Kennebunkport Travel Guide

  • View of the harbor at Kennebunk river
    View of the harbor at Kennebunk river
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  • Cape Porpoise Fishing Boats
    Cape Porpoise Fishing Boats
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    fresh lemonade?
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Kennebunkport Highlights

  • Pro
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     The epitome of coastal Maine. Charming, classy and friendly 

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     crowds in summer lack of parking 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Fun Place to Visit Even for a Day 

Kennebunkport Things to Do

  • Antique Trolley Rides

    I come to Kennebunkport every season to take a ride on a trolley car at Seashore Trolley Museum, I like to cool off on an open air trolley and listen to the conductor tell the story of how the trolley industry helped grow america's industrial cities.

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  • Eat Lobster

    Maine Lobsters are known all over the World and since you are in Maine, why not try the world famous local lobster whether steamed, broiled, shucked, Lobster Bisque, Lobster Roll, Lobster Baked and other variations of the lobster here are available and are way cheaper to buy than in Boston.

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  • Kennebunk River

    the Kennebunk River Separates Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and there are some activities to do around it

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  • Walker Point

    the area that made Kennebunkport Famous is the Walker Point, located on a sharp tip along the ocean coast of Kennebunkport, the Summer Home of former President George HW Bush, the father of Dubya George W. Bush. A Little dot of Red s on a Sea of Blue State of Maine. You Can See Walker point along various Vista Points along the Ocean Avenue area of...

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  • Gawk at some mansions along Ocean Road

    We were a little pressed for time so we didn't stop in any of the cute little towns that comprise the Kennebunks but we did have a lovely drive starting from the Maine Diner in Wells and going north along Main Street, through the cute town of Kennebunkport and eventually picking up Ocean Avenue which goes along the water and showcases some pretty...

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  • Colonial Homes

    The ride through Kennebunk, in my opinion is much nicer than when you get to destination point of Kennebunkport. It is the first town before you get to the point by the other water and inlet. They have elegant old style homes of the 1800's and the town is relatively quiet. The town was settled in 1602 and became known for shipbuilding and commerce....

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Kennebunkport Restaurants

  • Along Western Ave Going to Kennebunk

    the Pilot House Restaurant is located near the Main Tourist Bus Parking area near the Bridge Going to Kennebunkport and the restaurant has an outside al fresco dining area and inside dining area with a full service bar. the restaurants decor is unpretentious and the inside is full of sea related stuffs like anchors, compass, paddles, lights and...

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  • Great Fried Seafood Right on the Water

    We found this place on the second to last day of our trip to Kennebunkport and liked it so much that we came back on the last day too! This was one of the few places that you could sit on the water and enjoy reasonably priced food. Ambience consisted of picnic tables on a deck which is the exact type of place where you would want to find the best...

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  • Best Bar Atmosphere in Kennebunkport

    This place was packed with people which isn't suprising except for the fact that we were in town before the actual tourist season started. Good atmosphere right on the main strip in Kennebunkport by the docks. They are known for their lobster rolls, which are very good. But others in our party got pizza and fried fish. All were more than happy...

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  • Good food and great live music

    Very good and pricey food and very good live music. We stayed inside (too cold to dine outside) but also the terrace is really cute if it is warm enough. There I have realized it is forbidden to sleep in bars in Maine (it was my 2° day in the US and the jet lag was still a problem)!!!! Burgers were delicious

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  • Candies, Home Made Fudge, Salt Water...

    providing sweet treats for the dessert loving and sweet tooth loving people the awssorted home made fugdes

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  • actually is in Kennebunk

    the famous Clam Shack of Kennebunkport is actually located at the border in between Kennebunk and Kennebunport just before crossing the bridge (see my pictures) hance it has two addresses in the internet, one in kennebunk and one in kennebunkport. This hole in the wall shack is the most famous of the restos in Kennebunkport area and was founded by...

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Kennebunkport Nightlife

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    by JJBlondie Written Aug 15, 2004

    There are a variety of restaurants and eating locations in this area. But there is no night life. The locals named a few places (bars) that I knew I'd never be able to find, but overall the place is quiet, family-oriented, and not meant for a single person "out on the town." You relax here, you don't meet people here.

    Dress Code: Anything goes.

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Kennebunkport Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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

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  • Public parking information for...

    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...

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Kennebunkport Shopping

  • Buying Kennebunkport Souvenirs

    one of the many gift shops and souvenir shops along dock square area of Kennebunkport and they sell assorted collectibles from all around maine and other areas and the good can be varied as post cards, t-shirts, sweat shirts, Regrigerator Magnets, Shot Glasses, Key Chains, local Paintings, local crafts, Coffee Mugs, etc and they also carry brands...

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  • Sea Food Market of the famous Clam Shack

    a complementary companion of the smaller Clam Shack and is just beside the shack and is a housed in a bigger location and you can even eat what you order at the clam shack here inside since they have also tables and chairs in the sea food market and what you can find inside is a sea food lovers delight due to the rich fishing grounds of the Maine...

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  • Quality Quilts available for cool...

    The Aroma Floria shop had an extensive inventory of locally crafted items of interest and use for sale.Among the things that caught my eye were the lovely quilts. There was a multitude of colors and patterns available, and they seemed to be of a very nice quality. Are these hand-made heirlooms? NO. But, they're very nice general use quilts for a...

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Kennebunkport Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch Where you park

    Everywhere Says the same-STAY OUT. The town of Kennebunkport has no accomodation for parking to speak of. Some is down by the harbor, and others farther out. The bad situation is they are full all the time. Trying to park of a side street, or in some ones lot, or along the streets, will get you towed, and/or ticketed. Many, many sings forewarn not...

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  • Go Before You Go

    The one and only public place to use the facilites is behind the shops. The lines can take the women at least 1/2 on a good day-I am sure more in summer

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  • Tour Bus Stampedes !

    Kennebunkport is a tourist town, and it gets its share of visitors. For the most part, they tend to be quiet and laid back sorts, gentle enjoying the scenery and appeal of this lovely place.There's nothing wrong with the folks who choose to visit the Kennebunks via tour bus. It's just that there are so many of them, and that they tend to go...

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Kennebunkport Tourist Traps

  • The Whole Thing

    The whole shopping and eating area. With 40-50 shops and 10-15 restaurants crammed into a small space, it gets crowded to do either. I was there in the fall, and can oly imagine what summer is like.

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  • The Bush Compound

    The Bush Compound is touted as a "what to see in Kennebunkport." I say pass on this. All you can do is drive by anyway, its highly guarded, as you can imagine, and its really just a house, sitting on a peninsula outside of town. Nothing spectacular. Drive past it to the Marina at the end of the road for a beautiful view and a bite to...

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  • Way OFF the tracks at $7.50 per person

    The Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine.The trolley museum is a short drive north of Kennebunkport. It was founded in 1939 to preserve a disappearing way of life. There are some interesting cars resident, and there is actually a few that operate on a short train track, where you get a ride for your $7.50.One tour book (Frommer's Portable...

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Kennebunkport What to Pack

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    by kidkilowatt Written Feb 6, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: If you are travelling to Kennebunkport in the summer, you should make sure to bring with you an ample supply of bug spray. The mosquitos will attack and will take no hostages. You would think with their abnormally large size, they'd be easier to spot and smack, but they somehow remain stealth, so your best chance lies in the bug spray. Douse yourself.

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Kennebunkport Off The Beaten Path

  • 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

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  • 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...

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  • CAPE PORPOISE

    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...

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Kennebunkport Favorites

  • Automated Teller Machines (ATMS)

    are heaven sent for people low on their credit cards and debit cards the many ATM in and around Kennebunkport and Kennebunk

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  • GOAT ISLAND LIGHT

    Kennebunkport, MaineCape Porpoise Village is built around the shores of its harbor, which a cluster of large and small islands protect. On one of them stands the baby lighthouse of the coast GOAT ISLAND LIGHT. Cape Porpoise, near the mouth of the Kennebunk River, was named by Captain John Smith, for a school of porpoises he saw there.Established in...

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  • KENNEBUNKPORT

    During the last century KENNEBUNKPORT has become a popular resort area and even more so in recent years as many sightseers come to view the summer home of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, also visited by his son President George W. Bush and his family. The town includes Cape Porpoise, the original settlement and Goose Rocks Beach. Beautiful...

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The Water Activity at Kennebunkport
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Cape Elizabeth
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THIS TOWN WAS MADE FOR TOURISTS
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WALKING & BICYCLING AROUND KENNEBUNKPORT
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Bush family home
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Cottage Breeze Day Spa & Boutique
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Kennebunk River
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Rock you like a Hurricane
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The President's summer home
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Side trip to York Beach
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signs signs everywhere a sign
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Cape Porpoise
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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
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Eat with the President
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Arundel Wharf Restaurant
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Delicious Maine lobster in Kennbunkport
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Say hello to George and Barbara.....
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Great breakfast!
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Take a break from the beach
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My Favorite Slice of Blueberry Pie
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An alternative to lobster
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Mary's Cookies
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You'll need something to read by your fireplace!
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Great Clam Chowder
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Another interesting gallery in Kennebunkport
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A good collection of Christmas items and candles
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Wine and cheese without the need for a bank loan
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Another unique gift shop item
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Nice collection of items, some even a bit unique
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A varied collection, including crystal & Hummels
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Another quality gift and knick-knack shop!
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Go upstairs for crafts and pottery
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Get your Irish fix in Kennebunkport, too....
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