Go out to sea – there’s nothing more therapeutic than salty ocean air – charter a private boat cruise with Captain Bob of Rugosa Lobster Boat Tours, or with Captain Bruce aboard the fishing vessel Libreti Rose. Just you and you party and your Captain if you arrange for a private charter. As you cruise out of the Kennebunk River, out to sea, you’ll see Walkers Point- home of the Presidential Bush family, to Cape Porpoise where you’ll see Goat Island Light house, and the most picturesque fishing village. Your Rugosa Captain will pull a lobster trap, or help you learn to fish if you’re aboard Libreti Rose. Both these boats leave the docks at Nonantum Resort daily.
Sail Away – If you prefer a sailboat, a purist at heart, Pineapple Ketch is also docked at The Nonantum and you can charter a private day or sunset sail aboard this beautiful red sailed boat. Bring a beverage and snack, and enjoy a cocktail cruise in hand and the wind in your hair, magical!
Walk on the Wild Side – The Kennebunkport Conversation Trust offers 2,300 acres of protected land open for your pure enjoyment. Emmons Preserve has trails along the Batson River, perfect for a walk, hike, or bike and a picnic. Smith Preserve has 10 miles of trail circuit, and it’s a wonderful wildlife habitat.
Rent bikes – at Kennebunkport Bicycle – and ride around town, out Ocean Ave, or explore the Bridal Path or the Eastern Trail. Reach Kennebunkport Bicycle at 207-385-4382.
Paddles Up – Kayak with Kayak Excursion. You can arrange for a drop off location, to start your paddle excursion, the crew is happy to give you recommendations too. You can launch in Cape Porpoise and explore out to Stage Harbor and toward the 1834 Goat Island Light. The Grist Mill on Perkins Cove in Kennebunkport is another idyllic launch spot, where you can begin your canoe, kayak or SUP and explore the Kennebunk River, time it with the tides ot head up toward Picnic Rock beyond the Cape Arundel Golf Couse, all the way to Durrell’s Bridge during a near high tide, then as the tide turns you get a nice push back out the river.
Sand, surf, sun and fun – Kennebunks Beaches are naturally a well-spaced outdoor haven, all year long. Enjoy beach walks – especially long and invigorating is the start at Gooch’s Beach, also called Kennebunk Beach, and stroll the beach or the sidewalk promenade continuing on past the Narragansett building to Middle Beach and then all the way to Mother’s Beach and back.
Ding Ding goes the Trolley! Seashore Trolley Museum is a perfect for train buffs and trolley fans, and kids of all ages, ride on restored rail cars into the Maine countryside, train trips are narrated by conductors to add to the authenticity. The Trolley Museum has over 250 trains, trolleys, and transit vehicles that span the history of mass transportation. On Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport.
FORE! Play Mini Par 3 Golf at Hillcrest Golf or hit the driving range there with a bucket of balls.
Ratpor Falls on Route 1 is an outdoor mini-golf course that dinosaur fans will love!
A Spiritual Stroll to fuel your Soul … Walk the beautiful grounds of The Franciscan Monastery, this peaceful sanctuary is located off Beach Ave. Here you will find a labyrinth of walking paths that lead down to the shores of the Kennebunk River. Shrines, grottos and outdoor chapels dot the paths along your way at this very spiritual setting of 65 acres.
Stroll out Ocean Ave, along Parson’s Way, starting at Colony Beach, where you can parking, walk past the impressive St Ann’s Church and take a photo on these gorgeous seaside grounds, then proceed past Spouting Rock, and Blowing Cave to Walkers Point- home of former President George HW Bush #41 and his wife First lady Barbara, and President George W Bush #43, and the entire Bush clan. that summers at this mangificent peninsula.
Rainy day alternatives…
Vroom Vroom! Take the kids to Motorland’s Maine Classic Car Museum. The antique car showcase lot on Route 1 is home to a most impressive collection of classic and vintage autos! It’s a motorhead’s dream over 100 unique authentic antique cars and memorabilia inside. Even the kids will be impressed with the beautiful cars of yesteryear. 207-710-6699
Bowl! Go bowling at Garden Street Bowl in downtown Kennebunk. A classic bowling alley with a modern twist. Lane bowling, with delicious casual dining at Crotux on premise. Fun for everyone, with libation for the adults too! Reserve a lane and a table 207-636-7799
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