Area Attractions, Amusement Parks and Other Outdoor Recreation
Enjoy a variety of outdoor sports in and around York Harbor:
York’s Wild Kingdom - Zoo and Theme Park, Rt 1 York, 363-3883
Funtown/Splashtown USA - Theme and Amusement Park, Rt 1 Saco, 284-5139
Palace Playland - Rides, waterslides, and amusements, on the beach. Old Orchard Beach 934-2001
Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve - Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 646-1555.
- A 15-20 minute drive can take you to the top of Mount Agamenticus, affectionately known as "Big A". Not high as mountains go, 692' ASL, but from its peak on a clear day one can see the skyscrapers of Boston to the south, Cape Elizabeth and the entrance to Casco Bay to the North and the Presidential Range, including Mount Washington, to the West. As you look down from the summit on a clear day, the Isles of Shoals - about 10 miles off York and Boon Island - about 6 miles from the coast, seem like a stones throw from shore.
You can drive to the top or if you are hardy souls, you can park to the right at the gate and walk up. It's only a 15 or 20-minute walk. There are picnic tables for those who care to use them, but the north slope beyond the old lodge is a more desirable spot for true picnickers. There are a lot of low bush blueberries around so if you're up there in the middle to late July, they're yours for the picking. Follow Chases Pond Road which merges into Mountain Road for approximately 6 miles. The access road to the top of the mountain is just prior to where the road becomes unpaved. Take a right at this point. A short drive up a steep incline will bring you to the summit. Maps are available at the registration desk. Don't pass the large rock pile you see up there without reading about the legend. According to this Indian legend, Chief Aspinquid was being chased by settlers when he jumped off the west face of the mountain only to die upon landing. The rock pile stands as a memorial to the chief. Anyone who pays tribute to his soul is assured of having favorable luck in the future. Scenic Walk
- Marginal Way - Ogunquit one mile path along coast.Ends in Perkins Cove Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm
- 1600 scenic acres of research reserve including a 19th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, exhibits, and seven miles of spectacular marsh walkways and trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year round. 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 646-1555, 646-4521. Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve
- Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 646-1555.
Ghostly Tours of York, Maine – Please join Ghostly Tours while they intrigue you and your family with a candlelight tour through York Village. You will be escorted by a hooded tour guide and hear authentic Ghost Stories, Witch Tales and Folklore of the 18th and 19th centuries. Reservations strongly suggested. Open seasonally. Call 207-363-0000 for hours and rates. Groups meet at Gravestone Artwear, 250 York St. Rte. 1A York, ME. 03909.