Rainy day fun
Rainy day and you’re not sure what to do? We’ve got you covered!
Shop till you drop! Our local shops are filled to the brim with cool souvenirs, gorgeous jewelry, beautiful clothing and more. Do a little early holiday shopping, or find that perfect momento of your trip to Maine.
Step back in time. You can do that by taking a tour at the First Families Museum at White Columns, full of beautiful period pieces and stories (and be sure to check out the Bush family collection while you’re there) in Kennebunkport, just a short stroll up the hill from Dock Square. You can also learn about the history of the area at the Brick Store Museum in downtown Kennebunk, featuring art, furniture and more. Take a trolley ride into the Maine woods – and back in time — at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, where trolleys from all eras are on display.
Sample your way through the day. Pop over to the KBC Shipyard Store under Federal Jack’s and take a tour of the Kennebunkport Brewing Company, and sample some of their specialty beers in their tasting room. Walk across the bridge to Ocean Avenue, where you’ll find Maine-ly Drizzle. There you can sample various gourmet olive oil and vinegar combinations until you find the right one for you. When you’re done, head around the corner to Rococo Artisan Ice Cream, where you can sample awesome flavors like Maine Whoopie Pie and Salty Sweet Cream, before picking your favorite to have a big ol’ bowlful.
Check out our famous food and chefs. Did you know that Clam Shack owner Steve Kingston’s lobster roll was named the winner three times at the Lobster Rumble? Or that the Kennebunk Inn’s Shanna O’Hea won Food Network’s “Rewrapped?” Or that Chef Rebecca Charles of the new restaurant Pearl owns the wildly popular Pearl Oyster Bar in NYC? You can find all these chefs and more, as well as acclaimed restaurants galore, here in the Kennebunks.
Knock down some pins. Now in Kennebunk, you can do just that – and grab a cocktail and a bite to eat – at the new Garden Street Bowl in Kennebunk.
Grab a show at Vinegar Hill, formerly the Arundel Barn Playhouse, which features musical acts throughout the summer and fall.
You can also catch a play at the historic Ogunquit Playhouse, down the road in Ogunquit, with Broadway-quality productions throughout the summer and fall.
Catch some quiet time at one of our two libraries – Kennebunk Free Library in downtown Kennebunk and the Louis T. Graves Library just up from Dock Square – where you’ll find books on local history, magazines and children’s programming and events.
Do a gallery tour. The Kennebunks abound with all types of art, from moveable sculptures to colorful kaleidoscopes to breathtaking paintings. Rainy days are the perfect time to do some browsing and maybe find that perfect piece of art to take home.
Embrace the rain! Sure, you could go catch a movie (there are theaters in Wells, Biddeford, Sanford and Saco), but why not throw on some rain gear and go for a walk? Believe it or not, the beach is still beautiful in the rain (and a lot emptier!), as are our village centers. Don’t feel like getting wet? Hop in the car and take the road less traveled. Go down to Cape Porpoise and look out toward Goat Island. Drive out to Arundel or West Kennebunk and take in some of the bucolic scenery. Whatever you do, don’t let a little rain spoil your time in Maine!