My family of four visited Ogunquit on a rainy Friday in June. We were disappointed that our lobster boat trip had to be cancelled due to threats of lightning, but decided to bring our umbrellas and spend the day anyway. We found the Perkins Cove area to be relatively empty on a rainy morning and were able to park for free in the lot near the lobster boat launch. We began the day by riding the Trolley Loop. The trolley is primarily for transportation and there is no narration or description but it did help us see the town and think about different parts of the town that we might want to backtrack and visit. We were able to get off and take some quick pictures at picturesque sites while the trolley was loading/unloading. The loop took nearly an hour.
We then wanted lunch and head to the Lobster Shack. We had planned eat at Footbridge Lobster, but changed our plans to the Lobster Shack next door because it had indoor seating in the rain. The service was friendly and the food was delicious. Atmosphere was charmingly rustic. You can see the tank of live lobsters and watch the cooks work from the counter.
We then walked the Marginal Way. The rain had mostly subsided by now. When we began our walk, the weather was foggy and ominous but it was quite sunny (and the walk was full of people) by about halfway through. It was interesting to see and photograph the scenery in both types of weather. My children enjoyed cavorting on the rocks by the beach. This is a very pleasant way to spend a few hours walking, people-watching or just sitting and watching the waves. It seemed to be a popular pastime.
By now, my children wanted treats. We stopped at Perkins Cove Candy Shop and were delighted with the variety of candies available. I particularly enjoyed a salted caramel. We could not find an open ice cream shop at the Perkins Cove area (one shop, maybe called Jackie's, was closed on a Friday afternoon), so we drove to Sweet Pea's Ice Cream on Shore Road. We couldn't park easily, so my husband dropped us off and drove around the block while the kids bought their ice cream. It was very good and, again, friendly service. The ice cream choices were numerous and both classic and exotic and the cones were quite large.
Despite the weather, this turned out to be one of our favorite day trips in New England and my kids would happily spend another afternoon climbing on the rocks beside the Marginal Way.