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Waterfront Family Activities in Ogunquit, ME

Not all of the Ogunquit, Maine area’s attractions are seaside ones, but there’s no question visitors and locals alike are consistently drawn to the coastline: That’s the power of crashing waves and swash-kissed beaches in general, and the special allure of our Beautiful Place by the Sea specifically.

The waterfront tends to serve as the center of the action for family vacations in Ogunquit this time of year, and with accommodations at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn, the Cottage at Acorn Lane, or the Milestone, that Gulf of Maine shore awaits just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here are a few of the things you can occupy yourselves with on a beautiful day by the water in our Southern Maine jewel!

Walk the Marginal Way

Weaving a transfixingly lovely course of about a mile or so from Ogunquit Beach in the north to Perkins Cove in the south, Ogunquit’s famous seaside path is a must-do. Kids will love the access to tidepools and cobble beaches, and you’ve got plenty of picnicking opportunities via the many Marginal Way benches overlooking the Atlantic horizon.

Hit the Beaches

Speaking of must-dos, Ogunquit Beach certainly qualifies: just about as postcard-perfect as a New England sandy shore comes, and well set up for swimming, beachcombing, sand-castle-building, and sun-worshipping. You’ve got Main Beach and Footbridge Beach to explore within the greater Ogunquit Beach mosaic, and meanwhile the seven-mile-long Wells Beach—like Ogunquit Beach, set between a tidal river and the sea—beckons just a little north.

Head Offshore on a Guided Cruise

After some days spent gazing at the Gulf from the Marginal Way or Ogunquit Beach, it’s especially fun to board a vessel, head offshore, and take in the reverse view of our Beautiful Place by the Sea coastline. Many companies lead cruises out of Ogunquit and Perkin’s Cove, so you can take your pick of sailboats, lobster boats, whale- and seal-watching cruises, fishing charters, sunset outings, and more.

Put in Some Paddling Hours

What better way to tucker out the hyperactive kids than by directing their energy to paddling a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard? The Ogunquit River and other local coastal waterways offer prime paddling grounds, as does the nearshore Gulf of Maine itself.

Enjoy the Last Weeks of Summer in Southern Maine on a Family Beach Getaway With

The Ogunquit waterfront is a magical draw all the year round, but naturally summertime’s the best season for getting up close and personal with Atlantic surf. So take advantage of these closing weeks of summer with a family vacation to the Beautiful Place by the Sea courtesy of!