LOWER VILLAGE KENNEBUNK AND DOCK SQUARE KENNEBUNKPORT
KW Contemporary Art
La La Luna
Maine & Vine
PJ’s Unique Peek Boutique
Sea Love Candle Bar & Boutique
Tides & Pines Trading Co.
Batson River Brewing & Distilling
Mornings in Paris
Rococo Dessert Bar
Rosella Sushi KPT
Via Sophia by the Sea
OCEAN AVENUE KPT & CAPE PORPOISE
Cape Porpoise Kitchen
Casa Seventy Seven Osteria
The Lost Fire
Port Lobster Co.
Dannah for Men
MORE TO EXPLORE
Contrary to flatlander myth, The Kennebunks don’t roll up the sidewalks and take a long nap during the winter. In addition to events like February’s Paint the Town Red, many shops and restaurants remain open year-round, and our natural and historic resources make the Kennebunks a great place to visit any time.
Ocean Avenue Scenic Drive, Walk or Jog: Sights along the way include Colony Beach, St. Ann’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, Blowing Cave Park, the Stone House (aka the Dark Shadow’s House) and Walker’s Point. Lined with benches and sidewalk, bring your camera!
Kennebunk Beaches: Walk the wide, sandy crescent of Gooch’s Beach where surfers, seagulls and waves crash. Scour the nearby rocky beaches for seaglass, heart-shaped rocks, driftwood, and other ocean treasures. You can park along Beach Ave. and enjoy the sights from a warm car.
Cape Porpoise: Follow Route 9 to Cape Porpoise Pier. See the hustle and bustle of a working waterfront as the fishermen come and go with the daily catch. Off shore, the Goat Island Lighthouse keeps watch over this scenic harbor. Have your camera handy.
Kennebunkport’s Goose Rocks Beach: Three miles of continuous soft sand with a spectacular view of sunrise over the Atlantic. Do not miss!
DID YOU KNOW?
The Kennebunk River (which flows between Kennebunkport and Lower Village Kennebunk) is a tidal river. The water level and directional flow are caused by the tides. If you can see the river bed, it is low tide.
Kennebunk takes its name from the Abenaki translation of “long cut bank” referring to the region behind Kennebunk Beach known as Great Hill, at the mouth of the Mousam River.
Kennebunkport has had several names. Originally it was Cape Porpus in 1663, and a subject of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1717 it was known as Arundel in the District of Maine and remained a territory of Massachusetts. Maine received statehood in 1820, the same year the central portion of Arundel was renamed Kennebunkport.
The Kennebunks are one of the birthplaces of the shipbuilding industry in America. In 1755, the first vessel, a schooner, was launched from a wharf (now the site of the Franciscan Monastery). Soon the area of central Dock Square & Lower Village was bustling with shipbuilding commerce.