Famous Trolley Museum, but Worth Visit?
It has been quite a long time since I visited Kennebunkport or its trolley museum. Therefore, what I have to say should be taken into consideration only after visiting what others have to say.
Pchamlis says that the trolley museum is "Way off the Track" at $7.50 per person in his Tourist Trap Tips. That may very well be the case.
However, the claim that this museum is a "scrap yard" is a bit out of line, and so is the claim that you can see everything the museum has from the parking lot. Take a look at their web site. There are well over 100 cars that have been preserved here. In order to see them, however, you need to actually go into the museum complex, and take a look around.
In wooden cars, there really isn't that much worth scrapping. However, maintaining and restoring the car collection requires a fairly extensive group of volunteers, and in fact when I last visited the museum there were approximately seven (7) full time paid restoration workers - professional wood workers of a skill that could not be found among the volunteer labor. That was some time ago, and from the sound of the web site, it appears that those are no longer working at the museum.
What some describe as a short trolley ride around a circle of track also includes a trip down a section of track that is on the old roadbed of the railroad that used to serve the area.
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits
Two miles east of Kennebunkport's Dock Square is the fishing village of CAPE PORPOISE. At Cape Porpoise Pier, off Route 9, you can watch lobstermen unloading their catch and view Goat Island Lighthouse. It was wonderful to experience the tranquility and beauty of this quiet seaside village.
In the accompanying pictures, you will see stacks of lobster traps and some of the fishing boats in the harbor.
Cape Porpoise is the quintessential New England fishing village. Walk out onto the pier and admire the picturesque scenery of lobster boats, fishermen hard at work, and Goat Island Light in the distance. This place whispers poetry in your ear, it's that charming.
- Sailing and Boating
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a short drive from Kennebunkport.
It's named after the mother of the environmental movement, Rachel Carson, whose book "Silent Spring" introduced the public to the harmful nature of pesticides.
The National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966.
There is a free 1 mile trail at the headquarters in Wells.
Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt. 1 to Wells, East on Rt. 9. (207) 646-1555.
321 Port Road/ Wells, Maine
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Drive out to Cape Porpoise
Cape Porpoise is a lobstering village just outside Kennebunkport. It's not a tourist photo-op, it's a real place inhabited by fishermen and their families. It's a hard life and it's also a life that is slowly disappearing from New England.
There's something historic and satisfying in enjoying a bowl of chowder in Cape Porpoise as you watch the picturesque lobstering fleet in the bay.
Meet the President on the golf course
In Kennebunkport, we stayed at the 1802 Inn on Locke Street. This inn butts right up against the 17th fairway of the Cape Arundel Gold Club.
I am told that whenver "W" is in Kennebunkport, he and his dad (aka George Bush I or simply "41") play golf at Cape Arundel. In an effort to play quietly and minimize local furor, they always play very early in the morning. So, if you'd like to meet the President and his dad, get up early and sit out at the sitting area at the 1802 Inn. I've been told that it is not uncommon for people sitting on the 17th fairway at the 1802 to get into a nice conversation with both men.
Now, you can get near the Cape Arundel Golf course from places other than the 1802 Inn, but you might be walking around or near someone's backyard. And besides, if you're reading my tips seriously, you already know that I insist that the 1802 Inn is THE best place to stay in Kennebunkport.
Say hello to the President and his dad for me.
Saint Anthony Shrine
This shrine has a guest house that serves Lithuanian breakfast as a grand buffet.
There is a salt water pool and lovely grounds . A wonderful place for a retreat
inside the monastery house
see numerous Lithuanian sculptures and details. There are also daily Mass confessions and frequent adoration hours