Over 3 miles of pristine white sand and considered to be one of the premier beaches in the United States, Ogunquit Beach is the jewel of the Southern Maine Coast. In 1888, citizens petitioned the State of Maine, a bold move at the time, to cede the beach to the town of Ogunquit. The petition was successful and Ogunquit Beach is now one of only two municipally owned public beaches in Maine. The miles of soft sand are preserved for generations to come.
Ogunquit’s famous ocean walk with gentle bends and seaside cliffs. A gift from the late Josiah Chase to remain open to the public and restored by Ogunquit volunteers after the 1991 October ‘no-name’ storm – the inspiration for the movie “The Perfect Storm” – Marginal Way mesmerizes and enchants. Hidden in between rocky Maine coast and the sea are tide pools teeming with starfish, sea urchins, and creatures of the ocean deep – making Marginal Way a great discovery when in Ogunquit. Learn more about Marginal Way and enjoy this ocean walk on your vacation.
Kayaking & Paddling in Maine
Kayaking in Ogunquit is a great way to get outdoors and spend quality time with family and friends. Ogunquit is home to miles of beach and plenty of rugged coastline – plus the tidal Ogunquit River. With opportunities for kayaking in quiet, secluded bays, and for paddling among the wildlife of the York River and Cape Neddick River inlets, you can enjoy the best of relaxing day together. We recommend Excursions Coastal Maine Outfitting Co. as a guide to kayaking in Ogunquit and York.
Surfing and Paddle Boarding in Maine
The Maine coastline is home to more unexplored wave fields than any other state. The Maine coast is one of the last undiscovered areas for surfing in the continental U.S. The most popular lineups are located in southern Maine, between York and Portland – meaning Ogunquit is in the heart of this coastline and excellent for surfing and paddling in Maine. We recommend Liquid Dreams as a guide to surfing and paddle-boarding in Ogunquit and York Beach.
Maine Educational Reserves
Laudholm Trust & Beach Plum Farm are beautiful land reserves with educational nature walks, seminars and festivals. Pumpkinfiddle is held at Laudholm Farm in Wells and is the annual fall festival celebrating National Estuaries Day. In addition to Pumpkinfiddle, enjoy the Native Plant Sale, Painterly Day and the Crafts Festival throughout the year at both Laudholm Farm and Beach Plum Farm. The beaches and wildlife of Wells, Moody and Ogunquit are fascinating to explore!
Ogunquit Heritage Museum
The Ogunquit Heritage Museum at the Captain James Winn House is located in the Dorothea Jacobs Grant Common – walking distance from our hotel in Ogunquit. Throughout the 18th Century cape home there remains most of the original paneling, flooring, hardware and mantel. Exhibits at the Museum cover Maritime history, including coastal trade and fishing in early Ogunquit; artist colony, schools and artists paintings; a “Do You Remember” room is devoted to the more recent history, early hotels and inns as well as Ogunquit Theatre and town photos; and finally, a room with information on the architecture of Ogunquit including the Winn House. With the Dorothea Jacobs Grant Common just moments from the Meadowmere, the opportunity to learn about the unique history, culture and early architecture of Ogunquit is at our back door.
Mt. Agamenticus Hiking
The area around Mt. Agamenticus, or Mt. A as it is known, is the largest unfragmented coastal forest between Acadia National Park and the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Due to the convergence of southern and northern forest types, it is also the most biologically diverse place in the state of Maine, with the largest number of threatened and endangered species. Three animal and twenty plant species found in the preserved area are found nowhere else in Maine. Mt. A is home to great mountain biking, hiking, trails and scenic views from mountain to sea in Ogunquit.