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Boating In Kennebunkport, Maine

The Place To Be Even if You Aren't a Bush

Perhaps best known as the summer retreat of the Bush family, the town of Kennebunkport and neighboring Kennebunk are located on the Kennebunk River, some 30 miles north of Portsmouth and nearly the same distance south of Portland.

The river mouth is flanked by a pair of stone jetties, and caution should be used on the outgoing tide, especially when the current opposes an easterly wind. Mean low water depth in the channel is around 6 feet. Some 500 feet north of the river mouth, on the east bank, is a small public dock for temporary tie-ups. This dock provides access to several shops and a few restaurants south of downtown; however, there are no public bathroom or shower facilities.

Continuing north past daymarker “R12” and approaching buoy RN “12A,” you’ll notice the manicured lawn and buildings of the Nonantum Resort, which offers moorings and a dinghy dock for its boating guests. The family-friendly resort is also home to an acclaimed restaurant, 95 Ocean.

For a fascinating and entertaining tour of the surrounding area, hop aboard the Intown Trolley for a look at Kennebunkport’s interesting historic sites, including Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church, the Colony Hotel, various ship captain’s homes, the Customs House, the St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery, Gooch’s Beach and, of course, the Bush estate.

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Schooner Eleanor Sailing Cruises
Take the two hour sailing cruise along the historic and scenic Kennebunk River aboard Schooner Eleanor. Learn some local maritime history, help work the sails, or listen to guide Captain Rich Woodman, who has been sailing his traditional schooner for over 25 years.
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Walker's Point at the Bush Compound
Walker's Point in Kennebunkport is the the location of the famous Bush Compound. The property has been a Bush family retreat for more than a century complete with nine bedrooms and meticulous landscape.
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Coastal Maine Kayak
Coastal Maine Kayak offers three hour guided tours to the nearby Cape Porpoise Lighthouse, and Kennebunk River. The only outfitter in town with genuine licensed Maine guides.
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Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge protects valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. The refuge is located along 50 miles of coastline and was established by Rachel Carson, world-renowned marine biologist, author and environmentalist.
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95 Ocean
95 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME 04046
(207) 967-4050
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Federal Jack's
8 Western Avenue Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 967-4322
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The Clam Shack
2 Western Avenue Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 967-3321
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Maine Boatbuilders' Show
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