Perkins Cove
Perkins Cove
4.5
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This charming fishing village is one of the most picturesque spots in southern Maine. It’s renowned for its fresh seafood, such as lobsters, oysters, clams, and crabs, which you can catch on a private or group fishing tour. After a sumptuous seafood meal, tackle the Marginal Way, a cliff walk famous for its excellent harbor views and scenic lookouts. This coastal enclave is busiest in the summer when vacationers descend on its turquoise beaches. It’s also a haven for art lovers—check out the galleries and local boutiques selling quirky knick-knacks and handicrafts. – Tripadvisor
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  • SUEZQANGEL
    Hamilton Square, New Jersey53 contributions
    A nice reward after strolling down the Marginal Way
    We walked the Marginal Way from our downtown Ogunquit lodging (see separate review for The Terrace by the Sea) for an early dinner/late lunch). The end stop was in beautiful Perkins Cove. Due to Covid or perhaps off season (first full week of October), several of the quaint shops were not open. The shops that were open offered a variety of goods, souvenirs, jewelry and artwork. We found the shops diligent in their Covid protocols. Parking was all metered and seemed plentiful for the off season- not sure it would be sufficient on a busier in season visit. This picturesque enclave was a great way to dine after our Marginal Way stroll. We enjoyed the Lobster Shack meal of lobster, lobster roll and chowder. The public restrooms were clean and the signage at the pier was helpful. There are several boat tours available at the pier as well. Many of the restaurants offered take out or outside dining. It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours and offered great picture taking opportunities.
    Visited October 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2020
  • Brian K
    Schenectady, New York677 contributions
    Went Twice
    Peaceful spot next to shops and the ocean. Just a great space to explore and watch the lobster boats come in for off load. Great stop after Marginal Way. The pay parking lot is full but there are always people leaving so we were able to park the two times we went there.
    Visited October 2020
    Written October 31, 2020
  • Barbara L
    Worcester, Massachusetts11 contributions
    A cove to enjoy
    Beautiful place to explore nature. The marginal walk is fantastic, the cove is appealing, the bridge the raises up for tall boats to enter or leave, it has fishing cruises, sightseeing cruises, sailboat cruises, great seafood restaurants, unique stores that are quaint, bathrooms available, just a fun place to walk, it could take half your day or more depending on what you do here. Parking is a problem at busy times, and you must pay by the hour.
    Visited May 2019
    Written March 12, 2020
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jack M
New York City, NY1,222 contributions
Sep 2020
Came back here two years later. Realized that the only reason this spot is famous is because it is the start and end of the Marginal Way, a very beautiful long trail around rocks and coves.
As for the cove itself it is a disgusting tourist trap. Restaurants with mediocre food and high prices. Also stopped at one restaurant for lunch at exactly 12:05 PM and were told that it had closed for the day. Pathetic! And the parking. All residents of the cove allow parking on their property for a fee (anything between $20 and $30). A real legalized rip off. I will never come up to walk the Marginal Way from this cove again.
Written September 19, 2020
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philc57
Raynham, MA45 contributions
Jul 2021
Very nice area accessible by foot trolley vehicle although parking seems to fill fast. Nice shops ,restaurant /lounges, fishing, sightseeing, lobster boat tours are available Marginal way walk starts or finishes here depending on which way you look at it. Seems to be something for everyone and for all ages
Written August 1, 2021
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Linda S
Aventura, FL23 contributions
Jul 2021
Very lovely area - pack to the gills. Parking is at lots ($20-25) all over the area - and almost impossible to find. Lotts of little restaurants and shops to wander about. You get the Finestkind Boat tours from here. Nubble cruise was beautiful?
Written August 5, 2021
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Cac1234
Germantown, NY2,085 contributions
Jun 2022
Perkins Cove has something for everyone. There are a few different (paid) parking lots or one may walk down Shore Road or the Marginal Way to reach the area with shops including art galleries and jewelry stores, and restaurants. From the Cove one may go on a sailboat or other boat excursion. There is a nice little harbor and wonderful drawbridge to walk across. It is a nice place to spend part of a day!
Written June 19, 2022
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Trish W
McMurray, PA949 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
A very cute little town with a working harbor, lots of little shops and restaurants, and a pretty footbridge that has to be raised at high tide for boats to come and go. We were standing on the bridge when The Finest Kind boat was coming in. They were yelling, "push the button to raise the bridge," so we did, and lowered it after they passed through. Take a boat ride, walk the Marginal Trail, or eat at one of the seaside restaurants.
Written September 28, 2022
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NHjo
Saco, ME8,246 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Parking is very limited at Perkins Cove, so if you don't get there early during tourist season or you're not a walker, you're out of luck. Some of the restaurants and gift shops are very good, like Perkins Cove Candies and Jack's Too Restaurant, and the views are great. I've been going here for decades, and one of my favorite parts of Perkins Cove is the iconic draw bridge.
Written May 16, 2023
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Ann Z
Phoenixville, PA63 contributions
Sep 2021
Walked the Marginal Way to Perkins Cove and it was by far the cutest little destination with plenty of shops and restaurants. We took stunning photos from the bridge of the colorful boats and flowers. Most beautiful part of Ogunquit!
Written October 3, 2021
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Susan R
7 contributions
Jul 2021
Don.t forget your camera! This is by far the most scenic place in Ogunquit with its rocky shoreline on one side and picturesque cove filled with boats on the other side. In the middle is a delightful maze of shops and eateries. The stunning white drawbridge and cove are photos that must be had and the flowers and garden gate at Barnacle Billys are a must snap too! Definitely a must do while visiting!
Written August 1, 2021
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SkeeLovr
Hallowell, ME452 contributions
Aug 2020
Sweet spot! Dining, shopping, sea views, salt air! Check out the footbridge. Watch it open when the boats come in. Make a reservation at one of the many charter fishing operations or take one of the many boat excursion tours located there. One caveat: if you drive, parking is scarce and at a premium. Worth the visit, however!
Written August 4, 2020
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Paula B
Webster, MA1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Family
Authentic Maine fishing village. In this enclave of Ogunquit, located just south of the town center, explore an array of shops, restaurants and scenic walking routes.
Shop along the streets of Perkins Cove. Browse through boutiques selling locally made wares and unique gifts. See local talent on display in the many art galleries in town.
Written October 9, 2022
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