If you've booked your family vacation to The Yorks, you might be wondering how on earth you're going to entertain the kids all week - what is there to see and do in the local area? Just follow our handy guide to the top 5 things to do in The Yorks this summer and you'll be sure to have plenty of ideas to keep the whole family entertained, no matter what the weather!
#1. Nubble Lighthouse
If you're looking for some fantastic photo opportunities, you could do worse than head to Nubble Lighthouse. Just two miles north of York Harbor, the lighthouse here was built in 1876, by Congress, who spent $15,000 on the building, which was first illuminated on the 1st of July 1879. If you're very quiet late on a foggy night, you may still see the ghost ship of The Isidore and its phantom crew. The ship crashed off the coast of The Nubble in 1842 and no survivors were ever found. Today, the Nubble Lighthouse has appeared on more postcards and other souvenirs than any other lighthouse in New England.
#2. York's Wild Kingdom
For a fun family day out, York's Wild Kingdom zoo and amusement park is hard to beat. Set on 25 acres of land surrounded by beautiful forests, the zoo is home to more than a hundred species of animals from across the globe - expect to find Bengal Tigers, African Lions and American Black Bears alongside Bobcats, Squirrel Monkeys and Ringtail Lemurs. Kids will also love the adjacent amusement park with its ferris wheel, range of rides and ice cream stands.
#3. Isles of Shoals
Jump on board a steamship for an Isles of Shoals cruise that the whole family will enjoy. You can choose from a range of cruises from the Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor cruise to a day spent exploring Star Island. The archipelago of islands known as the Isles of Shoals are home to a working port, a quaint, charming waterfront, and a resort which is filled with the splendor of a bygone age.
#4. Long Sands Beach
Just a short drive up the cost from your York Beach hotel lies Long Sands Beach - and it's well worth the visit! Whether you fancy a spot of bodysurfing or swimming, want to get active with some beach volleyball or simply work on your tan, it's all here at Long Sands.
#5. Shoreline Explorer
If you've left your York Beach hotel behind for a day in the sun at Long Sands Beach then why not combine it with a trip on the Shoreline Explorer? This fun tram journey will take you along the coast from Long Sands to Kennebunkport, and there's plenty of opportunity for shopping and dining in the restaurants and boutiques along the way!
There's plenty of activities and attractions for the whole family in the York Harbour area, and with so many York hotels just waiting for your booking this summer, it's time to start packing!