The 10 Best Things to Do in York, United States

December 11, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

From quaint town shops and quiet beaches, to honky tonk arcades and carousels, the York area is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Old York, run by the local historical society, contains nine different restored buildings, including "The Old Gaol," the oldest jail in America. The beautiful coastline provides cliff walks with views of an authentic Maine lighthouse. Head to nearby York Beach and visit York's Wild Kingdom, an amusement park and zoo that is home to Rewa, a White Bengal tiger.
Restaurants in York

1. Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse

Sohier Park, York Beach, Maine, York, ME 03909 +1 207-363-1040
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse

Considered to be the "most photographed" lighthouse, this 41-foot conical tower sits on the summit of Cape Neddick Bubble, a small offshore rocky islet, looking proudly over the Atlantic.

Reviewed By angeleyes27 - Marlton, New Jersey

Ok. I admit that I love lighthouses and this is one of my favorites. Built in 1879, it is on a little island off the coast and is an American icon. The Voyager spacecraft carries a photo of this lighthouse as one of Earth's most prominent icons along with the Great Wall. It is picturesque and I painted it when I was very young and came here. Located in the middle of a housing neighborhood, there is a little restaurant off the parking lot. To me, it is classic Maine.

2. Long Sands Beach

York Beach, York, ME
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 545 reviews

Long Sands Beach

Reviewed By turbotrevor

This is a great place. The beach is so deep and smooth. We were there in October, but I can imagine it's pretty busy in the summer. Parking is somewhat limited. I'd recommend coming here to take in the views and colors at sunset, even though the sun sets behind you.

3. Cliff Walk

Seaside, York Harbor, York, ME
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Cliff Walk

Reviewed By NHjo - Rye, New Hampshire

This is a walk that not many tourists even know about (it's not as famous as the one in Ogunquit up the road). However, it's less crowded, more peaceful, and has beautiful views of the harbor, a small beach, gorgeous homes and summer 'cottages', and glimpses of the ocean. Great little path to walk off a delicious meal at the nearby York Harbor Inn restaurant.

4. When Pigs Fly Company Store

460 US Route 1, Kittery, ME 03904-5507 +1 207-439-3114
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

When Pigs Fly Company Store

When Pigs Fly is an all natural bread bakery featuring over 25 flavors of breads baked fresh each day. We also bake Bavarian pretzels, a variety of cookies and we are making fresh donuts on weekends. We sell olive oils, Vinegars , jams , artisanal butter and other items that accompany bread. Come in and check out our sampling table where you can sample all of our breads

Reviewed By Noreen M - Poughkeepsie, New York

We go to this bakery every time we are in the area 2-3 times a year. Everything is always spectacular! And delicious! They seem to have seasonal items as well as regular items we can get all the time. I am always amazed at how well their staff knows the products and ingredients. There is usually a line to get your bread sliced, but that makes it easier to snack on during the ride home. Some of their breads are so good, they make wonderful desserts. There is a pizza restaurant next door, but we have never been in.

5. Marginal Way

Ogunquit, ME +1 207-641-2200
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Marginal Way

A scenic 1.5 mile oceanside cliffwalk.

Reviewed By dialam - Ct

The Marginal way is a great place to walk. The view is fantastic. Also you can see most of the places to stay on the water front. See the privet homes as well (It must be nice for some people). There are places to sit along the Way. Or walk onto the rocks for a closer look at the water. There are some walk ways down to the beach. Just make sure you bring your walking shoes. A must walk and see.

6. Cape Neddick Golf Course

650 Shore Rd, Cape Neddick, York, ME 03902-7342 +1 207-361-2011
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Cape Neddick Golf Course

Reviewed By EnjoyingNC - Ft. Lauderdale

We played golf here 4 consecutive days and had a wonderful time. The course was in excellent condition and each hole presented unique challenges. It was also delightful to see management's respect for nature and the environment. The course is a beautiful nature sanctuary as well as a test for all levels of golfers.
The staff was exceptionally friendly and courteous too.

7. Short Sands Beach

York Beach, York, ME
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

Short Sands Beach

A family-oriented beach that includes a playground.

Reviewed By wildcatsu - Charlotte, North Carolina

This little beach is so lovely at sunrise and the colors are gorgeous at sunset too. It is very small however and can get super crowded. The sand isn’t super comfortable either, it’s a Maine beach, so bring a thick blanket. There is paid meter parking and a restroom however as well as an awesome playground for the kids. Several shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as the arcade. I found a live starfish here too... though no other shells at all.

8. Wiggly Bridge and Steedman Woods

Old Mill Rd, York Harbor, York, ME
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Wiggly Bridge and Steedman Woods

Reviewed By FamilyGuy02184 - Braintree, MA

We went to the Wiggly Bridge for something to do other than the beach. It is a short walk to the bridge, and the Steedman woods walk is beautiful. Great little hike for a family or couples.

9. Ogunquit Playhouse

10 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907-3600 +1 207-646-5511
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 873 reviews

Ogunquit Playhouse

Reviewed By Linda M - seacoast, nh

Where do they find this level of performer? They are broadway quality talent. Every show we've seen was broadway worthy. We hadn't been to this playhouse for many years. I remembered it as typical summer stock - mostly silly farces. This is SO not true today. Our first experience was Pricilla, Queen of the desert where they had the original costumes from the original show! Next was the winter show performed at the portsmouth music hall, beauty and the beast. There are no words to describe the level of quality of that show, the costumes as staging were gorgeous. The talent as good as broadway. This year we saw Ragtime, elvis show, and last night saw From here to eternity. All were performed by high quality talent, clever staging aided with projections. In From Here to Eternity, The bombing scene was just incredible. You thought the room shook and the slow motion movement of the actors was stunning. We have tickets to this year's winter show White Christmas. The only problem is the very narrow rows. You can't cross your legs or shift in your seat, and the slant of the room is not enough to see past someone tall in front of you. This hadn't stopped us from going three times this year.

10. Knight's Quilt Shop

1901 US Route 1, Cape Neddick, York, ME 03902-7432 +1 207-361-2500
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Knight's Quilt Shop

Reviewed By Lisa M - Madison, MS

Big thanks to Michelle and her staff at this fabulous Quilt Shop. This is the second year our group has stopped and Michelle always makes us feel welcome, like old friends. Plus the Shop Hop was wonderful.

Michelle's selection of fabrics is superb along with all the extra's. Be prepared to shop until you drop!

Thanks Michelle for another great experience!

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