Beach Areas

Activities Around the Area

  • More than a half dozen public golf courses (including indoor golf) and tennis courts
  • The centerpiece of the area is a beautiful, two-mile stretch of pristine sandy beach — perfect for swimming, board, body, or wind surfing, building a sandcastle, casting for stripers or bluefish, strolling, or just relaxing with a book.
  • The beach is bracketed by spectacular rocky ledges to explore, perfect for youngsters to search the tidal pools for small crabs, starfish, beach glass, sand dollars, or other sea creatures.
  • The Maine Audubon Trail, which winds around East Point, leads you to magnificent Maine's Rock bound coast at its best. It offers access to pebble beaches and views of Wood Island Lighthouse and of lobstermen tending their traps.
  • Enjoy the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge areas that are in each of the four beach communities.
  • Kayak in the calm Pool waters, or up the Saco River, or along the rock-bound coastline, investigating the many coves and islands.
  • Take a tour of historic Wood Island Light aboard the shuttle boat "Lightrunner".
  • Feast on lobster and other local delicacies at Goldthwaite's Store with outside dining, facing incredible views, or enjoy lunch or dinner at Buffleheads Restaurant in Hills Beach facing beautiful Saco Bay.
  • Peruse the charming souvenirs, gifts, and local art at Between the Tides.

Nearby Towns

  • Kennebunkport (10 miles) whale watching cruises, deep-sea fishing, the Seashore Trolley Museum, boutique shopping, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants in famous Dock Square
  • Cape Porpoise (7 miles) restaurants, such as The Ramp and Pier 77, art galleries, and local grocery store Bradbury Bros. Market
  • Biddeford (8 miles) movie theaters, plays at Biddeford City Theater, mall shopping, large grocery stores, chain restaurants, as well as local favorites like Café on the Corner, and just over the bridge is Run of the Mill.
  • Arundel (9 miles) Summer musicals at the Arundel Barn and great fried seafood at the Seafood Center.
  • Saco (12 miles) Aquaboggin, a waterslide park; Funtown/Splashtown, a family amusement park with waterslides. Walk the trails of the Saco Heath. Saco Bay Tackle has all the equipment and bait that you'll need for fly fishing and can arrange for a guide as well. Shop at Reny's. Take the Downeaster Amtrack train to Boston from the station in Saco. Have a gourmet meal at Mia's in Pepperell Square.
  • Scarborough (15 miles) harness racing at Scarborough Downs
  • Old Orchard Beach (15 miles) traditional seaside amusement park and nightlife, fireworks every Thursday night, concerts at the Pavilion amphitheater
  • South Portland (20 miles) Maine's largest mall.
  • Portland (23 miles) museums, theaters, symphony, civic center, countless restaurants and shops, Boston Red Sox's Double A affiliate (the Seadogs), and Old Port area on the harbor, with ferries to islands in Casco Bay
  • World-renowned outlet shopping in Freeport (50 min.), including the L.L.Bean flagship store, and 50 min. in the other direction are the outlets in Kittery