Our Favorite York Maine Attractions to Plan Your Visit

A couple enjoying one of their romantic getaways in Maine, one of the best things to do in York, MaineWhenever you may be visiting Dockside Guest Quarters, there are always fun things to do in York, Maine. You may want to explore the variety of nature trails, catch a show in one of our theaters, embark on a deep sea fishing adventure, or just relax on the beach. No matter what time of year you visit our York, Maine, bed and breakfast, you can be assured that boredom is not an option.
To help get you started, we’ve narrowed down the extensive list to some of our favorite things to do. Take a look and start getting inspired for your own getaway to the Maine coast! If you’re already convinced that it’s time for a dream vacation, find your perfect York, Maine, accommodations with us or take a look at York, Maine getaways customized just for you! Come and see why we’re an excellent alternative to York, Maine hotels.

For a full list of everything there is to see and do in the York Maine area, download our free Vacation Guide!

York Maine beach, one of the most famous York Maine attractions

York, Maine Beach

There’s no question one of the biggest attractions in York, Maine is definitely the beach! While there are 4 fantastic beaches in York, Maine, Ogunquit Beach, Maine is just a short drive away as well.

45229Restaurants in York, Maine

Besides fantastic dining at the Dockside restaurant and Maine lobster shacks, there are plenty of other places to eat in and near York, Maine! Check-out our list of great restaurants in Portsmouth, NH, as well as restaurants in Ogunquit, Maine.


lighthouses are among the excellent York Maine attractionsGrab your binoculars and experience the best scenery the southern Maine coast has to offer. The Nubble Light – located right here in York — is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, and of course, our fall foliage is comparable to that found in Vermont or New Hampshire. On your next stay, be sure to visit some of the most spectacular lighthouses in Maine

History and Heritage

many york maine attractions are historic

Stories of daring seafaring captains and hearty New England settlers of all stripes make up 300 years of history on the southern Maine coast. Visit the local museums in the summer or winter to learn more about Maine’s role in revolutionary-era New England. Be sure to check out Old York Historical Society or Strawbery Bank Museum during your next trip to Dockside.

Summer Theater

restaurants are of some of the best york maine attractions

Enjoy seasonal plays and concerts staged by local Maine companies and visiting performers alike. From the best of Broadway classics to opera and symphony performances to art films and jazz, these venues provide access to cultural pursuits during your New England getaway. On your next trip to York, make sure that you set aside plenty of time to soak up some culture.


shopping in various york maine attractions

World-class outlet stores and unique boutiques dot both the streets of York and nearby Freeport, Kittery, and Portland. LL Bean’s headquarters are just 30 minutes away, and historic York village features clothing, books, antiques, homewares, and much more. And don’t forget to check out the Kittery Outlets and Freeport Outlets.

Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School

stonewall kitchen is one of the best york maine attractions near dockside gq

Take a cooking class from the renowned Stonewall Kitchen – makers of jellies, sauces, and other fine foods – headquartered here on the Southern Maine Coast. From learning about essential prep skills to sophisticated wine tasting events, Stonewall Kitchen is the place to immerse yourself in the fine art of cooking. Taking a cooking class here is one of the best things to do here on a rainy day!


golf is among the many wonderful york maine attractions

Nothing beats teeing off on a beautiful green near the rugged Maine coastline. Enjoy leafy woodlands, streams, manicured greens and water views. A number of lovely courses surround the inn both to the north and to the south, our favorites including The Ledges Golf Course and Cape Neddick Country Club. Our local award-winning courses will have you looking forward to your next trip just minutes after leaving.


york maine attractions include fishing

Imagine the perfect day at sea — reeling in competition-size pollacks, mackerel, bluefish, and stripers. No trip to York is complete without some time on the water, so if fishing is your thing be sure to plan an ocean excursion. Try your luck at the “big catch” with local fisherman who know the waters. Check out our guide on Maine fishing.

Whale Watching

whalewatching is high on the list of great york maine attractions

Whale watching in Maine is excellent! Spy a gentle giant as whales migrate through Maine’s waters from April to October when you charter with First Chance Whalewatch or Granite State. Large populations of migratory whales traverse the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine, which stretches from Nova Scotia to Cape Cod. Seeing these majestic giants is one of the best things to do in York, Maine with kids.

Boat Cruises

see many york maine attractions from boat cruises

Take a slow sightseeing cruise along the unrivaled beauty of the southern Maine coastline.

Kayak & Bike Tours

kayaking along york maine attractions

Enjoy the gently rolling hills and views of the Maine coast on a bike, or discover the wildlife of Maine’s bays and estuaries in a kayak. Or if you are lucky enough to have enough time in beautiful York, do both! With plenty of gorgeous scenery and nature to be explored, you’ll want to take the time to explore our trails and waterways. Be sure to read our guide to kayaking in Maine.

Nature Walks

historic york maine attractions

Stroll out our front door and discover spectacular views and diverse habitats. Coastal Maine boasts miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails providing access to woodlands, fields, wetlands, beach, and dunes. We love Steedman Woods and the Marginal Way Walk, but there are many many walks and trails to explore.

Even More Things to Do Near York, Maine

Still not convinced of the need to visit, York, ME? There are plenty of other great nearby attractions all along the Maine coastline.

For this and much more information about our beautiful area, be sure to download our free York, Maine, Vacation Guide!