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  • Ogunquit Heritage Museum

    by Mainepaula Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Museum is lopcated on the idyllic Dorothea Grant Common, located between Rte. 1 and Shore Road. The museum is housed in an historic 1780's Cape Cod. Exhibits there range from the early settlers , Perkins Cove and the early fishing and ship building trades, the Ogunquit Dory, the famed art schools of Ogunquit, early hotels of Ogunquit and the advent of the tourist industry, the Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit authors, architecture of the Winn House and other aspects of Ogunquits' heritage The Musuem is open from June through Septemeber, Tuesday through Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM.

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  • Perkins Cove

    by peach93 Updated Aug 22, 2008

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    On the far side of the town of Ogunquit, all the way down at the end of Shore Road, lies a pretty little village called Perkins Cove. Its full of tiny shops and seafood restaurants and looks just like a picture postcard of a New England seaside town. The small cove is home to several working lobster boats. If you're in Ogunquit it's a very nice place to visit or to have lunch. You can get there easily by walking, either down Shore Road from the main part of the downtown (about 1/2 mile) or you can walk there via the Marginal Way along the coast, which is longer, but much more scenic. If you need to drive you'll have to park a little ways out of the village because there is no parking there. There are two lots that I know of, each charging between $5 and $8 for the day.

    Boats in Perkins Cove Perkins Cove Cottage Boat Launch House on the Cliff
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    Day at the Beach

    by momstribeof7 Written Jul 27, 2008

    Go to Ogunquit Beach. We went on a day that was about 88 degrees. We were at the nothern most end of the beach. The water was really cold, c'mon it's Maine. I stood in up to my ankles, my feet started to feel numb. On a really hot day though that's all you need is to cool your feet. The kids mostly played in the sand. They would also go out to about knee deep and wait for the waves to come in and then turn and run like mad to keep from getting taken down by the waves. Most of the time they made it. Where we were though there was a huge sand bar that trapped just a tiny pool of water only less than a foot deep, this was a great spot for my youngest to play. He is just under 2 yrs. and the sand bar allowed the water here to warm a little. The crowds started to leave around 3:30pm - 4:00pm. Be prepared to pay about $15 for the days parking at the beach. Also the sand is super soft, but not too many shells to be found.

    Kids running from the waves at Ogunquit Beach. Happy to just play in the sand. In the distance, long sand bar, and shallow pool.
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    Great day on the Marginal Way

    by momstribeof7 Updated Jul 27, 2008

    There is a walking path that leads from Perkins Cove to the main drag in town. If you walk the whole way you'll pass a lighthouse out on the point. It's not a working lighthouse, but one nonetheless. Great views all the way and many places to look out, some even with benches, also you can climb down the rocks to where the waves are crashing. My kids loved it! They made me a little nervous, climbing in flip flops...but they're kids. We spent about an hour and a half. We would have stayed longer but I'd only paid for so long on my parking at the Cove. There were a lot of locals along the path just sitting back reading in the shade of the trees, perched on the rocks meditating, keeping fit walking the path. My suggestion would be to allow yourself plenty of time, do the whole walk at your own pace, take in the views, bring your camera, let the kids climb to use up some energy, or even you, if you are so inclined... and then go to Barnacle Billy's for a bite to eat on the patio.

    The Marginal Way view of waves crashing. Waves crashind ashore along The Marginal Way. Kids climbing the rocks along The Marginal Way.
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    Walk the Marginal Way

    by Hopkid Written Oct 6, 2007

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    The Marginal Way is a flat, paved walkway along the rocky Maine coast that links the Perkins Cove area to downtown Ogunquit. From the path walkers have views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rocky coastline. New England shrubs and perennials can also be seen along the walk which is a relaxing endeavor during nice weather. It's definitely a nice alternative to driving from one end of town to the other and fighting for parking at either end.

    View near Perkins Cove The north end near downtown Ogunquit
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    Ogunquit Playhouse

    by Dabs Written Sep 27, 2007

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    We didn't have time to catch a performance here but it looks like they have a really good community theater with a full season of plays and draw some actors that you may have heard of, currently playing was "The Full Monty" starring Sally Struthers from "All in the Family" and Adrian Zmed from "TJ Hooker".

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    Go to the beach

    by Dabs Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    After we dropped our stuff off at the B&B we headed to the beach for a walk. Ogunquit's beach is a gorgeous stretch of powdery white sand, 3 1/2 miles long. Access to the beach is limited to three spots, at Ocean Street where you walk over the Footbridge where we started, Beach Street near the center of town where we ended and Ogunquit North Beach abutting Moody Beach, accessed from Bourne Avenue in Wells. Mostly empty late in the afternoon in late September, I imagine it's wall to wall people on a sunny summer afternoon.

    Ogunquit's residents are to be thanked for keeping this beach as lovely as it is, when development threatened the beach, they petitioned the State to keep it undeveloped and it was eventually designated a public park, one of only two municipally owned beaches in Maine. The owner of our B&B, when we asked about visiting Old Orchard Beach, he scoffed and called that beach a "honky tonk beach" and said we had the best beach in the area right outside our door. Indeed we did!

    Ogunquit Beach Footbridge Near the Footbridge

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  • The Ogunquit Playhouse

    by peach93 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    One of the country's last surviving summerstock theatres, this place is really something. During the summer months they put up 7 or 8 shows a week of classic musicals like "South Pacific" starring people you were pretty sure had fallen off the face of the earth. They also have children's shows during the day. Those are actually pretty good. The last time I was in Ogunquit the Playhouse was running a production of "The King and I" starring Lorenzo Lamas. Remember him??? It's too funny. Other times I've been in town they've had shows starring Sally Struthers and Rue McClanahan.

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  • The Marginal Way

    by peach93 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The Marginal Way is a walking path that takes you along the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The views from there are great, and the path is paved so it's easy to navigate. Bikes, rollerblades, dogs and things like that aren't allowed since the path is quite narrow. The Marginal Way begins in downtown Ogunquit and goes on for about a mile or so to Perkins Cove.

    View from Marginal Way
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  • Ogunquit Beach

    by peach93 Written Aug 3, 2007

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    The beach in Ogunquit is one of the nicest in northern New England, a vast stretch of soft white sand with none of the bothersome rocks found on most New England beaches. Like all beaches this far north though, the water is pretty cold, at least until August, and lots of people still think it's cold then (unless they're Canadians or New Englanders). The beach usually has some nice waves and you'll find a lot of people windsurfing. It's also got lifeguards on duty and some nice ammenities like a little place to buy ice cream and drinks and a small restaurant. There are even a couple of motels right on the beach--if you're lucky enough to get a reservation in the summer time.

    Sailboat from the beach Ogunquit Beach
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    Walk the Marginal Way

    by TempNomad Written Sep 15, 2004

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    You really must do this, if you are able. It's a lovely walk with lots of benches, some secluded, some out in the open. It follows the coastline and you can see lobster boats, sails, and buoys along with loads of wildlife.

    It's a wonderful walk almost any time of the year. It begins (or ends) in a corner of Oarweed Cove (or Perkins Cove) near the harbor, then runs for 1 ΒΌ miles.

    photo from the Elmhurst
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  • Walking along the Marginal...

    by ktobias Updated Jul 13, 2003

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    Walking along the Marginal Way. It is 1 1/4 miles long. You walk along the beach to Perkins Cove. You can see the ocean and houses along the way. You can walk the whole way or part of it. It is a great way to get some exercise.

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    Walking the Marginal Way is a...

    by RhondaRuth Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    Walking the Marginal Way is a must!
    The views are spectacular, the air refreshing and good exercise to boot!
    There are plenty of benches along the way for you to sit , rest and take in the views. The path is also tarred and wide enough for a wheel chair. Great for all family members to enjoy!

    Walking the Marginal Way to Perkins Cove
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  • I just love the beach and...

    by ShirleyD Written Oct 5, 2002

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    I just love the beach and walking around the beautiful little stores. A nice place to walk after dinner is Perkins Cove and Kennebunk Port where there is nice scenery and unique little stores. I must say that my favorite place for ice cream is Vikings (the kid in me speaking here) because you make your own sunday (choice of nuts, fruits, marshmallow melt, chocolate fudge, hot caramel, candy sprinkles, etc.). Another place is the Candy Store on Maine street, they make their candies homemade, it is always a good place for a treat or to buy gifts.

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    Right in Ogunquit is the neat...

    by JohnMJ Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Right in Ogunquit is the neat little shopping village and the wonderful sandy beach. There is a beautiful shoreline walk, called Marginal Way which goes to picturesque Perkins Cove. Storybook Maine. A short dirve in the York Beach area is a neat lighthouse inwhich the keeper must use a cable to get to, as it is on a big rock island. This is Cape Neddick Light.

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