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Address: York Beach, York, ME
Activities: Swimming
Description: A family-oriented beach that includes a playground.

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Fun place for vacation.

Nice beach. Very clean and plenty of shopping. Awesome Italian bakery right there. The view is very nice. Plenty of things for kids to do (arcade, basketball. Gazebo with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Mike C
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nice beach. Very clean and plenty of shopping. Awesome Italian bakery right there. The view is very nice. Plenty of things for kids to do (arcade, basketball. Gazebo with live music). Fun place for vacation.

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Greer, SC
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nice beach, plenty of parking although it is all metered, does have restrooms and changing rooms so convenient. Also has a walking path so you don't have to walk on the beach. Water still chilly,

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Atkinson, New Hampshire, Usa
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Although busy with visitors from all over, people usually greet you with a smile, or a "good morning". There are many shops to choose from, for beachwear, coffee, and sooooo many ice cream choices! Sitting along the rocks is a perfect place for watching the surfers catching the big waves, and for catching a perfect "photo op."

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The Parking in this place is definitely a pain... It's one parking lot for all of Short Sands, York Wild Animal Kingdom and other sights. The beach itself is cramped, dirty and man is the water cold. My feet get numb each time I go in and can only be in the water for a few minutes. Long Sands is... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We've been coming here for so many years! We haven't been in the last three years, and it was so nice to be back. There is a brand new public bathroom / showers that is very clean. The parking lot is very large and seems to accommodate everyone. We were at a motel, but my daughter came with her family... More 

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New Hampshire
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is our favorite beach for the kids int he area and here is why: - Convenient parking. There is a lot steps from the beach and plenty of parking unless you arrive at 2 pm on a beautiful Saturday. There is no limit to how long you can park, so bring lots of coins (local shops do not like... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I really love this beach! It has a big parking lot as well as street parking. It is close to the main drag so it's easy to leave the beach for a quick bite to eat or to get out of the sun for a while. The sand is nice but beware when going into the water! The edge is... More 

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South Burlington, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great place to visit! I love to poke around in the shops. Watching the taffy being pulled is fun for kids & adults. The zoo is near by for the kiddies too!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Unless you like cold Atlantic water, you'll never really go in past your feet. And with this being Maine, chances are the beach will be overcast. But you'll like Small Sands if all you want is a nice small family beach where it's easy keeping an eye on your kids. It has clean public restrooms, a bowling alley and arcade... More 

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Obviously smaller as the name implies, but has a very nice playground for the kids in view of the beach.

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Address: Address: York Beach, York, ME
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  York  >  York Beach

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