Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel are located in York Country, the southernmost county in the state of Maine. York County encompasses 1023.4 square miles in an area bordered on the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by New Hampshire, on the northeast by Cumberland County, Maine, and on the north by Oxford County.
The Kennebunks have easy access to major highways, rail lines, and airports. Nearby I-95 (the Maine Turnpike) links the area to Portland, Boston and New York City. Amtrak provides passenger rail service to Boston – 5 trips daily from nearby Wells. There are several small municipal airports nearby, and Portland International Jetport lies about 25 miles to the north of the Kennebunks.
Recreation & Culture
The Kennebunks are fortunate to have fine sandy beaches. Kennebunk residents need beach permits to park along Kennebunk beaches during the summer. Visitor passes are available at the town offices and the Chamber of Commerce during business hours. Permits are also required at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport and may be obtained at the Kennebunkport Police Station.
There are also many performing arts venues in the area and numerous museums and galleries, including the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk and the Kennebunkport Historical Society in Kennebunkport.
Residents of the Kennebunks have a wide variety of health care services available to them including health care professionals, home health services, and a nursing home.
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a nationally accredited, award-winning not-for-profit healthcare system offering a comprehensive array of medical care and services including: two full-service medical centers and emergency departments in Biddeford (10 minutes north of the Kennebunks) and in Sanford 20 minutes west of the Kennebunks); a multi-specialty physician services group, SMHC Physicians, comprised of more than 125 physicians providing comprehensive primary and specialty services; non-emergency Walk-In Care; Centers for Breast Care, Sleep Disorders and Wound and Ostomy Care; behavioral health; eldercare services and a wide range of diagnostic and rehabilitation services. SMHC has more than 20 offices located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro.
York Hospital in Wells provides urgent care and is located on Route 109 in Wells, Maine.
The towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel comprise Regional School Unit 21, six schools, attended by about 2,800 students.
- The New School (High School)
- Landing School of Boat Building & Design
- The School Around Us
- The Children's House (Infant/Kinder)
- University of New England
- University of Southern Maine
- York County Community College
The Kennebunks offer 21 places to worship at Protestant, Catholic, and Unitarian Universalist churches.
Town of Arundel: 985-4201. Wendy Lank
Arundel Transfer Station: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays
Town of Kennebunk: 985-2102. Karen Winton
Community Outreach Services: 604-0445
Kennebunk Cares Closet: Requests must come via firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Town of Kennebunkport: 967-4401. Judith Barrett
211: State of Maine information; referral general assistance; social services, food programs, fuel programs, holiday assistance
Food Pantry at St. Martha’s Church: 9 a.m. Fridays at St. Martha’s Church
Catholic Charities Maine: (800) 781-8550, offering one-time emergency $200 assistance
Maine Caring Unlimited: (800) 239-7298, offering domestic abuse assistance, 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, legal assistance
Southern Maine Agency on Aging: (800) 427-7411
Salvation Army: 774-4172
United Way: 985-3359
York County Community Action: (800) 965-5762