Outdoor Excursions

Golf | Nature Hikes & Trails | Boating & Charters | Historic Sites | Outdoor Equipment Rentals

As always, we recommend calling ahead.

Golf

Cape Neddick Country Club
650 Shore Rd Cape Neddick 361-2011

The Ledges Golf Club
One Ledges Dr. York 351-3000

Links At Outlook
Route 4 South Berwick 207-384-4653

Merriland Farm , Par 3, 9 Holes
Coles Hill Rd. Wells 646-0508

Sanford Country Club
Route 4, Sanford 207-324-5462


Nature Hikes & Trails

Dorothea Jacobs Grant Common
the site of the ogunquit heritage museum, this is a lovely park with a large open area and winding paths through wooded areas and wild flower gardens. a visit at the end of june will envelop you with glorious day lilies and the 18th century garden at the museum. lilacs, bee balm, peonies, phlox, and the scent of lavender, sage and thyme fill the landscape with beauty and fragrance. 18th century gardens were often very practical. herbs were most important, but there was always room for bright colored flowers for enjoyment.

Great Works Regional Land Trust
207-646-3604   www.gwrlt.org
the mission of the great works regional land trust is to conserve the value of our natural, historic, agricultural, forestry, scenic and recreational resources. they pursue this mission by holding property and conservation easements where these values are present and by promoting the need and value of conservation through education and other related activities. their work is concentrated in the southern maine towns of eliot, south berwick, berwick, north berwick, wells and ogunquit. since their inception in 1986, the trust has completed 84 projects conserving over 4100 acres.

Beach Plum Farm
one of the gwrlt’s local projects, is a slice of life as it used to be on the coast with a view of the dunes from its property edge along route 1. on this 22-acre site on the northern end of ogunquit you can see the remnants of an old new england salt-water farm, natural landscapes and wildlife habitat. the farm hosts more than 50 community garden plots as well as a walking loop which circles the fields and gardens. down by the salt marsh, you can see bayberry, beach plums and a variety of coastal birds. benches along the path provide spots to sit and contemplate. the loop walk can be completed at a leisurely pace in a half-hour.

Laudholm Farm National Estuarine Sanctuary
646-1555   www.laudholm.org
the reserve has seven miles of walking trails, five scenic overlooks, a quiet beach where endangered least terns and piping plovers nest, and several historic farm buildings, which have been magnificently restored. the buildings are used for exhibits, classrooms, a research laboratory, auditorium, and offices.

Mt. Agamenticus
York   www.agamenticus.org
the highest peak in southern york county at 692 feet, mount agamenticus , located just over 4 miles off route 1 in york, provides exceptional wildlife habitat and opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature trails that range from easy to difficult.

Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve.
207- 646-9226   www.fws.gov/northeast/rachelcarson
rachel carson national wildlife refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the state of maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. located along 50 miles of coastline in york and cumberland counties, the refuge consists of eleven divisions between kittery and cape elizabeth. it will contain approximately 14,600 acres when land acquisition is complete. the proximity of the refuge to the coast and its location between the eastern deciduous forest and the boreal forest creates a composition of plants and animals not found elsewhere in maine. major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast.

The Youth Enrichment Center at Hilton-Winn Farm
207-361-1385
a nonprofit organization dedicated to positive youth development, nature-based education, and stewardship of the unique agricultural landscape of new england. this is a king’s grant farm dating back to the 1700s. the farm’s current 48 acres of rolling fields and forests, along with the recently renovated house and barn, form the unique facilities to achieve our mission: “ to provide a country farm experience to enrich the hearts, minds, and spirits of children.” the nature and farm-based education programs serve thousands of children, teens, and families from southern maine, coastal new hampshire, and the merrimack valley, massachusetts.

Vaughn Woods
off rt. 236 south berwick
this small, tucked away park is one you will not want to miss when traveling in southern maine. it may be a little tricky to find, but well worth the effort. the park is nestled back in a small new england river village graced with tidy clapboard houses. vaughan woods offers 250 acres of historic and woodland exploration. shipbuilders first developed this site along the salmon falls river.


Boating & Charters

Sailing

the Cricket Sailboat
Perkins Cove, Ogunquit (207) 646-5227
www.finestkindcruises.com departing daily at: 11:00, 2:00, 4:00

Silver Lining Sailing Cruises
Perkins Cove,Ogunquit (207) 646-9800  www.silverliningsailing.com
Experience the sensation of time spent at sea. see our rocky coastline, slide gracefully along beautiful Ogunquit beach with only the sound of the surf crashing.

Whale Watching

First Chance
Kennebunkport (207) 967-5507
Come aboard the newest whale watch vessel in the New England fleet.

Cruises

Finest Kind
Perkins Cove, ogunquit (207) 646-5227  www.finestkindcruises.com
Finestkind scenic cruises is located in perkins cove, one of  the most picturesque parts of southern maine. not only is perkins cove an excellent harbor, it is also a beautiful place to spend some time.

Bunny Clark
Perkins Cove, ogunquit (207) 646-2214  www.bunnyclark.com
Located in perkins cove in ogunquit is bunny clark deep sea fishing.  full day, ½ day and marathon fishing trips leave from the dock daily, specializing in bottom fishing. all equipment is provided. the bunny clark runs from april through early november; reservations are required. 

Kayaking (May thru October)

World Within Sea Kayaking
Wells (207) 646-0455  www.worldwithin.com
offering kayaking tours as well as rentals and lessons.

Excursions Outfitters
Cape Neddick (207) 363-0181 www.excursionsinmaine.com
Whether you are planning a recreational half-day tour, a multi-day overnight adventure or pursuing a new paddling skill, excursions will provide you with an exciting and unforgettable experience. explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of southern Maine, as you discover close up views of shore birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses.


Historic Sites

Wells-Ogunquit Historical Society
Rt. 1, wells 646-4775

Ogunquit Heritage Museum
207-646-0296  www.ogunquitheritagemuseum.org
this 18th century cape with original architectural features consists of a keeping room, a best room, a borning room, a back bedroom with “indian” shutters, a central chimney with three fireplaces, a buttery with a back staircase, a front foyer with a unique federal staircase leading to two small bedrooms in the garret. throughout the cape there remains most of the original paneling, flooring, hardware and mantel. exhibits at the museum feature maritime history including coastal trade and fishing in early ogunquit; the front room is devoted to the artist colony, schools and artists’ paintings. open june – october, tuesday – saturday 1pm-5pm. free admission.

Old York Historical Society
(open house) 207-363-4974
Visit the museums of old York and explore historic museum buildings, a contemporary art gallery and wonderful gardens. tour the properties, explore the collections, research your history or take part in the renowned education programs.

Strawberry Banke Museum
454 Court st. Pportsmouth, NH  603-433-1100  www.strawberrybanke.org
Btrawbery Banke is about connecting with the past. visitors to strawbery banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical american neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. through its restored houses, its featured exhibits, its historic landscapes and gardens, and its interpretive programs, strawbery banke tells the stories of the many generations who settled in the portsmouth, nh community from the late l7th to the mid-20th century. open 4/18 -11/2.


Outdoor Equipment Rentals

Liquid Dreams
207-641-2545
Rent surfboards, wetsuits, body boards, and stand up paddle boardS

Ogunquit Beach ‘n’ Sport
207-351-7840
Rent beach chairs, boogie boards, coolers, games, umbrellas, skim boards, beach carts & more!

Wheels & Waves
207-646-5774
Rent: adult, children & tandem bikes, helmets, surfboards, paddleboards, wetsuits, kayaks & more