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Things to do: beaches, zoos & aquariums, fun & games
York Beach is an unincorporated beach community within the town of York, Maine, United States. The York Beach area consists of Long Sands and Short Sands beaches on the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Maine. The two beaches are separated by Cape Neddick. Cape Neddick and York Beach together comprise the Cape Neddick census-designated place, with a year-round population of 2,568. The town of York consists of the communities of York Beach, Cape Neddick, York Harbor, and the village of York, and in its entirety has 12,529 residents; in the summer months the population in the area jumps to an estimated 52,000 people.BeachesThere are two main beaches which make up the York Beach area.Long Sands Beach – This is one of the two beaches making up the York Beach town. Long Sands Beach is long and provides beach-goers with a large area for enjoying the water. It is home to the locally famous Sun N Surf Restaurant and the Anchorage Inn.Short Sands Beach – This is the other beach and is located on the north side of Cape Neddick, home of Cape Neddick Light, locally known as "Nubble Light". This is a much shorter beach, with a more densely developed downtown area that is full of historic buildings and stores. The area is full of arcades, shops, restaurants, and nightlife fun for the whole family. Attractions include the Goldenrod, the Fun-O-Rama, and York's Wild Kingdom.Special eventsYork Days - An annual event which takes place around the downtown York Beach area. York Days takes place on a weekend in early August every year. Events include a craft fair, a soft-ball tournament, and a large fireworks display on the last Sunday of the weekend. It is a fun weekend near the end of the summer and is a tourist attraction for many people visit the area.
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