Kennebunkport, a picturesque coastal community in York County, Maine, is known nationally as the summer home of former President George H. W. Bush. With its splendid oceanfront properties, picturesque harbor, quaint shops, charming inns, and fine dining, Kennebunkport attracts those seeking the best of New England coastal living. Pristine neighborhoods featuring meticulously maintained waterfront homes abound.
Kennebunkport, Maine, as well as the Lower Village of Kennebunk is located between the Kennebunk River and the ocean. The Port, as the locals call it, is situated on the east side of the river and the Lower Village is on the west. Historical evidence indicates that Kennebunkport was founded not much later than the Plymouth Colony. In 1653, Kennebunkport was first incorporated as Cape "Porpus" and became subject to the government of Massachusetts. Entirely depopulated by Indian depredations in 1689, Kennebunkport was resettled early in the 1700's and renamed Arundel. This designation remained until 1821, when, having become a bustling port of entry for foreign trade, with a custom house, the town was given its present name of Kennebunkport.
Kennebunkport, Maine Things To Do
Kennebunkport Attractions: Kennebunkport's picturesque Dock Square provides visitors with shopping, dining, and galleries. Stroll by Walker's Point, home of former President George Bush. Take a narrated sightseeing tour aboard the Intown Trolley and learn of Kennebunkport's 300 year history, from the native Americans and early settlers, to the shipbuilding era, tourist and summer resorts, and the Presidential summer home.
Seafaring Adventures in Kennebunkport: Kennebunkport and Kennebunk are central to numerous boating and fishing opportunities. "Seas" the day aboard the Striper Swiper with Captain Greg Metcalf Charters. First Chance Whale Watch will cruise you 20 miles offshore to view whales, dolphins, and other Gulf of Maine marine life. Explore Maine's islands, estuaries, rocky coastline, and beautiful harbors with Harbor Adventures, offering kayaking and biking from York northward to The Kennebunks.
Pristine Kennebunkport Beaches: Maine has more than 5,000 miles of waterfront and Kennebunkport and Kennebunk are bordered by some of the most beautiful and accessible beaches on the Atlantic. Sunbathers, surfers and those who stroll the shore for seashells will enjoy all that unspoiled Goose Rocks beach has to offer.
Art Galleries in Kennebunkport: Artisans have flocked to the Maine Seacoast for centuries and some of the finest galleries in the Northeast are found in Kennebunkport. The work of painters, jewelers, potters, weavers, wood workers, boat builders and other crafters can be found at Kennebunkport's studios and galleries.
Walking Tours in Kennebunkport: The Kennebunkport Historical Society offers interesting and educational walking tours of Kennebunkport. The Historic Village Walking Tour and the Guided Nott House Tours are two wonderful opportunities to see this quintessential New England village. If you prefer a self-guided tour, pick up the Strolling Through the Port guide book at the Port of Call Gift Shop (8 Maine Street) and the Pasco Exhibit Center (125 North Street).
Kennebunkport's Seashore Trolley Museum: Ride by rail through the Maine countryside aboard one of the restored early 1900's electric streetcars. Witness the sights and sounds of an important bygone era in American transportation history. The Seashore Trolley Museum was founded in 1939, with one open trolley car, #31 from the Biddeford and Saco Railroad. Today, the collection contains over 250 transit vehicles, most of them trolleys, from all over the United States, Canada, and many other countries. The Museum houses the oldest, and largest, electric railway museum in the world.
Kennebunkport Dining: Savor a unique experience in The Kennebunks, where the accent is on flavor and quality. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner or dine "in the rough" at a casual seafood markets and lobster shacks. Don't forget to eat lobster. Nearly 40 million pounds of Maine lobster are harvested each year, and Kennebunk and Kennebunkport certainly provide some of the best. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport offer numerous dining options.
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Population: 3,720 (per 2000 census)
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