Things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine
Catch a ride aboard the Intown Trolley for a 45-minute sightseeing tour of Kennebunkport, Maine. Stately homes, historic points of interest, pristine beaches, and craggy shorelines are a few of the highlights on these narrated trolley tours that depart hourly, seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.
21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine; 207-967-3686
Built in 1853, the Greek revival mansion known as White Columns has been preserved throughout the years to retain its old-world charm. Two centuries of history beckon when you take one of the guided tours that wends through seven on the home’s rooms, chronicling both the lives of the family who lived there and the town in which they flourished.
8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine; 207-967-2751
Seashore Trolley Museum
When the Seashore Trolley Museum was established in 1939, they featured a single open trolley car, No. 31 from the Biddeford & Saco Railroad Company. The museum now holds the distinction of being the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world, with a collection containing more than 250 transit vehicles from the US and Canada, and beyond.
195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, Maine; 207-967-2800
Kennebunkport is a hiker’s paradise offering seaside strolls down Ocean Avenue’s famed Parsons Way; wildlife walks at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, with trails twisting through forests, coastal meadows, tidal salt marshes, and the distinctive rocky coast; and tranquil treks along the Kennebunk Bridle Path, an old railroad bed from the 1880s.
Inquire with the Concierge for directions as there are multiple locations for the trails.
We’re fortunate to have two fabulous courses located within close proximity to The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel. The 18-hole, par 69 Cape Arundel Golf Course has been drawing golfers to its fairways for more than 120 years. The semi-private Webhannet golf club features an 8-hole, par 71 course and is located just a block away from Kennebunk Beach.
Our Concierge is happy to provide you with directions to the course of your choice.
Launch a kayak or canoe directly into the Kennebunkport harbor and spend an idyllically lazy day paddling about the river. Or if you’re an experienced boater with a need for more speed than a paddle-powered vessel can provide, power boats are also an option at the Kennebunkport Marina. With advance notice, they will even pack you a picnic lunch.
67 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine; 207-967-3411
Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
Set in a historic barn, Vinegar Hill Music Theatre offers the finest in national, regional, and local music talent throughout the summer and fall season. With only 240 seats, the music hall is an intimate venue in which entertainers can showcase their talents, making it the Kennebunkport vacationers’ go-to spot for grown-up entertainment.
53 Old Post Road, Arundel, Maine; 207-985-5552
Known as the center of downtown Kennebunkport, Maine, Dock Square is peppered with shops, eateries, and art galleries, making it a popular destination with visitors. Bordered on one side by the Kennebunk River — which separates it from Kennebunk’s Lower Village — this town hub will provide a day of distraction for foodies, shoppers and art enthusiasts alike.
Head across the footbridge, and you’ll be in the heart of Dock Square.
A traditional gaff rigged schooner, The Schooner Eleanor was built in Kennebunkport by Captain Rich Woodman and launched in May 1999. Flying four sails, with a large teak cockpit and spacious cushioned seating on which to stretch out, a two-hour tour of Kennebunkport aboard the Eleanor – still helmed by Captain Rich – is reminiscent of yachting 1930s style.
43 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine; 207-967-8809
First Chance Whale Watching
A whale watch is just a cruise without an expert on board to guide the experience. With his vast knowledge of New England’s whales and the waters in which they travel, Captain Gary will skillfully navigate Nick’s Chance to the summer feeding grounds of Finbacks, Humpbacks, Minkes, the rare Blue Whale, and the endangered Right Whale.
4 Western Avenue, Route 9 Lower Village, Kennebunk, Maine; 207-967-5507
Striker Fishing Charter
Whether you’re angling for Stripers or Giant Bluefin Tuna, the friendly folks at Striker fishing charter company are happy to customize your saltwater fishing adventure. And while they can’t guarantee you’ll reel in the catch of a lifetime, experienced captains will teach you all the skills of game fishing while providing you with a waterside tour of Kennebunkport, Maine.
21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME; 207-590-9093
Did you know that an adult lobster’s “crusher claw” can exert up to 100 pounds of pressure per square inch? Or that lobster traps are actually called pots? You’ll learn this and more when you climb aboard the Rugosa, a New England wooden lobster boat, for a memorable 1 – 1 1/2 hour tour of the Kennebunk River to watch the captain haul lobster traps.
Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine; 207-468-4095
Brick Store Museum
Founded in 1936 to preserve and present the heritage of the Kennebunks, the Brick Store Museum is now a regional history, art, and archives center located in the heart of Kennebunk, Maine’s historic district. Poke around the museum or sign up for one of their walking tours to learn about the storied pasts of the town’s notable architecture.
117 Main St, Kennebunk, Maine; 207-985-4802
Located on the “downtown” stretch of Kennebunk’s historic Main Street, the Waterhouse Center is an open-sided 100’ x 120’ structure that shelters a picturesque ice skating rink during the chilly winter months. This youth and family pavilion has become a hub for community activity throughout all four seasons and plays host to myriad events and festivals.
51 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine
Mini Ponies at Snug Harbor Farms
Less than a 5-minute drive from the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, this greenery and garden shop is packed with surprises guaranteed induce a sense of wonder. But the miniature Shetland ponies grazing beneath whispy willow trees capture most of the shutter clicks. Ducks, chickens, and a pair of peacocks also inhabit this magical garden center.
Phone: 207-967-2414 Address: Route 9, Lower Village, Kennebunk