Gooch's Beach
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Key Info

Beach Avenue

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

You'll find Gooch's Beach off of Beach Avenue, about a mile south of Dock Square. But fair warning, parking can be quite the hassle in the summer months and you'll need to buy a parking permit from Kennebunk's Town Hall. Parking permits cost $20 a day and $75 a week for nonresidents.

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#1 Boat tours

One of the best ways to see the quaint coastal town of Kennebunkport is from the water. From kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to lobster boat tours and sailboat tours, there are ample ways to enjoy this city from the sea. Rugosa Lobster Tours is a popular family-friendly option that takes travelers on about an hourlong ride aboard a classic New England wooden lobster boat. You'll enjoy views of the land and sea and watch the workers haul in lobster traps; visitors said it was a highlight to see the lobsters up close. The Schooner Eleanor offers two-hour tours aboard a traditional gaff rigged schooner with an experienced captain of more than 25 years. Recent travelers loved the relaxing tour and knowledgeable and friendly crew members. Meanwhile, Coastal Maine Kayak & Bike offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals in Kennebunkport.

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