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I recently went camping in Maine and it brought out an inner child in me that I hadn’t felt in awhile. I ran around the incredible campground swimming, playing, sleeping on the ground, dancing, and playing sports I hadn’t played in years.

We packed up our bus with any sort of game or activity we may want to play, which included a few tennis balls and tennis rackets. We started the mornings whacking around the tennis ball and man, it felt good.

It made me realize how easy it is to get outside and get active and it’s a sport you don’t need to be good at to play, you can take it easy and just rally it back and forth and who cares if you mess up.

If you want to get a real game on then yeah, skill is required, but if you just want to be outside getting active with friends, it’s such an easy and free thing to do.

Where to Play Tennis in Maine

To make it even better, there are free places to play scattered across the state. In most towns and cities, there’s a tennis court nearby. If it’s open, it’s yours to play. I was driving by Westbrook High School the other day and the courts were empty so me and my partner peeled in and got a few rallies in.

I definitely underestimated what a workout tennis is; just 20 minutes in and my heart rate was through the roof and I had broken out in a sweat. It felt great.

There are plenty of places to play around Maine and I’ll definitely be making the rounds and trying them out. A personal favorite of mine are the courts at the Eastern Promenade in Portland because they come with unbelievable water views.

Here are a few others in the area:

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