York Beach Travel Guide

  • The glorious sea
    The glorious sea
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York Beach Things to Do

  • Nubble Lighthouse

    Cape Neddick Lighthouse, better known as Nubble Light can be seen from many spots along the coast in York, Maine. The best view is from Sohier Park which offers an unobstructed view with perfect photo opportunities.You can sit on a bench and watch the waves crashing on the rocks, the seagulls coasting overhead and the occaisonal scuba diving group....

  • Go to the lighthouse in the winter

    It may be cold and windy ( bundle up good ) but lighthouses and rocky Mainecoasts look even more interesting when fresh snow has fallen over theseThis one was taken in February 1998

  • Walk near the Nubble Lighthouse

    York Beach is divided into two beaches - Short Sands at the north and Longs Sands to the south. The beaches are divided by a peninsula that houses the Nubble Lighthouse, which you can visit if you take a few minutes to drive or walk to it. I also suggest walking around the rocky shore just south of the lighthouse, which offers a nice trail through...

  • York's Wild Kingdom

    YORK'S WILD KINGDOM, located in York Beach, Maine has something to offer every member of the family. Each year more than 200,000 people come to visit the largest zoo and amusement park in the area. With exotic animals from around the world, YORK'S WILD KINGDOM is recognized for its rare species and knowledgeable curators.They offer a variety of...

  • "Nubble" lighthouse

    A prim and proper little lighthouse on tiny island a stone's throw from the mainland. It looks like the only way out there is a suspended basket on a cable. They lit it up for Christmas, and from Sohier Park (on the mainland side) it and the light-decorations all up and down the coast were beautiful.

  • LONG SANDS Beach

    Long Sands is the bigger of the two local beaches, hence the name. Long Sands has a designated surfing area. There are hotels and houses for rent across the street. Parking is more limited than it is at Short Sands. There is metered parking available along Route 1A along the beach. Restrooms are available at the Bathhouse. Lifeguards on duty end of...


    Short Sands Beach is next to the downtown area of York Beach. It is the smaller of the two local beaches, hence the name.There is plenty of parking, but be sure to bring lots of quarters. Cops on bicycles are quick to give tickets the second your time is up on the meter. There are a bathhouse, outdoor showers, a playground and basketball...

  • York's Wild Kingdom

    York's Wild Kingdom offers a variety of family rides, paddle boats, an 18 hole miniature golf course, a petting zoo, scenic picnic grounds and even a Haunted House. It's a bit of a tourist trap and certainly not a great amusement park. It's fun enough to bring the kids to.Not worth the price in my opinion.Current prices as of this writing...

  • Fun-O-Rama arcade

    Fun-O-Rama is an arcade in an archaic looking building. It's right on Short Sands Beach which makes it popular with families and local teens alike. There are both modern and older video games. The place gets noisy and hot. Even die-hard older video game fans can only stay for a short time. Children don't seem to mind the dumpy atmosphere though.


    This is a good zoo for people of all ages. There is a petting zoo where you can feed deer, goats and other animals. You can see monkeys, cougers, kangaroos and various other animals and birds. There are rides such as Go-Carts, bumper cars and paddle boats. Stay and watch the elephant show.

  • Nubble Lighthouse with a full moon

    If you're in this area when there's a full moon, you should go during the moonrise. It's a beautiful site, to see the full moon rise over the lighthouse while watching the waves crash on the rocks.

  • Ghostly Tours

    In York Village there is a tour that goes around a block or two in the village with a man in a grim reaper costume. He tells great local ghost stories and supersitions. If you're into ghosts or even slightly believe, I would take advantage of this.


York Beach Hotels

  • Union Bluff Hotel

    Located downtown in the heart of York Beach, near Short Sand Beach. The Union Bluff Hotel offers...

  • Sands By The Sea York Beach

    15 Ocean Avenue, York Beach, ME, 03910

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Cutty Sark Motel

    58 Long Beach Avenue, York Beach, Maine, 03910, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

York Beach Restaurants

  • $23 Clam Strips Dinner

    I am a seasonal camper at Eatons in York and I dine at many restaurant s in the area from May to October. I decided to try Fox's with my wife and a guest on Sat Oct 1st 2011. I ordered the $23 fried clam diiner and got three whole belly clams on top of a pile of clam strips. I asked to see the Mgr or Owner and was told she was not available but...

  • Blues has it!

    Joe and his staff made our sons wedding reception a success. Our guests were treated with friendly smiles, great food and a professional staff. Inn on the Blues is the coolest place on the Short Sands Beach that you could find. Joe helped solve our wedding time crunch and was more than accommodating when we wanted to bring some of our own goodies ....

  • Only Good for a View

    You go there for the view - unfortunately, we were seated in the back corner, with no view except through people's heads. Staff was nice, but the food was lacking. The lobster bisque was the consistency of pudding. Wouldn't go back - just because it's a landmark doesn't mean it's good. Nothing.

  • Feeling Blue?? Eat Here

    Jazzy Restaurant. Lots of pictures on the wall of Blues Players. Serves Lunch and Dinner. Sandwiches, Steak, Seafood, Etc.Take-Out for Breakfast.I ate here for dinner one night. I had the Steak Tips. I recommend it. It was excellent.When my plate was brought to me, there was this pretty flower on it. I didn't know it was edible until the waitress...

  • Food Next To The Nubble

    Very close to the Nubble Lighthouse. Small restaurant, also has a little gift shop. Really didn't have a favorite dish. I had lunch there, because I just got to York Beach. I had the Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It was good.

  • York Beach's Excellent Food

    Located right across from The Anchorage Inn I stayed at. Restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating which I chose everytime I ate there, was awesome. Right next to the beach, but does get chilly, so bring a light coat. They serve many different dishes. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Seafood, Burgers, Steak, Sandwiches, etc.Every...

  • Great food, great view

    The history on the menu says it began as a hotdog stand in the 60s; it's grown into a pretty, charming restaurant in the middle of a sweep of southern Maine coast. It looks like there's a patio (I was there in winter), but even in the dining room the view of the beach, lighthouse to rocky outcrops, is great. Baked artichoke hearts, lobster...

  • Wicked Good Burgers

    Wild Willy's makes great Burgers. It's not a fast food place, you will wait at least 20 minutes for a burger. During the summer, this place is packed so expect a wait. Seating is available both inside and outside. Wild west cowboy decor. The Rocky Burger with peppers and onions. YUM

  • Salt Water Taffy/Restauratnt/Icecream

    The Goldenrod is a restaurant , an ice cream shop and a candy store. Most famous for the taffy machine in the window. A large group of people is always standing outside the window watching old fashioned machine churn out salt water taffy. The taffy is quite good, you can buy a box of it or even have them mail a box to your friends. There's an...


York Beach Nightlife

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    Have a drink.

    by jacquelinepaton Written Mar 14, 2006

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    If you go downtown a bit, you'll find that there are lot of quaint little bars that overlook the ocean. It's nice to have a drink or two and then walk on the beach. They're also nice places to meet people who live in York year-round, or who are seasonal visitors.

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York Beach Shopping

  • Native American

    I'm not much of a shopper, it takes a unique store to make me a repeat customer. The Little Bull is the only store in York, Maine that I visit every time I'm in the area. I love the Native American goods, especially the jewelry!! The little bull sells a wide variety of items including handcrafted Native American jewelry, art work, tee- shirts,...

  • Sterling Silver Jewelry

    HUGE selection of jewelry, some decent and some crappy. Some of the sterling silver jewelry is sold by weight. In my experience the staff is not overly friendly, I'm sure it depends on who you are dealing with.


    One of the few places in the York Beach area that is open year round. Daily newspapers, magazines, cards, postcards,Books- new releases and local titles. He has a great selection of books on Maine history, lighthouses, folklore, haunted Maine.Soda, water, Lottery tickets, film, batteries


York Beach Off The Beaten Path


    This is a restaurant that serves hotdogs. I put it in this category because it's a short drive from the main York attractions and it's the most unique eating place I've ever been to. I hate hotdogs but my boyfriend likes them and this place always looks packed. So we went to Flo's. This place is delightfully ODD. It's only open 11-2, weird hours....

  • Mount Agamenticus

    Most tourists come to York for Beaches and shopping. Few know of Mount Agamenticus. I had been visiting York Beach for over 20 years before I discovered this place. Mount Agamenticus offers panoramic views and you can see as far as Portsmouth, NH to Kennebunkport, Maine as well as spectacular views of the White Mountains. The Mount Agamenticus...

  • York Beach Hotels

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York Beach Sports & Outdoors


    Bocce is a popular activity on Long Sands Beach. There's not enough space on Short Sands to sling your balls... (sorry, couldn't resist). What is Bocce? It's kind of like bowling on the beach.The goal is to get your Bocce ball as close as possible to the pallino, a smaller ball which is rolled first. The bocce coming closest to the pallino...

  • Basketball

    There is a basketball court on Short Sands Beach. It is always being used. I assume you just have to be lucky enough to find it empty, or wait your turn. At the very least, you young teenage girls can go check out the boys! Bring your own basketball.

  • Short Sands Beach Fun

    You can rent floats right on Short Sands Beach near Fun o Rama. You can also rent umbrellas and chairs "At Your Own Risk" (giggle),I didn't see any prices listed but most likely worth it if you don't have your own.


York Beach Favorites

  • Driving past York Beach

    This really isn't an activity, but driving along to go to Nubble Lighthouse for like the third time, I looked to my right at the beach and saw the most amazing sand sculpture there. I pulled over to take a picture of it. It was really cool, but funny.

  • Flood: May 2006

    Cory's mom & sister came up from Florida to visit us for the first time. No lie, it rained non-stop the whole time. The rain caused lots of flooding in Maine. I found these pictures at http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/york/060515sidebar.shtmlWe were shopping here the day before the guy is rowing his boat down the street. Luckily, my parent's...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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