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Things to do in Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches.

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  • Brown's Ice Cream

    Just half a mile north of the Nubble Lighthouse, Brown’s Ice Cream is a popular spot to cool off after a day of sightseeing. The small takeaway sta... More
  • Buffum Hill Farm

  • Congdon's

    This family-owned bakery and diner is beloved for its doughnuts, which come in unusual flavors like butter crunch, maple crème, and powdered chocol... More
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    Daytrip Society

    The brainchild of former NYC music industry execs and born-again Mainers Jessica Jenkins and Andy West, this smart three-story shop on Dock Square ... More
  • Finestkind Scenic Cruises

    Finestkind Cruises has three diesel-engine vessels making as many as 15 trips a day along the Ogunquit shore of Coastal Maine. The boats—named Fine... More
  • Fort Foster

    The land of this 88-acre park was purchased by the federal government in 1872, eventually becoming a defense outpost for the Naval Shipyard in resp... More
  • Fun-O-Rama

    Harkening back to the early 1970’s, this old-fashioned arcade sits directly on Short Sands Beach in a white, corrugated metal building with big red... More
  • Marginal Way

    Visitors to Ogunquit walk off their lobster roll consumption along the cliffs of Marginal Way, a paved path that wraps around rocky shores, along t... More
  • Nick's Chance

    Guests can experience a beloved New England tradition aboard Nick's Chance, a state-of-the-art whale-watching vessel that sails the Gulf of Maine d... More
  • Nubble Lighthouse

    Considered one of the most iconic images in Maine, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (widely known as the Nubble Lighthouse) sits on a rocky outcropping ... More
  • Ogunquit Playhouse

    Broadway veteran Walter Hartwig and wife Maude debuted their repertory theatre in 1937, and “America’s foremost summer theatre” continues to endure... More
  • Pallian & Company

    It’s easy to miss this nondescript gift and home and garden goods store on one of the busiest stretches of U.S. Route 1; inside, however, is a diff... More
  • R. Jorgensen Antiques

    Some of the finest antiques for sale in the state of Maine emerge from this wisteria-covered 1685 mill house emporium, founded by Bob and Becky Jor... More
  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

    Encompassing over 5,000 acres of salt marshes filled with migratory birds, maritime forests, and coastal dunes, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife... More
  • Seashore Trolley Museum

    Ted Santarelli, John Amlaw, and Gerald Cunningham founded this museum in 1939 to celebrate the region’s rail-riding tradition. The non-profit New E... More

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