Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches

Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches Travel Guide

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 different story.

Home to more than 80 antique cars, this nonprofit museum appeals to auto enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Founded in 1946 by husband-and-wife team Glen and Judith Gould, the museum contains a wide variety of rare vehicles, including a number of vintage motorcycles.

This four-sailed schooner offers visitors the chance to take a ride on the wild side — of the Atlantic, that is. Cushioned cabin seating, a teak cockpit, and mahogany accents make for a comfortable sailing experience.

Come sunset, take a two-hour Atlantic excursion on the two-masted Pineapple Ketch, which sails daily from the Nonantum Resort.

Considered one of the most iconic images in Maine, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (widely known as the Nubble Lighthouse) sits on a rocky outcropping about 100 yards off Long Sands Beach.

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 letters spelling out its name.

A new design-forward boutique where you can buy supplies for a picnic at the beach—Sigg water bottles; plates, cups, and silverware cast by Scandinavian designer Joachim Nordwall; and a tote bag made of recycled boat sails to carry it all.

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

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 daily. Finbacks, humpbacks, and minkes are just a few of the whale breeds that passengers may hope to glimpse.

Stop by the honky-tonk arcades and eat fried dough at this community beach.

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.

A great place for a stroll, this quarter-mile stretch of Atlantic coastline bordering downtown York Beach is one of New England's top summertime destinations. Popular with vacationing families, Short Sands Beach combines scenic coastline views with easy access to York's amusements.

Located in southeast Maine, minutes from the New Hampshire border and just off the Maine Turnpike (i-95), this roadside stand on the Bluestar Memorial Highway is open from May 1 until the moment they sell out of Christmas trees (usually mid-Decmeber).