We can just picture it now. That perfect moment when you hear the waves of Short Sands Beach crashing in the distance. We listen to people “oooh” and “ahhh” on the Ferris wheel. And we smile as beach-goers stroll the streets of York Beach—all with ice cream in hand, of course! Take a peek at some of our favorite things to do in York, Maine. Ahh…summer by the coast! 

let’s explore some fun things to enjoy in york, maine, shall we?

Wiggly Bridge Distillery

Wiggly Bridge Distillery was founded by a father and son team in their hometown of York, Maine. With a distillery located on Route One and a tasting room at York Beach, Wiggly Bridge Distillery serves unique spirits that are all made in small batches, with the highest standards, to ensure the finest products (winning this local father/son duo many awards)! We can order online and enjoy shipping to most states! Shop locally online here

Old York Historical Society

Explore southern Maine’s largest museum of historical properties, at Old York Historical Society—located in the heart of York Village! Cool off in a colonial gaol, take a tour through a historic house, or browse Old York’s exceptional collection of early Maine decorative arts. Open for the 2022 season through October 29. For more information visit oldyork.org.  

George Marshall Store Gallery

The George Marshall Store Gallery is a contemporary art space exhibiting a rotating selection of works by artists from Maine and New England. Located in a 19th century general store overlooking the York River, the gallery delivers coastal scenery and history both inside and out. Open and free to visit Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, and by appointment. More information at www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

Dockside Restaurant 

Dockside is a family-owned, waterfront restaurant and private event venue in beautiful York, Maine. Visit the restaurant for classic New England fare, from Maine lobster to ribeye steak, and unparalleled coastal views of the Harbor. Reservations are recommended and dining options include porch, patio, or picnic style on the lawn.

Bell Farm Shops

Bell Farm Shops is a lovely expansive boutique that carries a variety of gifts, home décor, garden, and wild bird supplies! Be sure to check out their amazing holiday selection if you’re in the area around Christmastime, and visit the on-site cafe, Nectar, for some delicious breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and lunch options!


Relax, unwind, and enjoy a true getaway at the oceanfront Stage Neck Inn hotel and resort in beautiful York Harbor, Maine. Stage Neck offers spacious accommodations with modern amenities and classic New England décor. Breathtaking views, on-site dining and activities, and the sound of the ocean make for the perfect stay… Enjoy beautiful scenery while dining outdoors at Stage Neck Inn’s two restaurants—Shearwater and Gallow’s Point! Treat yourself to a luxurious treatment at the hotel’s on-site spa!

Deck at Dockside

Relax and revel in panoramic views of York Harbor while enjoying great spirits and food at The Deck at Dockside! This seasonal establishment offers an unparalleled destination at which to anchor, eat, and drink. Wharf dining features salads and proteins, fried and steamed clams, burgers, lobster rolls and weekly rotating specials. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (weather permitting).

York Harbor Marine 

York Harbor Marine has been serving the Southern Maine and New Hampshire seacoast boating community for over 50 years, offering new and pre-owned inventory, as well as expert boat service!


Nectar Cafe not only offers delicious coffee, tea, and espresso drinks year-round; this York, Maine foodie destination also serves egg sandwiches, smoothies, donuts, and tasty lunch options! Be sure to pop by all year long for seasonal drink specials too!

Dockside Guest Quarters

Overlooking southern Maine’s rocky shoreline, Dockside Guest Quarters offers unpretentious New England getaways! From the moment you check in, you’ll feel as if you have been swept away to utopia. Enjoy spectacular harbor views and savor delicious New England fare at this beautiful family-owned property.


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