Photograph by John T Maguire, kennebunkport-me.com
Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the language of the Native Americans who summered there in pre-Colonial times. Nestled on the southern Maine coast between York and Wells, Ogunquit has long appealed to artists for the beauty of its coastline. Artists discovered Ogunquit's inspirational scenery over a century ago, transforming the quaint fishing hamlet into one of the most picturesque and enjoyed seaside villages in all of Maine, and even New England. A wide array of art galleries, antique shops, fine restaurants, world-class beaches, and the magnificent coastline attract visitors from around the globe.
Ogunquit, Maine Things To Do
Ogunquit Beach: Main Beach, also called Ogunquit Beach, is a long stretch of white sandy beach. Rated in the "top 10 beaches in the U.S.", Ogunquit Beach runs along the coastline for three miles and can be accessed by three main entrances. Main Beach, off Beach Street in Ogunquit's "downtown", Footbridge Beach located off Ocean Street and North Beach accessed via Bourne Avenue in Wells. Each entrance has parking and rest rooms and the Ogunquit Trolley services the Main Beach and Footbridge Beach.
Fishing, Scenic Cruises, and Kayaking: The Maine coastline is the longest coastline in the U.S. if stretched out. Viewing the craggy coastline by boat is the perfect way to see the oceanfront homes high atop Maine's numerous cliffs in Ogunquit. Hop aboard the Finestkind and take a scenic tour. Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing will whisk you away for a day of angling. Explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of Southern Maine, and view birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses with Excursion's Sea Kayaking Adventures, located in Cape Neddick, Maine.
Walk the Marginal Way: Millions of visitors have walked the Marginal Way, a scenic cliff-walk that meanders along the ocean for over a mile. Take a stroll past the perfectly manicured Ogunquit oceanfront properties with sweeping vistas from Ogunquit Beach north to Wells and Kennebunk.
Dining: Sit on the decks overlooking Perkins Cove at Barnacle Billy's and sip their famous rum punch. Dine at one of New England's best French restaurants, 98 Provence. If appetizers are your craving, enjoy the deck at the new Tapas and Tinis where the cool, trendy decor, and impressive assortment of tapas and 'tinis will surely satisfy.
Arts, Entertainment, and Culture: Galleries, museums and theatres abound, Ogunquit offers a variety of cultural activities. See a Broadway show at John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse, one of Southern Maine's most important cultural landmarks, bringing Broadway to the Beach each season. Opened in 1933, the work and vision of Walter and Maude Hartwig brought an outstanding, star-studded performing arts company to Ogunquit. Continuing this tradition, the Ogunquit Playhouse continuously provides audiences with the finest professional theatre in our region, placing itself on the national cultural map.
Ogunquit Video Tour
Watch the video below, for a tour of beautiful Ogunquit, Maine.