Kennebunkport Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Kennebunkport

If you have extra time, Dock Square is worthwhile.
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    This little working fishing village, considered part of Kennebunkport, is a few miles from Dock Square and offers a scenic outing. Visitors can watch fishermen hauling in traps and coming in and out of the harbor in their boats at the Cape Porpoise Pier, just as they have done for years. Other activities include shopping in the quaint general store called Bradbury Bros. Market and browsing through the handful of shops and galleries. Goat Island Light, one of Maine oldest lighthouses, is also located in Cape Porpoise.

    Recent visitors said the village is quite picturesque but warn if you want photos of the lighthouse, you'll need a camera with a zoom lens. Travelers also said the village is home to several seafood shacks, where the food is as fresh as it gets. Favorites include Musette, Pier 77 and Cape Pier Chowder House.

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    Beaches
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    This string of beaches, located along Beach Avenue, is packed on sunny summer days. It's not hard to understand why Gooch's Beach (often called "Kennebunk Beach") is one of Kennebunkport's most popular (read: crowded) stretches of sand. Not only does it boast scenic vistas, it's also the closest beach to the downtown area. Travelers say Gooch's is a great beach to bring your family and your four-legged friend as dogs are allowed here. Recent visitors loved the fact that the beach is not overdeveloped, but warn that it can be difficult to find parking at times.

    Middle Beach may be rocky, but is still a gorgeous spot to sunbathe and enjoy the views. Meanwhile, Mother's Beach also has a large playground and, like Gooch's Beach, offers lifeguards and portable toilets July through Labor Day. You'll want to bring a cooler with food and drinks as there are limited facilities at the beaches.

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    Dock Square
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    To get a feel for Kennebunkport's personality, spend an afternoon in Dock Square. This neighborhood – nestled in the center of town – bustles with boutique shoppers and art gallery-hoppers during the summer months. And the plentiful patio cafes offer perfect people-watching perches as well as succulent lobster rolls and other fresh dishes (especially at the Clam Shack, a traveler favorite).

    Dock Square is best experienced in the summertime, though a handful of shops keep their doors open during the cold months and promote sweet deals for bargain hunters. Individual stores, shops and eateries operate different schedules, but for more information on the area visit the tourism board's website.

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    St. Ann's Church
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    This historic stone chapel was built in 1887 and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Kennebunk River. It's a Kennebunkport staple that's lauded for its stone facade, its stained-glass windows and its surrounding gardens. The church is also popular for wedding ceremonies.

    Recent visitors said the grounds are peaceful, the structure is unique and the colorful stained-glass windows inside are beautiful. Many say you don't have to spend much time here, but it's a quick "must-see" spot.

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    Walker's Point
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    Travelers looking to play paparazzi should head out on Ocean Avenue to Walker's Point, home to the Bush family compound. While in office, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush hosted a variety of influential heads of state at their family summer home, including Margaret Thatcher and Vladimir Putin. The Bush family still spends their summer vacations on the picturesque property.

    Visitors love the breathtaking vistas on the aptly named Ocean Avenue and suggest stopping at the lookout point to get a photo with the Bush compound in the background. That being said, there isn't much else to do at Walker's Point – and the secret service doesn't let you get too close – so a brief visit is best. You'll find Walker's Point about 3 miles south of downtown Kennebunkport.

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    St. Anthony's Monastery and Franciscan Guest House
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    An active monastery, St. Anthony's serves as a popular rest stop for travelers, as well as a religious retreat for the devout. More than 60 acres of lush gardens and walking paths are open to the public year-round. And visitors are welcome to stay overnight in St. Anthony's Franciscan Guest House next door. Art fans can find a collection stunning pieces here as well, including a few slabs of stained glass created by Lithuanian architect and artist Vytautas K. Jonynas in the chapel. There's even a saltwater pool by the guest house if you're up for a dip.

    Recent travelers said the grounds are peaceful, offering a beautiful place for solitude and reflection. Visitors who stayed in the guest house said it was humble, yet comfortable, and many suggested stopping by the gift shop.

  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
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