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15 Fun Things to Do in York Maine

A lighthouse perched on a rocky island, surrounded by crashing waves.

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What do you get when you combine the beauty of the southern Maine coast with the irresistible draw of small-town America? You get the wonderful town of York!

With an area of only 55 square miles, York is a beautiful town located in the southernmost part of the state. It is known for its stunning beaches, historic landmarks, and classic New England atmosphere. York is a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world, especially families, and soon you’ll see why!

I’m from Massachusetts and I’ve been visiting York since I was a kid, always getting hypnotized by the taffy machines at the Goldenrod. But York’s not the kind of place you grow out of — every time my friends and I do a day trip up to Maine, we always have to eat at the Maine Diner in Wells and stop in York on the way back!

York has a relaxed and welcoming vibe, especially compared to other nearby towns. One of the things that gives York its unique flavor is its unlikely position, as if the city had to be placed with the most spectacular views possible. Snuggled up into the Atlantic Ocean ocean, you can enjoy miles of sandy beaches and breathtaking ocean views.

The town is also close to several other popular coastal destinations, including Ogunquit, Wells, Kittery, and Portsmouth.

York is home to several locally-owned shops and cafes, and boasts a vibrant arts scene. The town also hosts several festivals and events throughout the year, like York Harvestfest.

And of course, you can’t forget about the food! York is home to some of the best fine dining seafood restaurants in Maine, and you’ll find everything from lobster rolls to fresh oysters. 

Let me show you what makes York special.

This post, published in November 2023, was co-written by Adventurous Kate and Susan Stephens.

Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine during the summer, via Shutterstock.

Best Things to do in York Maine

Nubble Lighthouse 

Nubble Lighthouse is one of the best lighthouses in Maine — and one of my personal favorites. The lighthouse resides on a small island, or “nubble,” just off-shore, and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Maine. This picturesque beacon has been guiding ships safely into the harbor since 1879. Its red-roofed Victorian-style lightkeeper’s house is straight out of a romance novel!

With great views from Sohier Park in…

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