The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray is almost ready to open for the season and the moose, owls, bald eagles, foxes, black bears and a couple of dozen other animals are waiting to see you.

The Maine Wildlife Park has a long history of taking in and caring for animals in Maine that are injured, orphaned, or dependent on humans because they were raised in captivity, usually illegally.

The park is operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and has a dedicated staff that cares for the animals year-round, but the park is only open to the public from spring. It also is financially self-sufficient, meaning your tax dollars are not used to fund it. That's clearly not an issue for the park as they see over 120,000 visitors annually.

All the animals at the Wildlife Park are native to Maine with the exception of the peacocks who are still residents of the park since peacocks have been there since the 1940's.

Visiting the Maine Wildlife Park is an annual tradition for many Mainers as well as people from all over the country who come for the summer and the opening is sooner than you might think.

On April 15, the Maine Wildlife Park will open for the season seven days a week rain or shine and on holidays. It's just a $10 admission fee for adults and $7.50 for seniors and kids 3 to 12. Don't forget to bring your quarters so you can feed some of the animals.

Family Friendly Day Trips From Portland, Maine Your Kids Will Love

Looking for something fun to do with the family but want to stretch your legs outside of Maine for the day or weekend? Here's a list of fun spots for you and your family to enjoy that could easily be done as a long day trip or a quick weekend away. Everything on this list is within x hours of Portland.

For reference, when putting in Portland, Maine on Google Maps, it places the street view guy at Portland Town Hall. Depart time is being set at 8:00 am on a Saturday in June to account for traffic.

Did your favorite make the list? Anywhere new you plan to check out?

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