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A Mini Summer Vacation in York, Maine

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

Every summer I spend time with my Dad at the beach, an annual tradition that we have been doing my entire life. We opted to try York, Maine this year since we usually stay at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. This is the first year we decided to relocate and it ended up working out for the best. We got to experience somewhere new and York, Maine is a less populated area compared to Hampton.

Here are some highlights from our mini summer vacation and a list of some of the things you can do next time you're in the York area.


Long Sands Beach

We stayed at an inn across from Long Sands Beach, located halfway between the villages of York Harbor and York Beach. The beach strip has very few restaurants and shops and instead is lined with hotels and residential houses overlooking the ocean. If you are looking for more commotion, you can find more businesses at Short Sands Beach, a short distance (a mile or so) away. We wanted to avoid people, so I think we made the right choice in where we stayed!

Tip: Long Sands Beach has meter-parking all along the strip, however, if you find yourself struggling to find parking or want to skip the pay meter, you can park for free near the York Highschool.


Nubble Lighthouse

Cape Neddick Lighthouse, nicknamed "The Nubble" can be seen at a distance from Long Sands Beach, so of course, we had to grab our bikes and get a closer look! The lighthouse is perched on Nubble Island across from Cape Neddick Point.


Wiggly Bridge & Fisherman's Walk

While many tourists head directly to the coast, York has some other scenic places that are worth a visit. One must-do activity is to walk across the Wiggly Bridge, and yes it wiggles! The 75-foot bridge is said to be the smallest suspension bridge in the world.

The area is a scenic walk next to the seaside and from there you can continue into the Steedman Woods, a nature preserve, or stroll along the Fisherman's Walk that goes around the harbor.

From the Fisherman's Walk, you can continue your route onto The Cliff Walk. Unfortunately, they were closed during this visit, but I intend to go back and walk it another time.


Thanks for reading!


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