Welcome to Kennebunk & Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport is a world-famous vacation spot and one of the state’s most popular day-off destinations for Mainers. The Kennebunks are beach towns, but so much more—a place for foodies, shoppers, art lovers, history buffs and outdoorsy types.
1. In-Town Trolley Tours
This 45-minute narrated sightseeing tour is a great way to start exploring Kennebunkport (through Columbus Day weekend). Some of the points of interest along the way are the Bush Estate, the Franciscan Monastery and Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave. Adult tickets cost $16, and children are $6. Fares are good all day, so you can get off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Tours leave the Trolley Stop at 21 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour leaves at 3 p.m. (207–967–3686; intowntrolley.com)
2. Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s oldest and largest museum of its kind. From the omnibus to electric streetcars, buses, light rail vehicles and rapid transit cars, they’ve got them all. The museum is open weekends through October, with Sunday, Oct. 28 being Trolley-ween. The museum is at 195 Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport. (207–967–2712; trolleymuseum.org)
3. Parsons Way Trail
Parsons Way Trail in Kennebunkport is a 2-mile out-and-back loop that runs along Ocean Avenue. Highlights of the walk along the rocky coast of the Cape Arundel area include Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock, a natural blowhole that allows incoming waves to shoot up through the rock. It also affords dramatic views of the ocean and of Walker’s Point, summer home of the Bush family. Parsons Way is named after Henry Parsons, who gave the land the trail runs through to Kennebunkport to secure access for everyone to enjoy this spectacular location. Parking is available at various points along the trail and at public lots in Dock Square.
4. First Families Kennebunkport Museum
The First Families Kennebunkport Museum at White Columns, an 1853 Greek Revival home, offers exhibitions covering two centuries of Kennebunkport history, from sea captains to U.S. presidents. The season ends Columbus Day weekend. Guided tours leave on the hour starting at 10 a.m. and highlight the artifacts of and stories about sea captains and shipbuilders to Kennebunkport’s most famous summer resident, former President George H.W. Bush. The last tour of the day starts at 3 p.m. The museum is at 8 Maine St. in the heart of Kennebunkport Village. Admission is $10, free for kids under 12. (207-967-2751; kporthistory.org)
5. Coastal Kitchen Tour
Check out the latest design trends in kitchens, touring coastal homes newly built or renovated by the area’s top designers. The event is Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaving from The Center, 175 Port Road, Kennebunk. Tickets are $35, available online. (seniorcenterkennebunk.org)
6. ‘Imagine,’ A Beatles Tribute by Joe Boucher
Throughout the 1970s and into the ’80s John, Paul, George and Ringo each continued to write and record countless iconic songs keeping them front and center in the eyes and ears of the world. “Imagine,” a Beatles Tribute by Joe Boucher, brings together the solo hits of the individual Beatles as they might have sounded had they continued together and if their legendary producer George Martin would have crafted these songs along with them. The show is Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel. (207–985–5552; vinegarhillmusictheatre.com/performances)
7. Pumpkin Valley Farm
Pick your own pumpkins and more at the Pumpkin Valley Farm, 100 Union Falls Road in Dayton. Admission ($9 per person) includes the 6-acre corn maze, jumping pillow, two shots on the corn launcher, one ride for children 12 and under on the cow train, play areas, farm animals, face painting and a hayride to pick a pumpkin. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 28. (and on Columbus Day). (207–929–4088; pumpkinvalleyfarm.com)
8. Wicked 5K
Join the runners and walkers as they dress in fun and spooky costumes and travel through a challenging course along beautiful Kennebunkport roads Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. The race begins and ends at Nonantum Resort, where a hardy, carb-filled pancake breakfast will be provided for 5K participants after the race (and spectators can join in on breakfast for $10). There’s also a 1K run for kids at 10:15 a.m. Registration for the 5K is $25 in advance or $29 race day; $5 for the kids’ 1K. The Nonantum is at 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. (wicked5k.weebly.com)
9. All Souls’ Walk
Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum is hosting All Souls’ Walks through Hope Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 27, with tours departing the museum continuously between noon and 3 p.m. Costumed interpreters will lead the narrated walk to visit graves and hear the fascinating and sometimes tragic tales of Kennebunk residents over the past three centuries. The tour lasts about an hour and isn’t too spooky; it’s appropriate for the whole family. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family. Reservations aren’t necessary unless you have a large group. The Brick Store Museum is at 117 Main St., Kennebunk. (brickstoremuseum.org)
10. Trick or Treat in the Kennebunks
Trick-or-treaters are invited to visit local businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel between 4 and 6 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, with participating businesses being marked with orange pumpkin balloons. The Chamber of Commerce is organizing the efforts and has a list of participating businesses at gokennebunks.com.