The Communities that make up the Maine Beaches region are as quintessential New England seaside towns as they are diverse in their features and things to see!
York is America’s oldest chartered city and home to the Museums of Old York and the Old Gaol—the nation’s oldest jailhouse—and the picturesque “Nubble” Light. The Greater York region also includes the communities of Kittery, Eliot and South Berwick, each with their own charm and sights to see.
Ogunquit, an early 20th-century art colony, is a year-round resort town. Stroll along Marginal Way, visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, enjoy the boutiques, galleries and cafes in Perkins Cove, and along Shore Road and Main Street, and relax on Ogunquit Beach, named “best beach in New England” by New England Cable News.
Wells has four sandy beaches and stunning natural conservation areas. Bird watch along the salt marshes of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge. Hike in the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Enjoy four seasons of outdoor recreation, shopping and fine dining.
The Kennebunks—Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel and Cape Porpoise—offer arts, entertainment and pristine beaches. Visit historic homes like the Nott House. Drive by the Bush presidential retreat at Walker’s Point. Shop, dine and gallery hop in Dock Square.
Biddeford and Saco are sister cities. Investigate the Dyer Library/Saco Museum. Shop along Main Street and visit the brewpub on Saco Island. Canoe the Saco River or discover the beaches at Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks, Camp Ellis and Ferry Beach State Park.
Old Orchard Beach has seven miles of sandy beach, an oceanfront amusement park, a century-old Pier, weekly fireworks and nightly entertainment during the summer.
Sanford, a former textile-mill town largely built before the automobile age, is rediscovering that its old self is a prize asset in modern times. Sanford's historic Main Street, its expansive brick Mill Yard and its beautiful Number One Pond are being redeveloped and integrated into a pedestrian-friendly destination. Sanford is also home to the pristine Mousam Lake!