Kennebunkport Travel Guide

USA  #3 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

Free Things To Do in Kennebunkport

If you have extra time, Gooch's Beach is worthwhile.
  • #2
    Dock Square
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    #2 in Kennebunkport
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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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.

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  • #3
    St. Anthony's Monastery and Franciscan Guest House
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    #3 in Kennebunkport
    Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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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 66 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.

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    Gooch's Beach
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    #4 in Kennebunkport
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    It's not hard to understand why Gooch's Beach would be one of Kennebunkport's most popular (read: crowded) stretches of sand. Its gorgeous vistas are celebrated in all of Maine and it's the closest beach to the downtown area. Travelers say it's a great beach to bring your family and dogs are allowed on the beach as well. Recent visitors warn that when the tide comes in, the beach disappears, so check the tide schedule before visiting and be prepared to pick up and move your stuff should the waves rush in far.

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    St. Ann's Church
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    #5 in Kennebunkport
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    This historic stone chapel was built in 1887 and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. 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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    #6 in Kennebunkport
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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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 former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Russian politico 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.

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