DescriptionA popular summer resort, Kennebunkport has long been a favorite among artists and writers who have found both its history and quaint setting conducive to creativity. Novelist Kenneth Roberts, born in Kennebunk, used the Kennebunkport area as a setting for his “Chronicles of Arundel,” and author Booth Tarkington wrote at dockside in his schooner Regina. Many galleries and craft shops attest to Kennebunkport's continuing affinity with the arts.
Dock Square has restored structures housing boutiques and galleries. Parson's Way, a scenic public walkway, begins at Dock Square and continues past Walker's Point. Along the docks several boats offer chartered deep-sea fishing, sailing, whale-watching or lobstering excursions. Sightseeing cruises of the Kennebunk River and coastal islands also are available.
Beyond the village Ocean Avenue follows the rocky shore of Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise, a year-round fishing village. From Cape Porpoise pier it is possible to view the lighthouse on Goat Island. This scenic drive is lined with fine old mansions that are now restaurants or lodgings.
A waterspout, produced by water forced by the incoming tide through such formations as the spouting rock and the blowing cave, can be seen at Cape Arundel near Walker's Point—summer home of former President George H.W. Bush. Parking is not permitted along Ocean Avenue, but it is available at nearby Womby Beach. Farther “down east” via SR 9 is picturesque Goose Rocks Beach.
Self-guiding toursGuide books for a self-guiding walking tour of Kennebunkport are available at White Columns .
Things to SeeThe Kennebunkport Historical Society