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America’s Destinations: Ocean Park, Maine

America’s Destinations: Ocean Park, Maine

If you prefer not to cook the Yellow Fin Restaurant offers fresh seafood, including the famous Maine lobster. If you have never eaten lobster, the Yellow Fin is a good place for your initial attempt. Ending your day with a picnic on the beach? Consider freshly made sandwiches from the Ocean Park Grocery

Something for everyone all season long

A block dance or strawberry shortcake festival may draw your attention. On Saturday, an art show on the Library lawn might cause you to detour from your walk to the beach for a few minutes. The show, sponsored by Saco Bay Artists Association, features photographs, fiber art, water color and oil paintings. Ocean scenes predominate, although many lovely images of the surrounding countryside abound as well. A piece of Ocean Park art will serve as a yearlong reminder of your wonderful vacation.

Ocean Park Maine photo
Photo by Boston Public Library

The Ocean Park Association, formed in 1881, seamlessly plans and executes the summer activities. The Association coordinates weekly concerts, religious services, book groups, road races, field trips to surrounding points of interest, and many other events, making certain that there is truly something for everyone in Ocean Park.

Steeped in traditions more than a century old

Finally, two traditional special events highlight Ocean Park summers. The Annual Fourth of July Parade is famous throughout southern Maine due to its family oriented theme. Many local residents and businesses decorate floats for the parade. Watching the faces of the children as they wave the American flag may jolt you back to your own childhood when a simple activity like decorating your bike sowed the seeds of patriotism and representing something greater than yourself.

Illumination Night, held on the first Saturday of August, is a celebration dating back to the inception of Ocean Park. Residents decoratively light their cottages while visitors wander the streets to view the effect. The culmination of the evening comes with the arrival of the Dunlap Highland Band. Bagpipe music drifts over the village square as parents herd their exhausted children home to bed.

After all, tomorrow is another beach day.




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