York Harbor Beach

Southern Maine Coast

This small crescent of sandy beach has calm (if cold!) waters and tide pools, and as such it's immensely popular with families with small kids. There's a parking lot here, but it requires a permit – you'll need to find street parking along US 1A, which tends to be plentiful, although you may have to walk a little.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Southern Maine Coast attractions

1. Hartley Mason Reserve

0.14 MILES

This small, landscaped park has paved paths and some nice views out onto the water; it's a good access point for the Cliff Walk.

2. Wiggly Bridge & Steedman Woods

0.62 MILES

Who knows how many generations of New Englanders have childhood memories of balancing their way across this wibbly-wobbly suspension bridge, which spans a…

3. George Marshall Store Gallery

0.97 MILES

This gallery occupies a lovely bend of the York River and is passionately curated, showing off a small but impressive collection of regional contemporary…

4. Museums of Old York

1.08 MILES

York, called Agamenticus by its original Native American inhabitants, was settled by the British in 1624 and granted a charter by King Charles I in 1642…

5. Nubble Light

3.31 MILES

Perched on Nubble Island, just off the tip of Cape Neddick, this white lighthouse and Victorian lighthouse-keeper's cottage provide one of Maine's best…

6. York's Wild Kingdom

3.39 MILES

This combination zoo and amusement park makes for a diverting afternoon for families with children. You can pay a reduced rate (adult/child $14.75/9) to…

7. Fort Foster Park

5.14 MILES

The drive to Fort Foster Park twists past blooming flowers, Victorian homes and tantalizing ocean glimpses. The seaside park is a nice place to walk some…

8. Prescott Park

6.87 MILES

Overlooking the Piscataqua River, this small, grassy park with gardens makes a pleasant setting for a picnic. More importantly, it's the leafy backdrop to…