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From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

1. From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

Discover Maine’s southern coast on this day trip from Boston and See highlights including York, Kennebunkport, Nubble Light, and the Bush Compound. Soak up stunning sea views and learn about local history and culture. The day begins with pickup from your downtown hotel in Boston and heads towards York, Maine. Upon arrival, stop at the impressive Cape Neddick Light Station, which dates back to 1879. Learn about this iconic landmark and hear how it got its nickname, Nubble Light. From there travel to the town of Ogunquit and enjoy a stroll along Marginal Way. Soak up stunning coastal views and see the Atlantic Ocean beat against the cliffs. End the walk at Perkins Cove, where you can enjoy free time to shop or purchase a ticket for the Lobster Boat Cruise. Arrive at Kennebunkport next and spend a few hours exploring, shopping, and grabbing some lunch. You’ll also enjoy a trolley tour, narrated by a local, and see the impressive Bush Family Compound at Walker’s Point. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to Boston.

Kennebunkport: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

2. Kennebunkport: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Step into the quiet neighborhoods of the first residents during this 2-hour guided walking tour through the historic district of Kennebunkport, Maine. Learn from your local guide about the interesting history of the town as well as amusing anecdotes from the days of being a flourishing shipbuilding town. The tour begins at the Dock Square and will immediately take you back in time to the thriving shipbuilding days of Kennebunkport, Maine. Stroll along Maine Street and weave your way through side streets, seeing the homes of the shipbuilders and merchants of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Your expert guide will tell you the fascinating history, fun stories, and interesting facts of the area. Learn how “Poor Arundel” as it was known in 1743, become one of the wealthiest towns in Maine by 1810 and what happened at the Customs House during the shipbuilding era in the 1800s.  The tour ends back at Union Square, bringing you full circle. A local treat will be provided to sweeten the rest of your day in Kennebunkport.

Kennebunkport: Cape Porpoise Half-Day Kayak/SUP Rental

3. Kennebunkport: Cape Porpoise Half-Day Kayak/SUP Rental

Go on an exciting adventure in Cape Porpoise. Get your crew together and experience some of the best views Maine has to offer for 3 hours. Cruise through the picturesque waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery, all while soaking in the sun and exploring the variety of wildlife in the area. Have a half-day adventure in Cape Porpoise, the quintessential Maine harbor and a great launch site to start your kayaking excursion. Paddle out to Goat Island to tour its famous lighthouse, explore the picturesque landscaping of Turbats Creek, observe all the incredible animals who thrive in its waters, and so much more. Enjoy a perfect tour for outdoor adventurers of various skill levels and take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying fresh air and sunshine.

Kennebunkport: Historic District Walking Tour

4. Kennebunkport: Historic District Walking Tour

Visit a traditional New England town and get transported back to the 18th century on a lovely leisure walk. Join a local expert on a guided stroll through the historic district to learn about the traditional homes and the many public and private gardens. Take in the quaint facades of sea captains' homes dating back to 1798 while your guide shares stories of the former residents of Kennebunkport. View the public gardens maintained by the Seacoast Garden Club as well as private gardens and hardscapes meticulously cared for by their owners. Hear stories of the past and present gardens while discussing all kinds of botanicals, shrubs, trees, and flowers. End your walk with a visit to 'Ganny's Garden', fashioned after a needlepoint carpet and dedicated to the late First Lady Barbara Bush.

Kennebunkport: Ghost Tour with Folklore, Gossip & Scandals

5. Kennebunkport: Ghost Tour with Folklore, Gossip & Scandals

Welcome to Ghosts, Gossip and Scandals Tour of Kennebunkport, Maine, where history and hauntings intertwine! As the moon casts an ethereal glow, your local guide will lead you through the heart of Kennebunkport’s historic district. You will be captivated by the enthralling tales of long-lost souls, tragic events, and supernatural encounters that have left an indelible mark on this town, along with a lot of humorous anecdotes of town characters, like the first “Miss Dumpy” of 1960 and the tales of a longtime crossing guard who left her mark. Step back in time as you pass by centuries-old buildings, once home to sea captains and prominent figures whose spirits may linger in their former abodes. Listen carefully as we share lots of stories about the town coffin maker, notable figures and their tragic struggles back in 1812, the “rustling lady” known to scare guests, a captain’s widow making her presence known, and more. Uncover the mysteries surrounding Kennebunkport’s haunted landmarks, such as the haunted inn where guests have reported inexplicable occurrences and spectral encounters. Pay homage to the dearly departed and reflect upon the town’s hauntingly beautiful past while learning where the town basement speakeasies used to host largely illegal parties. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, this immersive tour promises an unforgettable experience, combining history, folklore, and a touch of otherworldly mystery. Join us on the Ghost Tour of Kennebunkport and venture into the realm of the unknown. But beware, for the spirits of the past may just cross your path when you least expect it.

Kennebunkport: Private Scavenger Hunts

6. Kennebunkport: Private Scavenger Hunts

Gather your friends, family, colleagues, and kids, we’ve got an adventure in store for you. Feeling competitive? Divide into multiple teams and race against the clock to be crowned the winner. Or unite as one team to beat our leaderboard - the choice is yours! Select a game in your chosen city and we’ll add up to three personalized challenges as per your request. All you need is a charged smartphone with a camera, GPS, and internet access. Mind-boggling missions and creative clues will guide you through the city, taking you on a tour of hidden gems and bucket list locations. Online scavenger hunts are the ultimate team builder. Show off your artistic, communication and problem-solving skills with unlimited opportunities to break the ice. Your host will cheer you on as you go, awarding plenty of points before the highest scorers win.

Boston: Kennebunkport Day Trip with Optional Lobster Tour

7. Boston: Kennebunkport Day Trip with Optional Lobster Tour

Admire both the New England Coast and the state of Maine on this semi-private, fully-narrated day trip from Boston. Start with a prearranged pickup from your hotel. Once aboard, begin your journey to Kennebunkport, Maine. Make some photo stops at some scenic locations along the coast of New England, including a 1-hour stop in the historical town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. Once in Kennebunkport, enjoy some time to explore this popular summer vacation retreat and do some shopping.  Add a lobster tour to your day trip to enjoy a quick visit to Walkers Point where former President Bush has a summer vacation home. After spending the day cherishing Maine’s coastal culture, sit back and relax on the ride back to your Boston hotel.

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What people are saying about Kennebunkport

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 reviews

The tour was amazing! Walking tour was especially fun in the evening. Ghost stories were entertaining and spooky. We were able to go inside some of the homes and view spots that were haunted. Highly recommend this tour for the history, architecture and the tour guide who was awesome.

We really enjoyed this beautiful part of the USA - the scenery was fantastic and we had plenty of time to see all the sights. The trolley tour in Kennebunkport was really wonderful and the driver was very entertaining. This was one of my favourite tours

The ride up was fun the driver Coach was entertaining and informative. The stops were great. The trolley in Kennebunkport was alot of fun as well Ed the trolley driver was fun and informative as well. oversell very nice trip well worth it.

The tour was interesting and informative. Our guide, Barbara, was wonderful - very knowledgeable with a relaxed, conversational presentation that invited questions and comments.

Lucia made it fun and capturing details of the area. We loved it so much!!