just a couple of tips for you
Here are a couple of thoughts about Kennebunkport transportation.
#1 You can take a carriage ride (for a price, of course) for some low-stress transportation around town.
#2 Get to Kennebunkport as early in the day as possible, because later on, all the parking places will look like those in my second photo. that is, they will be filled with cars unless you are really lucky.
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Public parking information for Kennebunkport
If you are driving, parking in Kennebunkport and the lower village of Kennebunk can be dicey. Most of the larger restaurants do have adequate parking for their patrons. But for shopping in town, there are precious few public/free parking places. Get into town early to claim one of these. THE best time limit you will find for these public streetside slots will be (up to) 2 hours. The parking police are very active, and if you leave it parked 2 hours and 15 minutes, you'll probably get nailed.
IF you are staying in a local inn or B&B, I'd advise you to park your car and simply walk. Distances are short, and the brisk air and gorgeous scenery will make for an enjoyable jaunt.
But, if you do need to park and (a) there are no free spots left and/or (b) you' d like to stay parked beyond 2 hours, there are two public parking lots in Kennebunkport. The charge for the dowtown lot is $3 per hour OR PORTION OF AN HOUR. Moral of the story....if you're there 61 minutes, you'd might as well stay for another 59 minutes. : ) I am not sure if the Municipal Lot (north of the Nott House) is free or not.
The location of these two lots are:
(1) Downtown, behind Alisson's Restaurant. You'll turn into this lot just to the right of Alisson's. (This is called the Dock Square Parking Lot)
(2) North side of town, just north of the Nott house on Maine avenue. Go through Kennebunkport on Western Ave, and turn left at the Nott House onto Maine Avenue. Within 1/4 mile, you'll see signs for public parking on your left. This is the Municipal Lot.
ONE horsepower is enough for a small village
If you'd like to enjoy a slow and leisure roll around Kennbunkport and the Lower Village of Kennebunk, you might want to consider a carriage ride. It's pretty touristy, but if you combine it with a bottle of wine and a cool but sunny autumn day, it's a nice way to enjoy a couple of hours.
I can't remember the name of the company running the carriages, but I do remember seeing signs around Dock Square indicating where to sign up.
...or, get a little bitty car
Things can be a little crowded, parking-wise, in the tiny villages of Kennebunkport and lower Kennebunk.
You'll be happier if you can zip in and out of small parking areas. Now, this Suzuki Aerio thing that we ended up with might be taking small a bit far (we had expected a Dodge Neon), but it served us well in tight spaces.
If you have a burning desire to have a Suzuki Aerio, you might first want to have a complete psychiatric exam. AFTER that, call Dollar Rent-a-Car. We got ours at the Manchester, NH airport.
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WALK.... it's a small town!
Unless you have some health issue that precludes a little moderate walking, you can easily reach anywhere in downtown Kennebunkport or the Lower Village of Kennebunk on foot.
This photo contains a great deal of downtown Kennebunkport in a single frame. If you stay in a nearby inn, you can truthfully walk about anywhere you'd like to go. Enjoy the cool weather, and the ocean vigor. Walk whereever it is you'd like to go!
Go Slow to get there
The old town of Kennebunk is nice and relatively quite compared to the Kennebunport and beach. I surelyt would not be going there in the summer, or other heavy tourist times