything but the turtles and were really eager to have lunch, but Ada refused to leave until she’d seen the “turtles and the fish.”

I, of course, enjoyed every single animal too, including the gorgeous peacock. And we were within a few feet of moose, deer, and bears.

It’s possible to purchase a little feed for the animals and to toss it to them. A small pond was full of ducks and geese and Ada made a good toss of the feed into the pond at which point the geese attacked and chased off the ducks and hogged all the feed.

The park has handicapped assessable bathrooms and lots of picnic tables where you can enjoy your meal or even host a party, and the entrance fees a very reasonable.

On the Saturday that we were there the park was full of little kids, every one of which was smiling and having a great time. But you don’t even have to be a little kid to enjoy the park, and I encourage you to visit sometime soon.

You can learn more about the park at their website:


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.