The heart of Kennebunkport, Dock Square, is full of the bustle and energy that draws people to the Kennebunks. From here you can take a whale watch cruise, browse through dozens of unique shops and experience the world-class cuisine for which the region has become known. The community boasts a quiet and quaint small New England town — a great community in which to reside, relocate or retire. A strong sense of community and volunteerism is the fabric of Kennebunkport.
Park on the street (be sure to obey the posted rules), in the for-pay municipal lot behind Alisson’s or at the free municipal lot on North Street next to the Village Fire Department and spend hours strolling, shopping, dining and taking in the magnificent views.
Walker’s Point, the summer home of President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara, is a world-renowned site. Walker’s Point has been visited by presidents, foreign heads of state and celebrities alike over the years. Drive, walk or bicycle down Ocean Ave, about two miles from Dock Square. Vehicles may only stop in the designated area; no stopping on the road is permitted. Though the house is not open to the public, you can stop briefly at the designated parking overlook to snap a quick picture. Stop and see Anchor to Windward, the town’s new overlook spot, a special tribute to “41” installed in 2009.
On Memorial Day, take in the pageantry of the parade (the George H.W. Bush family is often in attendance), join us throughout the beautiful and warm summer months, the crispness of the fall season and for the first two weekends in December, when Christmas Prelude lights up the town with events from tree lightings to parades to craft fairs galore. Just up Spring Street you’ll find the majestic White Columns, where in-season tours are offered that will give visitors a taste of life in the past. Around the corner on Maine Street, historic homes – several of them now inns – are worthy of a look as you stroll or drive past.
Not far from the Bush compound at Walker’s Point, just along Route 9, you’ll find the lovely village of Cape Porpoise. This authentic fishing village remains active to this day, with many lobstermen bringing in their catch here. Just across from the pier you’ll see Goat Island Light, a Kennebunkport Conservation Trust property currently being restored to its former glory. Cape Porpoise is home to lovely casual eateries, art galleries and shops, as well as to Atlantic Hall, where many different events take place. If you plan to visit, bring a camera, because Cape Porpoise is among the most picturesque spots in Maine.
During the holiday season, do not miss the Kennebunkport Business Association’s Christmas Prelude™, a ten-day nationally recognized holiday celebration.