Things to Do in Kennebunkport: A Day Looking Through My Camera Lens

Spirit of Massachusetts in Kennebunkport

Did you know that Maine has 67 lighthouses and 3,478 miles of coastline, more than California? With its tranquil, peaceful beaches and historic fishing villages, it is no wonder that Kennebunkport, Maine, is a seaside tourist destination when warm weather returns. I visited Kennebunkport in the fall and couldn’t believe how picturesque the town is. My mom and I were on a fall trip through New England, which was one of our stops. Although this time, we split up and went exploring in different directions. Here is a list of things to do in Kennebunkport, along with all the cool photos I captured of this lovely town.

Spirit of Massachusetts in Kennebunkport
Panoramic view of Maine
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Dock Square

Dock Square in Kennebunkport

Dock Square is the epi-center of Kennebunkport where you can find boutique and souvenir shops, schooner activities, seafood restaurants, art galleries, and bed and breakfast inns. I had a blast walking around, browsing through the windows, and even picking up my own lobster tchotchkes. The stores are in historically preserved buildings that are wonderful to photograph.

Store in Kennebunkport

The Marina

Harbor in Kennebunkport

The marina in Kennebunkport is a mile from the mouth of the Kennebunkport River on the Atlantic Ocean. This is a hub of activity all day long, and it was interesting to see the different types of boats that go in and out of this marina. Plus, it was fascinating to watch the tide go in and out during the day I was visiting Kennebunkport.

Low tide on the Kennebunkport River

Places to Eat in Kennebunkport

The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport

There are plenty of choices to eat in Kennebunkport, and one of the most popular places is the Clam Shack. You can always expect a long line, so your best bet is to go right when they open. Then you can try the lobster roll, among other tasty delicacies. When you’re in Maine, you have to have lobster, and my mom and I had a hilarious time at our lobster dinner at Foster’s Clambake. Check out this poster on how to wat a lobster the correct way.

How to eat a Lobster

Now, what did I do for lunch? I walked over the Lanigan Bridge and checked out the non-touristy portion of Kennebunkport. This is where I met up with a couple of people that were on the tour with my mom and me and ate lunch at Atlantic Pizza. Yep, I’m in seafood central, and I’m eating pizza. I’m weird that way. Sometimes when I’m traveling, I like to find something that reminds me of home, and pizza always does the trick.

Atlantic Pizza

Whimsy Art Sculptures

Whimsical Wind Chimes in Kennebunkport

On my exploration of Kennebunkport, I came upon this lovely art gallery. The entire lawn in front and on the side of the building was filled with whimsical wind chimes. It was magical to stand next to these art sculptures in motion and listen to the beautiful music they played. Heavenly! Do these look familiar to anyone? Think of the movie Twister.

Kennebunkport in Photos

I wish I had more time to have explored Kennebunkport further. There was so much to see, and I only captured a small bit of how beautiful and photogenic this town is. This is just a snapshot of Kennebunkport in the fall. Let me know what you think of the photos in the comments below.

Bush Compound at Walker’s Point

Bush Compound in Kennebunkport

After leaving Kennebunkport, we drove right past Walker’s Point. This is where the Bush Compound is located. This was where the Bush’s came during the summer, and it was called the Summer White House when President George H. W. Bush visited. Caution: Do not stop anywhere near it as Secret Service will be on you so quick. We just did a drive-by as that is all you are allowed to do.

The rocky coastline in Kennebunkport

Nubble Lighthouse

Nubble Lighthouse

Less than an hour away from Kennebunkport is the Nubble Lighthouse. The Cape Neddick Light has been in service since 1879 and still works today. This is the first lighthouse you come across as you drive into Maine. There is a free parking lot that will get you close to the lighthouse that sits on its own island. It is quite peaceful, although a bit windy, to sit on the rocks and watch the waves batter the lighthouse island.

Places to Stay in Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport Inn

If you plan on coming up to Kennebunkport for a day or two, then check out the deals you can get below. Kennebunkport is only an hour and a half from Boston and a half-hour from Portland, making it the perfect summer getaway. One of the lovely places that I came across is the Kennebunkport Inn. This is a place that I would love to stay in one day.


The Coastline of Kennebunkport in the Fall

My first trip to Maine was an adventure, and I loved every minute that I was there. It was so scenic, and being so close to the water is something that I enjoy on all my travels. I was able to capture a small portion of how I saw Kennebunkport with my camera, and I hope you enjoyed it. Have you visited this tiny town with famous neighbors?

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  • Becky 29May2021 at 6:22 PM Reply

    Found this treasure of a town several years ago and come back every year. I stay at Cape Arundel Inn which is near Walker’s Point. Best in town
    I was in Kennebunkport in April and am coming back in December to see town decorated for holidays.

    • Heather 30May2021 at 9:44 AM Reply

      I haven’t heard of Cape Arundel, I’ll have to check it out.

  • Brian O'Donnell 1March2021 at 12:06 PM Reply

    What a shame to leave out the Pilot House. Within 30 yards of the clam shack. The locals love the Pilot House because of fresh seafood and an eclectic menu and an ambience that will make you wish it was a place in your neighborhood. Just an outstanding restaurant and tavern.

    • Heather 1March2021 at 6:36 PM Reply

      I didn’t know about it. I was only in the town for a short time. Thank you, Brian, for the information. I’ll be sure to check it out the next time I’m there!

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