Photo Courtesy of Allan Wood Photography/Shutterstock.comAutumn lightflowers at the arborMorning glories hover over the thermometerAugust flowered entrance, Morning Glory InnBee balm in abundanceEntrance to Morning Glory InnInside the Inn, room to stretch out by the fire ~ Morning Glory innSeabury Road Garden

Families will love:

  • Short Sands and Long Sands beaches
  • York’s Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park
  • York Village with shops and restaurants

If you've ever been to Northern Maine, you'll find that Southern Maine is quite different. It feels like an extension of Massachusetts -- and it is, with a location just 1.5 hours from Boston. While the northern part of the state is known for its national park (Acadia National Park) and vacation rentals, southern Maine touts shopping (including outlet shopping) and oceanfront ... more
If you've ever been to Northern Maine, you'll find that Southern Maine is quite different. It feels like an extension of Massachusetts -- and it is, with a location just 1.5 hours from Boston. While the northern part of the state is known for its national park (Acadia National Park) and vacation rentals, southern Maine touts shopping (including outlet shopping) and oceanfront hotels in small towns. One such town is York, Maine.

York, Maine has two beaches -- Long Sands and Short Sands, the latter of which was named one of the 10 Best Beaches for Families in 2014. Both beaches are popular for strolling, kite flying, boogie boarding and simply relaxing. York also has a famous lighthouse (Nubble Light) and downtown area, where you'll find souvenir shops, antique stores, restaurants, and even a small amusement park and zoo, York's Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park.

And that'll just be the start of your family vacation. From York, Maine, it's easy to get to Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport, Kittery, and other small coastal towns for fun summer getaways with the kids.

Written by Amanda Geronikos less

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