The Southern Coast

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  • 1. Nubble Light

    Historic District/Site

    On a small island just off the tip of the cape jutting dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean between Long Sands Beach and Short Sands Beach,...Read More

  • 2. Brick Store Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The cornerstone of this block-long preservation of early-19th-century commercial and residential buildings is William Lord's Brick Store. Built...Read More

  • 3. Crescent Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Lined with summer homes, this sandy strand is busy in the summer, but the beach and the water are surprisingly clean, considering all the traffic...Read More

  • 4. Dock Square

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Clothing boutiques, T-shirt shops, art galleries, and restaurants line this bustling square, spreading out along the nearby streets and alleys...Read More

  • 5. Drakes Island Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Smaller and quieter than the other two beaches in Wells, Drakes Island Beach is also a little more natural, with rolling sand dunes and access...Read More

  • 6. First Families Kennebunkport Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Also known as White Columns, the imposing Greek Revival mansion with Doric columns is furnished with the belongings of four generations of the...Read More

  • 7. First Parish of Kennebunk Unitarian Universalist Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1773, just before the American Revolution, this stunning church is a marvel. The 1804 Asher Benjamin–style steeple stands proudly atop...Read More

  • 8. George Marshall Store Gallery

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The storefront windows and beadboard trim at the George Marshall Store Gallery (built in 1867) pay homage to its past as a general store, but...Read More

  • 9. Gooch's Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Kennebunk has three beaches, one after another, along Beach Avenue, which is lined with cottages and old Victorians. The most northerly, and...Read More

  • 10. Goose Rocks Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Three-mile-long Goose Rocks, a 10-minute drive north of town, has a good long stretch of smooth sand and plenty of shallow pools for exploring...Read More

  • 11. Kennebunk Plains

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    For an unusual experience, visit this 135-acre grasslands habitat that is home to several rare and endangered species. Locals call it Blueberry...Read More

  • 12. Museums of Old York

    Museum/Gallery

    Nine historic 18th- and 19th-century buildings, clustered on York Street and along Lindsay Road and the York River, highlight York's rich history...Read More

  • 13. Ocean Park

    Beach–Sight

    Ten miles east of Biddeford lies Ocean Park, a vacation community founded in 1881 by Free Will Baptist leaders as a summer assembly with both...Read More

  • 14. Perkins Cove

    Neighborhood/Street

    This neck of land off Shore Road in the lower part of Oqunquit village has a jumble of sea-weathered fish houses and buildings that were part...Read More

  • 15. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    At the headquarters of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, which has 11 divisions from Kittery to Cape Elizabeth, is the Carson Trail...Read More

  • 16. Sayward-Wheeler House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1718, the waterfront home was remodeled in the 1760s by Jonathan Sayward, a local merchant who had prospered in the West Indies trade...Read More

  • 17. Seashore Trolley Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Streetcars were built here from 1872 to 1972, including trolleys for major metropolitan areas—from Boston to Budapest, New York to Nagasaki...Read More

  • 18. Stonewall Kitchen

    Educational Institution

    You've probably seen the kitchen's smartly labeled jars of gourmet chutneys, jams, jellies, salsas, and sauces in specialty stores back home...Read More

  • 19. Wells Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The northern end of a 2-mile stretch of golden sand, Wells Beach is popular with families and surfers, who line up in the swells and preen on...Read More

  • 20. Wheels and Waves

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Rent bikes, surfboards, wet suits, boogie boards, kayaks, and all sorts of outdoor gear at Wheels and Waves. ...Read More

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