York Beach Maine -
Beautiful Beaches and Great Family Fun!

York Beach Maine Long Sands Beach

York Beach Maine - long, white sand beaches, watching the salt-water-taffy-pulling machine in the window of the Goldenrod, amusements and arcades for the kids, souvenir shops and more... One of the "villages" of the Yorks (along with York Village and York Harbor), York Beach has been delighting vacationers for years.

When visiting the York Maine area, you'll see three pretty distinct areas of town (well, four if you throw in Cape Neddick, where the famed Nubble Light House is located). York Beach Maine is, as you might expect, where the beaches are - two of them actually - Long Sands and Short Sands.

York Beach Maine Long Sands Beach

Long Sands beach is a gorgeous stretch of white sand beach. Metered parking is available on the road and some of the local businesses and hotels charge for parking in their lots across the street. If you want to park on the road, which is very convenient, get there early - in the summer these spots fill up fast! There are a few stores, sandwich shops, ice cream stands and restaurants along the stretch. Public bathrooms are available.

York Beach Maine Long Sands Beach

Short Sands beach has an entirely different feel to it. It is a shorter stretch of beach (I prefer Long Sands for lazy sun worshipping) but there is much to keep the kids busy here. This area has a decidedly carnival feel to it with arcades, bowling alley, York's Wild Animal Kingdom and amusement park around the corner, shops, candy stores and the aforementioned Goldenrod. There's also a park and play equipment for the little ones. Parking here is metered also and can be tough to find in the summer.

York Beach Maine Short Sands Beach

York Beach Maine Short Sands Beach Bowling and Arcade

York Beach Maine Short Sands Beach Area

Which beach to go to? If you'd like to relax and prefer your kids to stay focused on sand and surf, castle making and riding the waves, I'd stay in Long Sands. If you don't mind hopping from one activity to another with often attention-challenged little ones, or letting older kids explore on their own, then Short Sands might be the way to go. Do both if you're in town for several days.

No kids to worry about? The choice is yours! ;)

York Beach Maine Nubble Light House

When visiting York Beach Maine, venture away from the beaches to see what else York has to offer. You certainly don't want to miss Cape Neddick with the Nubble Light House, one of the most photographed in the world.

It sits on a little island, so you can't actually go up to it, but you can view it from the beautiful Sohier Park area where there are benches to sit on and lots of rocks to climb.

While there, stop in at Brown's Old Fashioned Ice Cream for sure. They have tons of flavors and huge portions.

Old Goal Jail - York Maine

If you love history and want to step back in time, venture over to Old York Village to explore historic homes and buildings that date back over 300 years. An old schoolhouse, jail, tavern and more, you'll learn much about the early days of this lovely American town. Even the kids like to see what it was like "in the old days" - it can be a great, relaxing day for the whole family.

York Harbor is another area of the Yorks to explore. It's is a beautiful area with lots of old architecture and stately homes to see. There is a small beach there, more secluded and where the locals go - good for exploring tide pools. Walk the Cliff Walk, a great path along the shore.

York Harbor is where you'll go if you want to set out on the ocean for a day of sight seeing, sport fishing, fly-fishing, kayaking or sailing. What a great way to spend the day in York Beach Maine!

If you love hiking, you can head out to Mount Agimeticus in York. It's a great area to bring a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors away from the ocean for a while. Hikes are good for kids and adults and are well marked. You'll likely pass others riding bikes, ATVs and even horses.

York Beach Maine is a great home base for your Maine vacation. With the beaches, amusements, historical homes and light house, adventures on the ocean and proximity to the great shopping of the Kittery Maine Outlets and Portsmouth New Hampshire (both only a few minutes down the road), you definitely won't run out of things to do. I think you'll agree that it is a Maine town with much to offer locals and tourist alike.

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