Cape Neddick Lighthouse is located on Nubble Island, which is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel. The lighthouse was built in 1979 and marks the end of the Cape Neddick peninsula, which bisects Long Sands Beach to the south and Short Sands Beach to the north. Cape Neddick Light is one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine. The lighthouse is not open to the public, but may be easily viewed from Sohier Park on the mainland.
Sohier Park is open to the public with parking that may become limited on busy summer days. The park includes a small gift shop with restrooms, and is a great destination for walking and biking for those staying nearby. Watch for the SCUBA divers gearing up for this popular diving spot. At low tide, children and parents may enjoy exploring the rocky tide pools for a variety of small sea life. Make sure to take advantage of the coin operated telescopes on clear weather days. Not only will you get a better view of Cape Neddick light, but those who look toward the horizon beyond the southern tip of Nubble Island may view the distant profile of Boon Island Lighthouse, six miles out to sea.
York Village, located north of Sohier Park, is a popular destination with a collection of shops, restaurants, an arcade, and classical New England hotels. One quarter mile long Short Sands and a mile and a half Long Sands Beach offer plenty of space to layout your beach towel on the hot July and August days of summer.
Plan for a visit to Sohier Park in the late morning and grab lunch at Fox Lobster House which is located adjacent to the park, or walk up the street to Dunne’s Ice Cream. Spend the afternoon swimming and sunbathing at the beach ($1 an hour metered parking), and finish with an evening enjoying the shops and restaurants in the village.