The Maine Beaches
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The Maine Beaches known as the "Gateway to Maine" and is best known for its beaches, outlet shopping, for the quiet elegance of Kennebunk and Ogunquit, and "The Children's Miracle Mile" in Saco.
The Maine Beaches offers miles of sandy beaches, including York, Ogunquit, Wells and Old Orchard Beach. Lately, those beaches have gotten their fair share of attention. Recently, Family Fun Magazine rated the Maine Beaches as having the best family beach in the northeast, and Money Magazine followed with an equally complimentary article.
Of course, many people who visit Maine's South Coast take a trip to Kennebunk and Kennebunkport - famous as the summer home of former President George Bush.
The western portion of The Maine Beaches Region is made up of many small communities that feature historic sites, lakes and rivers, including the Saco River renowned for canoeing, and numerous other opportunities for outdoor activities. One particularly interesting destination in this area is Willowbrook at Newfield, featuring an 1890's community setting complete with a restored 1894 carousel featuring 24 horses and chariots and original music.
There are several golf courses throughout The Maine Beaches Region, and plenty of water activities, from pleasure boat excursions, to canoeing and kayaking.
The Maine Beaches really is an area that offers something for everyone.
Other activities and points of interest in The Maine Beaches Region include:
- The John Paul Jones Memorial in Kittery commemorates the site where in 1777 the U.S.S. Ranger was built and launched.
- The Old York Historical Society includes seven historic buildings dating back to the 18th century, including the Old Gaol, one of the oldest public buildings in the U.S. (1719).
- York's Wild Kingdom Zoo & Amusement Park contains all the regular animals you might consider, plus Maine's only white tiger. There are elephant shows, animal shows and a wildlife theater.
- The Wells Auto Museum features more than 75 cars from 1900 to 1963, including gas, steam and electric powered vehicles.
- The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk offers an architectural walking tour along Main Street and "Sea Captain's Row." Visitors will view a variety of 19th century architectural styles, both commercial and domestic.
- The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport features the largest collection of trolley cars in the United States.
- The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum contains nearly all the existing original narrow gauge railroad equipment available. It also includes a collection that had been at Edaville Railroad in Mass.