Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/1wayinSunrise on Ogunquit Beach Sept 13 2007Sitting at Perkins Cove looking out at Atlantic OceanPerkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME.Perfect walking beach. Once in a while you see a beautiful arch rainbow. MagicPerkins CovePerkins CoveHalloween at Perkins Cove

Families will love:

  • Coastal towns
  • Rocky and sand-covered beaches
  • Whale watching tours

Southern Maine's beaches rock. The coastal towns of Kittery, The Yorks, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, and Old Orchard Beach are all good choices for families. For those looking for a more upscale experience, the towns of Kennebunkport and Ogunquit have the most options, as well as top-notch boutiques and restaurants that you won't find in such abundance in other nearby coastal ... more
Southern Maine's beaches rock. The coastal towns of Kittery, The Yorks, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, and Old Orchard Beach are all good choices for families. For those looking for a more upscale experience, the towns of Kennebunkport and Ogunquit have the most options, as well as top-notch boutiques and restaurants that you won't find in such abundance in other nearby coastal towns -- but they remain kid-friendly.

The Yorks consist of York Beach, York Harbor and York Village. For those looking to be near or on the ocean, look for accommodations in York Beach or York Harbor. There are three public beaches: Harbor Beach, Short Sands and Long Sands, or "Long Beach" as some non-locals call it. As the name implies, Long Sands is the largest stretch of beach in York. In between Short and Long Sands is the Nubble Light, a must-see if you're visiting the area. While there, take the kids across the street to Brown's Ice cream, the best around.

Ogunquit has a beach with 3.5 miles of sand and sea -- reason enough for families to visit this popular coastal town. In fact, the name means "beautiful town by the sea" in Abenaki -- but there is just as much to do off the beach in Ogunquit. Hop on the town trolley and take a tour, the kids will get a kick out of these old-fashioned bright red vehicles that are a constant fixture on the streets. Ogunquit's famous Marginal Way is a gorgeous 1.25-mile walk along the shoreline in Ogunquit, which starts at the Sparhawk Hotel and ends in Perkins Cove, a quaint area with shops and restaurants. Stroll Main street's shops by foot, or stop and rent a bike or scooter from Hut sixty 6. If your family is looking to get out on the water, there are deep sea and whale watching charters that leave from Perkins Cove in Ogunquit.

For families looking for a little more action, visit Old Orchard Beach, locally called OOB. While this beach does not rank at the top my family's list of places to stay, we love to visit; and I would definitely recommend it for a day trip. OOB's hopping seven-mile beach is great for families, as is the pier, which juts out 500 feet over the ocean. The pier is home to many shops and restaurants, as well as weekly fireworks and concerts during the summer.

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