Europeans settled in Kennebunk, then a part of the town of Wells, in the early 1600s. Kennebunk became an independent entity in 1820, the same year Maine separated from Massachusetts. Today, the Kennebunks (Kennebunk and Kennebunkport) are one of the primary tourist destinations on the Maine coast, offering unique charms in every season of the year, including: beautiful coastal vistas; historic walking tours; the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge immediately south of The Inn; Douglas N. Harding books, maps and prints for serious collectors; DeLorme Map Store; Portland Museum of Art; antiquing; galleries, and shopping at the premium outlets of Kittery and Freeport, featuring L.L. Bean, J.L. Combs, Crate & Barrel, the GAP, Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Tumi, Bose, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, and many, many more name brand outlets.
Warm Weather Months
Deep sea fishing, whale watch charters, sea kayak instruction, schooner sailing, canoeing, motor boat and wave runner rentals, para-sailing, lobster boat cruises, and even haunted sea tours. Golf courses (stay alert for presidential sightings), tennis courts, scenic biking and rollerblading routes, local road races, and horseback riding. Two amusement parks located in neighboring towns, miniature golf courses, and the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double A minor league team of the Boston Red Sox. For more things to do during the warm weather months, please visit our “Things to Do in Kennebunk, Maine” page.
Colder Weather Months
Cross country skiing trails on the Bridal Path, at Harris Farm and Laudholm farms, and nearby Alpine skiing at Shawnee Peak, Lost Valley, Sunday River, and Mt. Abram’s Ski Center. Indoor and outdoor skating and the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates. Looking for more things to do during the cold weather months? Check out our “Things to Do in the Kennebunk Area” page.