Top 10 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport in the Summer

If you’re planning a trip to Kennebunkport this summer, you will not want to miss out on all of the wonderful things to do in Maine! While there is a plethora of outdoor activities, restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries, and more, we thought it would be helpful to share our top ten Maine attractions. Keep reading to find out what they are and why you should add them to your summer bucket list!

1. Rugosa Lobster Tours

New England Lobster Boat Tour: Men with blue gloves handling fresh lobsters on boat

Love lobster and boating? Then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to set sail on one of the top-rated boat attractions in Kennebunkport. From the moment you set foot aboard the Rugosa East-style lobster boat, Captain Bob ensures each guest is taken care of and is ready for an adventure. This fun-filled 1-1.5-hour trip shows off the beauty of the Kennebunk River and the gorgeous Maine coastline, along with providing education and hands-on experience for catching lobster. Sit back, relax, and roll up your sleeves for an unforgettable New England lobster boat tour!

2. Ocean Ave and Walker’s Point

View of the Maine coast line with rock barriers

If you’re a fan of taking scenic drives and seeing some historical aspects of our beautiful town, then Ocean Ave is perfect for you! As you find your way down the coast, you will be engulfed by picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean, rocky beaches, and lavish homes. Along the way, you will pass Walker’s Point, which is the summer residence of former President George Bush and the Bush family. If you are more active and are looking to slow down the pace of your scenic journey, you can also bike this wonderful avenue.

3. The Kennebunkport Beach Walk

Couples watching on beach shore at sunset

Set the stage for a relaxing summer vacation by taking a leisurely Kennebunkport beach walk. While there are numerous beaches for our guests to lounge on and enjoy, we recommend gearing up for the 1.5-mile beach walk, which allows visitors to soak up some sun and see multiple beaches along the way. If you choose this option, we suggest starting at Lord’s Point or Mother’s beach, then working your way to Middle Beach, Gooch’s Beach, and following the sidewalk stretch along Beach Avenue. This option is great for couples looking to watch the sunset or for early risers looking to beat the heat.

4. Kayak or Boat

View of sailing boat deck and mast

Anyone who has been to Maine knows one of the best ways to celebrate summer is by renting a kayak and cruising down the river or renting a boat to explore the great deep blue. Coastal Maine Kayak and Bikes provides guided tours for beginners or for the more advanced visitors, classic kayak rentals. Guests can also enjoy a full day on the water by renting a boat or taking a sailing cruise with Captain Rich from Schooner Eleanor.

5. Bike

Couple riding bikes on the beach in Maine

There is no better way to experience Kennebunkport by land, then by bike. If you’re interested in this activity our Maine Coast bed and breakfast is conveniently located on the Eastern Trail, making it a breeze to grab your bike and explore the land. Outside of longer stretches from Kennebunkport to Biddeford, there are also a variety of intermediate and beginner bike loops, including Play Hills Trail and Clifford Park.

6. Golf

woman on golf course happy/cheering

Get out your clubs and hit some green on the Cape Arundel Golf Club course during your east coast getaway. Although there are several golf courses in the area, guests will love this Walter Travis designed greenery comprised of rolling hills, tidal creeks, and stunning views of the Kennebunkport shores. They are located adjacent to the 15th fairway. As an insider tip, this miraculous course was also the top choice for the Bush family while they resided in Kennebunkport. Don’t just take our word for it, grab your clubs and head to the greens during your summer vacation.

7. Maine Beer Trail

Group of friends cheering beers

Attention all beer connoisseurs, we know of the finest beer attraction in the state: The Maine Beer Trail! With an abundant amount of breweries in the area, beer lovers can plan their route or take the beer trail challenge to truly experience the best of the best brews in all of Maine. No matter what your beverage tastes are, you will find something rare and tasty along the way.

8. Antique Trail

Collection of antiques on a table

Are you an avid antiquer looking for something exclusive and special to bring back from your delightful Maine getaway? Then you have to stroll through “antique alley”, also known as The Antique Trail, located on Route 1. This pleasant place is filled with tons of quirky vintage shops and markets to satisfy even the most ardent collector.

9. Eat Lobster Rolls

Lobster roll, beer, lemon on a table

You cannot come to Kennebunkport without eating a famous and tasty lobster roll! Luckily there is no shortage of locations to choose from. Some of our favorite spots include Mabel’s Lobster Claw to Nunan’s Lobster Hut, which both seem to be guest favorites as well! Trust us when we say to put this at the very top of your summer bucket list!

10. Seashore Trolley Museum

Trolley on a track

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend stopping by the Seashore Trolley Museum, the largest and oldest museum of mass transit. Founded in 1939, they offer a collection of more than 200 trolleys, buses, and subway cars from around the world to view and learn about. You don’t have to be a transportation expert to soak up the historic aspect of old-century mobility.

So, now that we have shared our favorite Kennebunkport things to do this summer, it’s time for you to get out there, explore, and experience. We’d love to hear all about your adventures when you stay with us! Make sure to book your dream room for your Maine getaway to ensure you have a cozy and relaxing place to stay after your adventurous days!

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