Maine Beaches, Lobster & Lighthouses

The Yorks, Kittery, Eliot and South Berwick

The southernmost towns of Maine are deliciously cozy place to retreat for glorious beaches, classic family summer fun, good food or romance. The famous South Coast beaches, are a magnet for sunbathers, swimmers, and anyone who loves the beauty of sand and surf. Get out in the evening for dinner on the oceanfront, for the sunset or to see the stars light up the night before heading back to your beachfront suite.
The coastline is a place of ongoing maritime activity and history. Charter boats for sailing, sightseeing, or fishing can be found at marinas and harbors in Kittery and York Harbor, ME. The bounty of the sea can be found at harbor markets and restaurants everywhere nearby. Lighthouses dating to the early and mid-19th century dot the landscape, helping to mark the seasons and guide those traveling on the sea.

Greater York Quick Links:
Events Calendar - Attractions Map

Lobster Ready to Shred - Photo Credit York Region Chamber of Commerce

The Towns of Greater York

  • The first towns across the state line from New Hampshire are Kittery and Eliot, ME. Kittery is on the ocean and hosts to several beaches (Crescent, Seapoint, and at Fort Foster Park), great outlet shopping, and, of course, classic New England dining and resorts. Eliot is slightly inland along the Piscataqua River, a small town of farms and outdoor beauty.
  • York, ME is next along the coast. The town has three main villages - York Harbor, York Beach and Cape Neddick. York Beach is known for its wide, sandy Long Sands and Short Sands beaches, where families enjoy can water play all season long. There's also the York Harbor Beach to the south, and Cape Neddick Beach to the north, a small sandy spot near some rocky cliffs.
  • South Berwick, ME is an inland town that has the distinction of being one of the oldest European settlements in the country. While it doesn't have beaches, it does have several historic sites and museums, a state park and small ski area, and hosts an annual Strawberry Festival in June.
Goldenrod Restaurant at Short Sands Beach - Cape Neddick, ME - Photo Credit Google Maps

Year-Round Outdoor Fun

  • York, ME is home to the Nubble (Cape Neddick) Light on an island close to shore. People enjoy it with gusto from neighboring Sohier Park; the annual Christmas lighting and community party is a favorite.
  • York's Wild Kingdom: a zoo-plus-amusement park, is a great fun exploration of animals from around the world.
  • History buffs will enjoy the museums of Old York and Jefferds Tavern, hosting many educational and social events all year.
  • The waterfront in York Harbor, ME has lots of small shops, spots to grab a quick bite to eat or drink, and fun things to do. That includes Fun-O-Rama, an old-time arcade with pinball, skeeball, video games, children's rides, and a bowling alley.
  • Get some air at Take Flight Aerial Adventure Park in Kittery, ME: Their ziplines and rope courses in the trees will get your blood pumping!
Nubble Lighthouse Credit Wikimedia Commons Public Domain License

Credit: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain License)

A Destination in All Seasons

Lodging in the Greater York area accommodates the needs & budgets of all types of visitors.

  • There's the classic oceanfront resort such as The Cliff House in Cape Neddick, ME, with varied levels of luxury and where the view of the ocean is just outside your balcony door.
  • There's classic New England inns and B&Bs such as the Inn at Tanglewood Hall in York Harbor, ME, with amenities both rustic and modern, perfect for a cozy, romantic weekend away from home.
  • If you're traveling with an RV, you can't beat the ocean view at Libby's Oceanside Camp at the south end of York Beach, ME. And they all the needed hookups to get you situated.
  • At Cape Neddick, ME there's a great spot to pitch a tent (or tether the RV) - Dixon's Campground. They also offer yurt rentals, facilities, a playground, and a sizeable outdoor pool.
York Harvestfest 2023
York Harvestfest 2023

Short Sands Beach York Beach, ME, 03909 Phone: 207-363-4422

October 14, 2023

At the 38th Annual York Harvestfest, there’s fun for guests of all ages. Younger attendees can enjoy stories, a roaming railroad, face painting, and other interactive activities at the Kidsfest. Adults can listen to live music; snack on lobster rolls, fried dough, and other yummy local eats; as well as shop for handcrafted items amongst the dozens of arts and crafts vendors from all over New England.
Hours: 9am - 4pm, Rain or Shine.
Jonathan' Ogunquit Exteror Ogunquit ME
Jonathan's Ogunquit

92 Bourne Lane Ogunquit, ME, 03907 Phone: 207-646-4777

Farm-to-table dining at its best in southern Maine

At Jonathan’s Ogunquit, you can look forward to more than a wonderful, one-of-a-kind farm-to-table meal. You can also expect a one-of-a-kind experience, from tables looking out onto gorgeous gardens studded with whimsical statues to the restaurant’s entrancing 600-gallon fish tank. If you are there on a show night, you’re in for a treat. Concert series musicians have included July Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rush; comedians include Paula Poundstone and the topical Capitol Steps troupe. But, mainly, it’s about the food in this casual-fine dining restaurant, where you might start with Boursin stuffed mushrooms, work your way through an entree featuring lamb raised at Jonathan’s farm and end with the legendary creme brulee.
Two Tigers - York's Wild Kingdom - York, ME
York's Wild Kingdom

Route 1 - Animal Park Road York, ME, 03909 Phone: 207-363-4911

New England's Only Zoo AND Amusement Park

Bring your children to York’s Wild Kingdom and enjoy a day with our animals! Visit our Zoo and see dozens of exotic animals, including Lions, a Bengal Tiger, Gibbons, and Ring Tail Lemurs. Here at the zoo, you can feed deer, goats, and ducks all by hand. Walk through and feed a flock of parakeets and view a verity of butterflies in our butterfly aviary. Pony and camel rides are available for an additional fee. Ride the rides and enjoy some fair favorites in our Amusement Park! Take a spin on a carousel or play a round on our mini golf course. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or feast from our snack bars on ice cream, fried dough, hamburgers and more.
York’s Zoo will be open daily from 10am-5pm till -9/24/23 Our Amusement Park is open daily (weather permitting) from 11:30am-5pm till 9/4/23. Then only on weekends till 9/17/23.
Funtown Splashtown USA Go Carts Saco ME
Funtown Splashtown USA

Route 1 Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-284-5139

There’s something fun for everyone, on land and in the water, at this combination park

Whether you’re a kid, or you just want to be a kid for a day, Funtown Splashtown USA is the place to be. With 50 rides, water slides and pools, and tons of games, there is something fun to please everyone. At Funtown, zip along on Excalibur, Maine’s only wooden roller coaster, or on Thunder Falls, New England’s longest and tallest log flume. There are bumper boats and cars, Tilt-a-Whirl and Flying Trapeze thrill rides, and, for the little tykes, train, boat and car rides as well as a carousel and merry-go-round. Over at Splashtown, you can race down Amphitrite’s Challenge on a mat, tube down a crazy slide on Liquid Lightning or zip down the black tube totally in the dark! A family owned and operated business, Funtown Splashtown puts guest safety first. Please review our health safety guidelines prior to your visit.
York Gateway Farmers Market - York, ME
York Gateway Farmers Market

York Chamber of Commerce - 1 Stonewall Lane York, ME, 03909 Phone: 207-363-4422

Local farmers, specialty food producers and crafters sell their fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, fish, meats, cheese, eggs, breads and handmade crafts.
Summer Market: Saturdays from late May to early October, 9am - 1pm.
Fall Market: Saturdays from mid-November to mid-December, 9am - 1pm.