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York Beach, Maine
Area within New England town
York Beach, Maine is located in Maine
York Beach, Maine
York Beach, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County York
20 ft (6 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)

York Beach is a village within the town of York, Maine, United States. The York Beach area consists of Long Sands and Short Sands beaches on the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Maine. The two beaches are separated by Cape Neddick. Cape Neddick and York Beach together comprise the Cape Neddick census-designated place, with a year-round population of 2,568. The town of York consists of the communities of York Beach, Cape Neddick, York Harbor, and the village of York; 12,529 residents with a summer months population increase to an estimated 52,000 people.


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York Beach ~ 1901

There are two main beaches which make up the York Beach area.

Long Sands Beach – This is one of the two beaches making up the York Beach town. Long Sands Beach is 1.3 miles (2.1 km) long and provides beach-goers with a large area for enjoying the water. It is home to the locally famous Sun N Surf Restaurant and the Anchorage Inn.

Short Sands Beach – This is the other beach and is located on the north side of Cape Neddick, home of Cape Neddick Light, locally known as "Nubble Light". This is a much shorter beach, with a more densely developed downtown area that has many historic buildings and stores. The area has many arcades, shops, restaurants, and nightlife fun for the whole family. Attractions include the Goldenrod, the Fun-O-Rama, and York's Wild Kingdom.

Special events

York Days - An annual event which takes place around the downtown York Beach area. York Days takes place on a weekend in early August every year. Events include a craft fair, a soft-ball tournament, and a large fireworks display on the last Sunday of the weekend. It is a fun weekend near the end of the summer and is a tourist attraction for many people visit the area.

Lighting of the Nubble - Nubble Light is lit up twice a year with Christmas lights. The first time is known as "Christmas in July", and takes place around the time of July 25 every year. The second is the "Annual Lighting of the Nubble", and takes places in December to honor the actual holiday season.

Locations of interest

Cape Neddick Light, also known as Nubble Lighthouse. Construction began in 1876 and cost $15,000. It was first illuminated on July 1, 1879. The lighthouse was originally red but has been painted white since 1902. The distinctive red house was also built in 1902. The tower stands 41 feet (12 m) tall. The lighthouse became automated in 1987.

Goldenrod – Established by Edward and Mattie Talpey in 1896 on the very location it stands today. Known for their world-famous Goldenrod Kisses, saltwater taffy, the Goldenrod is a signature place of York Beach. It has large front windows for customers to see the taffy being made.

York’s Wild Kingdom – This family-oriented zoo and amusement park is located in downtown York Beach. It sits on 25 acres (10 ha) and consists of a Ferris wheel, 75 animal exhibits, 18 rides, five food and ice cream stands, and two gift shops.

Union Bluff Hotel - This hotel has stood on the Union Bluffs since being built in 1875 by a pioneer named Moses French. The area around the hotel greatly expanded due to tourism in the late 1870s; and the location of the Union Bluff hotel was perfect for tourists to stay. The original Union Bluff Hotel was one of the oldest wooden buildings in York Beach until the original building was destroyed by fire in 1987. It was rebuilt in just two years, in 1989; and has been the same ever since. The hotel underwent multiple name changes, they included: The Wahnita (c. 1900s), The York Plaza Hotel (c. 1930s), and The Union Bluff Hotel (c. 1976).

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