Kennebunkport Area Activities

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Beaches
Area Tours
Cooking Classes & Art Classes
Spas & Salons
Florists
Fabulous Photography
Charter Fishing Trips
Catering & Events Planning
Water activities & sports
Winter Activities & sports

Theatres and Museums

Nature Preserves, hiking and biking
Lighthouses
Golfing
Day Trips
Recommended Restaurants
Galleries to Visit

About Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport is one of 5 villages known as ‘The Kennebunks.’ Located about 90 minutes north of Boston’s Logan airport and 30 minutes south of Portland Maine’s Jetport, the Kennebunks are comprised of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise, Goose Rocks Beach and Arundel.

Kennebunkport - Kennebunkport is known as a year round tourist destination and one of the liveliest summer spots on the New England Coast. Its central village area located on a picturesque harbor features many marinas, fine shops, restaurants, art galleries and a plethora of activities. On the outskirts of busy ‘Dock Square’, you’ll find beautiful historic homes and tree lined streets.

Images of Kennebunkport: www.portimages.com

Kennebunk – Downtown Kennebunk is the kind of town that invites a leisurely stroll, a bit of shopping, a stop for lunch and a look back at history at The Brick Store Museum. A walking tour is a must for anyone with an interest in architecture or history. There are more than two dozen sites all within Kennebunk’s National Register Historic District.
Cape Porpoise – Located 3 miles east of Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise is an authentic working fishing village. Virtually untouched by time, it is a traditional “old Maine” port with its pier, lighthouse and fishing fleet.
Goose Rocks Beach – A quiet village at waters edge with a long sweep of beautiful white sandy beach, just east of Cape Porpoise
Arundel – Located just north of Kennebunk, Arundel is known for its beautiful back roads and country drives. If you care to stop along the way there are many antique shops, an antique trolley museum and it is home to a wonderful summer playhouse. In the wintertime, visit Arundel for your ride through the snow on a horse drawn sleigh.

Local Links of Interest

Kennebunk/ Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce
Maine Tourism Association
Historic Inns of Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport.org Official Site Of The Kennebunkport Business Association
Kennebunkport's 350th Anniversary
Kennebunkport Historical Society

Beaches

The Kennebunks are home to five public beaches.
The Colony Beach – 150 foot sandy beach located at the southern tip of the coast, by the mouth of the Kennebunk River.
Goose Rocks Beach – A large 10,000-foot white sandy beach at the northern tip of the coast.
Gooch’s Beach – Located on Beach Avenue, this beach has plenty of room for jogging, sunning and sandcastle building.
Middle Beach – This beach, also located on Beach Avenue has an abundance of small stones, pebbles and shells perfect for collecting.
Kennebunk Beach – The third beach on Beach Avenue is a large sandy beach with a playground and restrooms. It’s also called Mother’s Beach.
The Captain Jefferds Inn is walking distance to The Colony Beach, and a very short drive to the other beaches. Ask your innkeepers for parking permits.

Area Tours

HydiDrive Tours - Kennebunkport, Maine (207) 251-6611. Park your car and let HydiDrive take you around town quickly and comfortably in a 7 passenger stretch golf cart limousine. HydiDrive will take you past Walkers Point, the summer home of Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. You will pass the beautiful, historic captains’ mansions on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport. You will also get to see the quaint homes nestled along Summer Street in Kennebunk. And, of course, you’ll see the famous Wedding Cake House. As you head back to Kennebunkport, HydiDrive will chauffeur you to the unique shops in the charming riverside town of Kennebunkport. Your tour would not be complete without a stop at the Franciscan Monastery, where wooded walking trails meander along the river, providing glimpses of boatyards and the open ocean beyond. Tours are $50. We are happy to arrange this for you.
Intown Trolley Tours - 21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport - Kennebunkport, Maine (207) 967-3686. Intown Trolley has been touring the Kennebunks for over 30 years. Their 45-minute narrated sightseeing tour covers 300 years of local history, from the native Americans, to early settlers, to the shipbuilding era, to the area's evolution into a tourist and summer resort. Points of interest include: President Bush’s Estate, the Franciscan Monastery, the beaches, Spouting Rock, Blowing Cave & much more. Fare is good all day – on or off at any stop: Adults – $16 | Children (3-17) – $6 | 2 & under – FREE. Discounts available for families, seniors and large groups.
Savor Kennebunkport - Culinary Adventure on Wheels - All aboard the MFT 14-passenger motor coach for an afternoon in good TASTE! Take a fully narrated tour of some of the area's most historic inns and resorts and sample their gourmet fare. Enjoy a 2-hour journey with entertaining guides and disembark to visit unique destinations. Learn about Maine's bountiful foods as you sample hor d'oevres and sip signature cocktails. Tours vary and will visit 4 different locations for tastes. To purchase tickets by phone, call (800) 595-4849 (4TIX). (Call Center operators are available 24 hours per day / 7 days per week) For questions or group tickets, call 207-233-7485.
Kennebunkport Walking Tour - A Taste of the Port - Take an historic and culinary walking tour of Kennebunkport and Lower Village. The area has been home to those who make their living on the sea for centuries and a popular destination for visitors who love the history, beautiful beaches and plentiful outdoor activities. In recent years the culinary scene is also attracting visitors with nationally renowned chefs, gourmet catering companies, craft brewers and award winning food artisans. This tour takes a leisurely half mile walk from Dock Square across the bridge into the lower village as you taste all along the way what it means to be from Maine. You will visit with shop keepers and food artisans, taste chowders, lobsters, cheese and more, all regionally sourced and created by local talent. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you to 7-8 venues to sip, taste and learn about Maine's culinary history and vibrant food scene. To purchase tickets by phone, call (800) 595-4849 (4TIX). (Call Center operators are available 24 hours per day / 7 days per week) For questions or group tickets, call 207-233-7485.

Cooking Classes & Art Classes

Jillyanna's Woodfired Cooking School - 141 Wildes District Road, Kennebunkport, Maine (207) 967-4960. Jillyanna's offers intimate, hands-on 3 1/2 hour classes as well as private classes. Time will be spent prepping, cooking, dining, sharing recipes, and enjoying each other's company. Their goal is to give you the recipes we've developed and the techniques you need to make beautiful Italian inspired food and to expose you to the wonders of woodfired cooking. Group classes are $150 per person.
Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School - 2 Stonewall Lane, York, Maine, 03909, 1-877-899-8363. The Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School in York, Maine is a fun, state-of-the-art classroom and the place to be if you love to cook, love to eat or just want to have a great time. They have an incredibly talented and entertaining staff, and they've also drawn together noted restaurant chefs, cookbook authors and cooking professionals from across the nation to come to Maine to share their experience and demonstrate their talents. You can learn about essential prep skills, attend sophisticated wine tasting events, and immerse yourself in the fine art of cooking. Relax, learn and listen while being served a fabulous menu.
River Tree Arts - 35 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine 04043, (207) 967-9120. River Tree Arts offers a wide array of art and music classes, some of which are one day classes including "Drawing Degas with the Portland Ballet" and turning sea glass into jewelry.

Spas and Salons

Nails by Thao 73 York St Kennebunk, ME 04043 (207) 985-7999
Fringe - One block away from the Captain Jefferds Inn, (207) 967-8551
Spa at Rivers Edge - 83 Portland Road, Kennebunk, Maine (207) 985-6855. Full service spa and salon located on the picturesque Kennebunk River.
Cottage Breeze Day Spa & Boutique - 31 Western Ave., Kennebunk, Maine (207) 967-2259, A full service day spa including hair removal, personal care massage, manicures, & waxing.

Florists

Blooms & Heirlooms - 28 Portland Road, Kennebunk (800) 798-3742
Fleurant - 173 Port Road, Kennebunk (207) 967-4242 We use her all the time! Her flower arrangement are gorgeous! We highly recommended her!

Photography

Robert Akers Photography - Maine (207) 985-4606
CA Smith - 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk (207) 967-0500
Robert Dennis - All over New England

Charter Fishing Trips

Steve Brettell's Little River Decoys and Striper Fishing - Captain Steve Brettell, located at the Arundel Wharf (207) 468-1015
Cast-Away Fishing Charters - Captain Niels Jacob, located in lower village Kennebunk (207) 284-1740

Sight Seeing and Charter Fishing - Captain Greg Metcalf - Kennebunkport (401) 617-9265

Catering & Event Planning

Azalea Events - Event planning with Audrey Zahares right in the center of Kennebunkport
Kitchen Chicks - 41 Water Street, Kennebunk (207) 985-0252
Blue Elephant - Saco  (207) 281-3070
Destination Catering - Kennebunk (207) 285-7333

Water Activities & Sports

Whale Watching:

The First Chance Whale Watch (207) 967-5507

Lobster Boat Cruises and Scenic Cruises:

The Rugosa - Located at the Nonantum Resort (207) 967-5595

Sailing:

The Schooner Eleanor - Just one block away from the Captain Jefferds Inn (207) 967-8809

The Pineapple Ketch (207) 468-7262

Kayaking & Rafting:

Coastal Maine Kayak - located in lower village (207) 967-6065

Winter Activities and Sports

Cross-Country Skiing adn Snow Shoeing:

Harris Farm, Dayton (207) 499-2678

Sleigh and Carriage Rides:

Rockin' Horse Stable, Kennebunkport (207) 967-4288

Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Theaters

The Arundel Barn Playhouse – (207) 985-5552
River Tree Arts - (207) 985-4343
Ogunquit Playhouse - (207) 646-5511
Portland Stage Company - (207) 774-0465

Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Museums

Brick Store Museum – Kennebunk (207) 985-4802
Antique Auto Museum – Wells (207) 985-4802
Seashore Trolley Museum – Arundel (207) 967-2712
White Columns Kennebunkport - (207) 967-2751
Portland Museum of Art - (207) 773-2787
Farnsworth Museum - Rockland (207) 596-6457

Nature Preserves, Hiking & Biking

Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve, Wells (207) 646-2678
The Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells (207) 646-1555
Kennebunkport Bicycle Co. - (207) 967-8713
Your Guide to Bed, Breakfast and Biking Biking and hiking vacations are becoming more popular than ever. So here is a handy helper, Your Guide to Bed, Breakfast and Biking ("the Bike/Hike Guide")!
Kennebunkport Conservation Trust - features acres and acres of pristine woods with numerous trails for hiking and biking. (We love bringing the dogs there and letting them run free!)
Mt. Agamenticus, Berwick

Lighthouses

Goat Island Light, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport (207) 205-2362 - Step aboard the Porpus for a comfortable cruise down the Kennebunk River, past Walker’s Point, to the pristine island of Cape Porpoise. Your captain will guide you ashore Goat Island and present the history of the 150 year old light and keeper’s house. In addition to your tour, climb the circular stairs to the tower for the ultimate lighthouse experience. Spend time absorbing tranquil island life and enjoying the best views in town.
Nubble Lighthouse In 1874 President Rutherford B. Hayes appropriated the sum of $15,000 to build a lighthouse on this “Nub” of land.    On July 1, 1879 construction was completed on what, at the time, was known as the  Knubble Lighthouse with a 4th order light began to protect our men and women on the sea. The men and women serving in the Lighthouse Service were the first guardians who provided great care for the light and its surrounding buildings.
Two Lights State Park located on Cape Elizabeth, Maine.[1] It is a popular point of destination for Maine residents and the many visitors who enjoy the state's rocky coast, named for two nearby lighthouses called the Cape Elizabeth Lights. Opened in 1961, the park spans 41 acres (170,000 m2) of rocky headlands and includes one of the Cape Elizabeth Lights (the Eastern light, still active), the remains of a World War II-era seacoast battery bunker, and a fire control tower. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic.
Portland Head Lighthouse Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light. Situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, at 1000 Shore Road, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Museum at Portland Head Light is contained within the former Keepers' Quarters. The award winning Museum contains a number of lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays
Marshall Point Prominently seated on the rocky point at the entrance to the harbor of the fishing village of Port Clyde, Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum offers visitors and engaging look at the local history, beauty and wonder of mid-coast Maine.  Take a step back in time as you walk through the door of the museum and learn about the history of the lighthouse, the village of Port Clyde and lobstering in Saint George. Take home a memento of your trip from the gift shop, offering a wide assortment of souvenirs, handmade local art and books written by local authors.
Owls Head Lighthouse Active aid to navigation. The lighthouse and keeper's house are licensed to the American Lighthouse Foundation. The lighthouse tower is cared for by a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights.
Wood Island Light, Biddeford Pool (207) 200-4552 - A tour to Wood Island Lighthouse is run by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse, an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The lighthouse is located off the coast of Biddeford Maine and tours leave from Vine's Landing in Biddeford Pool. The guided tour takes about 1 1/2 hours and is subject to Mother Nature and her weather and sea conditions. The tower is open to those who wish to make the climb to the top. The tower received a set of double handrails in 2008, making the journey to the top safe for lighthouse guests.

Golfing

Cape Arundel Golf Club, Kennebunkport (207) 967-3494
Webhannet Golf Club, Kennebunk (207) 967-2061
Dutch Elm Golf, Arundel (207) 282-9850
Hillcrest Pitch n’ Putt, Kennebunk (207) 967-4661

Galleries

Home & Away - 26 Maine Street, Kennebunkport

Landmark Gallery - A favorite of the innkeepers! 31 Ocean Ave. Kennebunkport
Maine Art Gallery & Framing - 14 Western Ave. Lower Village Kennebunk
Mast Cove Galleries - Mast Cove Lane and Maine St. Kennebunkport
Mimi Gregoire Carpenter Studio Gallery - 885 Pool St. Cape Porpoise
Will Cunha Artist Studio and Gallery - Dock Square Kennebunkport

Daytrips

Freeport – 45 minutes north, home of LL Bean.
Kittery – 35 minutes south, outlet stores
Ogunquit – 20 minutes south, coastal town, Ogunquit playhouse
Portland – 35 minutes north. Portland Jetport, Museum of Art, waterfront.
Portsmouth, NH – 35 minutes south. Boutique shopping, Strawberry Bank Museum.
York, Maine – 25 minutes south. Cape Neddick lighthouse, York’s Wild Kingdom Animal Park.
Cape Elizabeth – 30 minutes north, Two-Lights lighthouse and state park.
Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. Approx 2 hours.
 

P.O. Box 691, 5 Pearl St.
Kennebunkport, ME. 04046


(207) 967-2311

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