Visiting the charming harbor is one of the best things to do in Kennebunkport Maine

Start Planning Your Summer Trip to Kennebunkport, Maine

Select Registry - March 24, 2022

The Perfect Summer Escape!

Take in a sunrise on the coast, one of the best things to do in Kennebunkport Maine

With so many incredible things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine, is it any wonder this charming location is a top destination for summer getaways? Kennebunkport is best known for its amazing beaches, scenic lighthouse,s and, of course, lobster, clams, and other fresh, local seafood. 

Like many small, coastal towns in Maine, Kennebunkport is a historic fishing village turned seaside tourist destination. Notably, it’s also the location of the Bush family summer home. It’s a wonderful place to relax and unwind, with plenty of things to do in Kennebunkport for a wide swath of travelers. 

Though summer is the peak season for tourism to Kennebunkport and other coastal towns in Maine, they actually do make fabulous four-season destinations. That is especially true when you make a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast in Maine your home base throughout your travels. 

Whether you want to stay in one town, such as charming Kennebunkport, or you want to spend some time exploring more of the fantastic coastal towns in Maine, there’s plenty of Select Registry lodging for you to choose from.

There’s something magical about Maine’s coast in summer – isn’t it time you felt it for yourself? Choose from the best places to stay in Maine this summer and explore all of the exciting things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine, with us. 

fresh seafood on the beach - it's one of the most popular things to do in Kennebunkport Maine

Things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine

Though Kennebunkport presents itself as a sleepy yet charming coastal getaway on the surface, we assure you there are plenty of fun things to do in Kennebunkport. That includes soaking up the summer sun at local beaches, too!  

Whether you want a relaxing getaway or an adventure-filled destination, there is something here for everyone. As you get busy planning your summer trips, here are some of the top things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine, to keep in mind. 

  1. At the center of town, you’ll find Dock Square, which is filled with great shopping, restaurants, and more. Visiting this bustling center is one of the top things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine. 
  2. If a day at the beach is what you’re after, Kennebunkport won’t disappoint. The long and sandy Goose Rocks Beach is arguably the prettiest in Kennebunkport, but Colony Beach and others are pretty great, too. 
  3. Whale watching is another one of the most popular things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine, and there are a variety of tour operators located right here in town. 
  4. If you don’t want to go whale watching but still want to get on the water, consider taking a fishing or lobstering expedition for an unforgettable experience off the coast of Maine. There are also plenty of scenic sailing cruises in the waters around Kennebunkport. 
  5. Walk along Summer Street and admire the historic Sea Captain houses that line the street. There are also some great guided sightseeing tours worth taking in the town. 
  6. You can’t leave Kennebunkport without trying local seafood – especially a lobster roll and some fried clams. Top local restaurants include Striper’s, the Clam Shack, Alisson’s in the heart of Dock Square, and The White Barn in Kennebunk, which is New England’s only five-star, five-diamond restaurant.
  7. Explore the various art galleries and studios in Kennebunkport.
  8. Visit the Goat Island Lighthouse on nearby Cape Porpoise. 
visiting the lighthouse is one of the top things to do in Kennebunkport Maine

More Great Coastal Towns in Maine

While there are plenty of fun things to do in Kennebunkport in the summer, it’s not the only coastal town in Maine worth visiting. In fact, just to the south of our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in Kennebunkport are two more properties in the charming town of Ogunquit. 

Ogunquit is another one of the coastal towns in Maine that have transformed from a small fishing village to a bustling tourist destination. It is best known for Ogunquit Beach, a long, sandy peninsula with grassy dunes between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. Nearby, you’ll find a cliff walk with coastal views, benches, and a lighthouse, opening up on some of that classic coastal beauty Maine is known for. 

If you were to head north after exhausting the vast array of things to do in Kennebunkport, you’d eventually run into Booth Bay, another charming town worth exploring. It’s an exceptional boating and sailing destination known for exquisite fresh seafood, great beer and wine, stunning parks and beaches, beautiful lighthouses, and so much more. 

Continue still further north, and you’ll find even more quaint coastal towns in Maine like Rockland and Camden. Rockland and Camden are close to each other, and both quaint towns nestled on Maine’s Penobscot Bay, considered by many as one of the top cruising bays in the world. Aside from enjoying time on the water, the area is home to delightful beaches, the popular Camden Hills State Park, and 18 picturesque lighthouses in the vicinity. 

And finally, in the northern reaches of the state, you’ll find Bar Harbor, one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Maine and home to the famed Acadia National Park. It’s one of the most visited national parks in the country and a top draw to the area. As beautiful as it is, the town of Bar Harbor itself is worth visiting. Just as there are plenty of great things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine, there’s an exceptional variety of things to do in Bar Harbor, Maine!

Take your time exploring these charming coastal towns in Maine throughout the year this far – just make sure you make reservations for our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts along the way. Each is distinct in its offerings, but all conform to the Select Registry brand’s dedication to excellence. If you’re ready to explore the best coastal towns in Maine, book your room at a Maine Bed and Breakfast today

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfasts

The Inn at English Meadows

Located in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, just a half mile walk to Dock Square in Kennebunkport, the Inn at English Meadows is your ideal getaway for exploring the southern Maine coast.  The Inn’s luxurious lodging offers a combination of modern and historic style. 

Ocean beaches and rocky coastlines are within walking distance or short drive from the Inn. Shops, galleries and activities are also nearby including both fine and casual dining.  The Kennebunks’ central location, exactly 30 minutes from Portsmouth, NH to the south and Portland, ME to the north, makes it a perfect home-base for expanded exploration of the area’s historic lighthouses, arts, culture, and some phenomenal dining experiences. 

1802 House Bed and Breakfast

Discover 1802 House, a historic,  romantic and charming Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast. It is set amidst towering pines and landscaped gardens a short stroll from wonderful shops, restaurants and attractions on Dock Square. The house has been lovingly restored with modern amenities while maintaining many of the original colonial features and charm. Throughout you’re stay, we’ll ensure you enjoy your Kennebunkport experience to the fullest.

Whether it’s sitting in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate or spending a lazy afternoon on the porch rocking chairs enjoying the sunset over the golf course, this inn is perfect for all seasons. An acre of well-planted gardens, with several sitting areas, offer peace and solitude.

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