York is a classic Maine vacation destination, and an ideal getaway for families looking for beach relaxation with a touch of historic education.
York Beach consists of four beautiful beaches, with miles of sand – from the popular Long Sands and Short Sands, to quieter Passaconaway and Harbor Beach. Downtown York Beach is a quaint seaside village where you can browse gift shops and an old fashioned candy shop, Goldenrod, where fresh saltwater taffy is homemade right before your hungry eyes. York Wild Kingdom is a coastal amusement park with rides and Maine's largest zoo for a fun furry day.
In York Village, you will find Old York –The Historical Society's living history museum. Kids love to visit the oldest jail in America, and tour the old one-room School House and Tavern. Narrated tours make history come alive at Old York for curious kids and adults interested in their heritage.
If you are looking for outdoor adventure, you can bike or hike the trails at Mount Agamenticus. It's a short and rewarding climb to the highest summit of the southern Maine seacoast – where the views stretch as far as Boston, 70 miles away, the Isle of Shoals, and the fabled Boone Island where legends of cannibal sailors still haunt the waters.
The York River is a beautiful stretch of water for fishermen and boaters, or for a paddle with the push of the tide in a kayak or canoe. A walk along the Wiggly Bridge makes the list of must see's by the sea in York. And no visit to York is complete without a trip to Nubble Light, perhaps the most beautiful lighthouse in America – and probably the most photographed.
York hosts special events all year including Harvest Fest in October, and a weeklong celebration of York Days in the summer on York Beach, and the Lighting of the Nubble at Christmas time. There is much to explore throughout York, York Harbor and York Beach. Stonewall Kitchen, the now famous jam and jelly start up company, has its factory outlet and headquarters here.
Visiting York, you will find plenty of accommodations from full service oceanfront resorts like the York Harbor Inn, to campgrounds and cozy inns and bed & breakfasts. For dining, there are elegant seafood restaurants, casual pubs and cafes and the world famous hot dog stand called Flo's. York Beach has nightlife in the summertime with live bands and fireworks on the fourth of July.