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Kennebunkport, Maine : Lunchtime Culinary Walking Tour

1. Kennebunkport, Maine : Lunchtime Culinary Walking Tour

Discover the area that has been home to those who make their living on the sea for centuries. Visit a popular destination for visitors who love history, beautiful beaches, and plentiful outdoor activities. Explore the culinary scene that In recent years is attracting visitors with nationally renowned chefs, gourmet catering companies, craft brewers, and award-winning food artisans. This tour takes a leisurely half-mile walk from Dock Square across the bridge into the lower village as you taste all along the way what it means to be from Maine.  You will visit with shop keepers and food artisans, taste chowders, lobsters, and more, all regionally sourced and created by local talent. A friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you to several venues to sip, taste, and learn about Maine’s culinary history and vibrant food scene. This experience actively works with gluten (not celiac), seafood, nut, and vegetarian dietary preferences and sensitivities to the best of our ability. Guests may pick and choose their participation for any further food issues.  While tours vary, your foodie experience may include, Satellite donuts, fresh lobster right off the boat, Maine clam or fish “Chowdah”, craft-brewed ales or fruit sodas, Maine honey wines, the original Maine whoopie pie, freshly roasted coffees with local roaster and macaroons, and a visit to a summer stand for ice cream.

Kennebunkport: Historic District Walking Tour

2. 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: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

3. 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.

From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Kennebunkport

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Date of tour: 8/18/21 Tour guide: Barbara Our experience was excellent! Barbara led our small tour group (4 people-all my immediate family) throughout Kennebunkport, providing factual information that was interesting and that closely aligned with the brochure. Barbara, a resident in the area 30+ years, was very interested in us and accommodated our requests and needs. She offered to take photos and gave recommendations for activities and restaurants. She answered many of our questions - most related to the tour, some just general - with ease and poise. Our tour lasted almost the entire 2 hours, and we covered a lot of ground! Barbara was very cognizant of road noise and often relocated our small group to a quieter area so that we could hear her. Our only recommendation would be to better clarify the meeting spot (no fault of Barbara’s) to reduce confusion, especially in a busy area with much traffic. We highly recommend this tour and Barbara! Don’t forget to tip your guide!

Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. It did not last as long as the description said it would, but I suppose they may estimate more time for stopping with questions or for photos or for walking more slowly. Our group was fit. We enjoyed all the facts and views provided. It was a nice way to start off our trip and get an idea of the history of the area we would be exploring all week. Worth the time and price is fair. We recommend this as a starting activity for your visit. Enjoy!

Cynthia was a fantastic guide providing historical facts about the towns as well as culinary insights. The food servings were very tasty and generous And located at just the right distances in between. Really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it!

The old houses were amazing to walk by. Our guide knew so many details of the owners of most of the properties.

Really nice to see something of the coast and the small towns. Driver was chatty and informative.