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Essentials

ARRIVING

Ogunquit is right on U.S. Route 1, exactly midway between York and Wells—which means it’s a long way to either of the nearest convenient turnpike exits. Take either exit 7 (York) or exit 19 (Wells) off the Maine Turnpike, a toll road. Proceed to U.S. Route 1 and follow it north from York or south from Wells, turning seaward (left if you’re traveling south, right if you’re coming from the south) at the confusing intersection at the center of town (see below) and follow Shore Road to reach Perkins Cove and the bulk of the shops, accommodations, and eateries. Or, for the best beach access, take the other prong of the intersection to Beach Street.

VISITOR INFORMATION

The Ogunquit Welcome Center (www.ogunquit.org; tel. 207/646-2939), is on U.S. Route 1, just south of the village center. It’s open daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day (until 8pm on weekends during the peak summer season), and from Monday to Saturday during the off season. Helpfully, it has restrooms.

GETTING AROUND

Ogunquit’s entrance is a horrid three-way intersection that seems intentionally designed to cause massive traffic tie-ups. Parking in and around the village is tight and relatively expensive for small-town Maine ($10–$25 per day in various lots). As a result, the town is best navigated on foot or by bike.

A number of trackless “trolleys” (tel. 207/646-1411)—actually buses—with names like Dolly and Ollie (you get the idea) run all day from mid-May to Columbus Day between Perkins Cove and the Wells town line to the north, with detours to the sea down Beach and Ocean streets. These trolleys are very handy, and they stop everywhere. (There’s a map of stops posted online at www.ogunquittrolley.com.) Rides cost $2 one-way (children under 10 $1.50); it’s worth the expense to avoid driving and parking hassles and limits.

SPECIAL EVENTS

A pre-Halloween festival in late October, the Ogunquit Fest, offers 3 days of arts, crafts, costumes, and a parade; it’s best for families with kids. Call tel. 207/646-2939 for more information.

 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.