Why Vacation in Ogunquit?
Our family has lived in Ogunquit for generations because we’ve found that this part of the Maine coast is truly unique. Ogunquit Beach is naturally covered in fine, sugary, white sand, unlike many in New England. That sand also descends gradually into the water, creating a safe platform for swimming without the riptide created by a steeper drop-off at other beaches.
On the other side of the sand dunes, delightful shops and restaurants line the downtown streets a short walk from our Ogunquit hotel. From there, stroll on to unmatched views along The Marginal Way and Perkins Cove. The famous Ogunquit Playhouse and an array of local museums and galleries round out a vibrant, progressive arts scene, so there’s truly something special in town for everyone.
Guests of The Dunes have direct access to a quieter, less crowded section of Ogunquit Beach away from the main public access points. Just across the tidal river lie the sand dunes and the beach, with a boardwalk to cross over the natural vegetation of the dunes. You can row one of our boats across the river when the tide is in or take an easy walk when the tide is out.
The soft white sand that sets Ogunquit Beach apart is here to stay. Preservation projects that began decades ago have kept the dunes themselves intact. The sand dunes are considered a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, where a variety of birds, butterflies, and other creatures flourish. As a bonus, the tall grasses and brush protect an unusually wide stretch of sand to enjoy, even at high tide.
Things to do in Ogunquit
When it comes time to venture away from the beach, you’ll find an impressive array of activities and attractions in Ogunquit. Whether you’re visiting New England for a relaxing getaway or a fun-filled family vacation, the options for shopping, dining, and sightseeing will leave you wondering where the time went. If you need some help finding things to do in Ogunquit during your stay, the staff at The Dunes will be happy to offer their local perspective. To get you started, we’ve put together the following list of unforgettable Ogunquit attractions.
Plenty of Easy Fun
- Funtown Splashtown tickets (guests save $4 per child 38” to under 48” and $5 48” and taller)
- Ogunquit Playhouse tickets (guests save 10% off of best available seats)
- Cape Neddick Country Club (book tee times with the Front Desk and get a discounted rate) 5/30-9/5 $45 (9 holes) $70 (18 holes) w/cart, free range balls, 10% off any Pro shop purchases, ½ priced rentals and discounted lessons
- Standup Paddle Boards
- Standup Paddle Board Lessons
Looking for the top spots to grab a bite here in Ogunquit? Use our handy guide to long-time Ogunquit favorites and indulge in everything from artisan sandwiches to authentic Maine lobster.