Dock Square

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Dock Square

Savor a fresh lobster roll, shop at numerous art galleries and dine next to the river in the central hub of Kennebunkport.

To best appreciate the ambiance of Kennebunkport, visit Dock Square, an eclectic collection of historic fishing shacks that now house inviting art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. The renovated shacks sit on wharves that jut out over the Kennebunk River. Try to envision the bustling wharf in the 1800s, when it operated as a busy shipbuilding port. You’ll see evidence of the fine mansions built by sea captains; many of these are now stately inns.

Dock Square is known for its fresh seafood offerings, from fried clams to lobster rolls. Dine with a river view from the bridge at the small Clam Shack, which has been featured in numerous national reviews. At Alisson’s Restaurant, a Dock Square staple since 1973, find excellent service in a pub-style setting. The huge menu features seafood favorites, from the classic steamed Maine lobster to mahi mahi tacos. Ask for a table on the second floor for the best vantage point on Dock Square below.

Shoppers love Dock Square for its numerous shops selling everything from saltwater taffy and fudge to locally made pottery and souvenirs. Find boutiques selling handcrafted Maine gifts, jewelry and clothing, as well as bookstores, antiques shops and wine boutiques. Abacus Gallery is a favorite for homemade crafts and unique jewelry. Pick up olive oil and flavored balsamic vinegars at Maine-ly Drizzle.

Spend hours perusing the many art galleries that dot Dock Square. Purchase a print of an iconic Maine lobster dory from the True North Gallery. Look for one-of-a-kind light fixtures, yarn bracelets, photographs and sculptures at this and other shops.

Walk over the bridge to Kennebunk’s Lower Village, which has additional restaurants, shops and galleries. There’s a bit more green space here and you may find items for sale to be more affordable than in its more upper-crust neighbor.

Visit Dock Square during summer, when all shops and restaurants are open and the weather is pleasantly warm. Some shops stay open during the winter. Pay to park behind Alisson’s Restaurant, with the first half-hour of parking free. Parking in off-peak seasons is also free.

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The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
3 out of 5
21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $149 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is steps from W. Robert Paine Gallery, Dock Square, and Kennebunkport Harbor. Mast Cove Galleries and First Families Kennebunkport ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (197 reviews)
"Hotel was fantastic! Highly recommend staying there!"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
4.5 out of 5
6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, ME
Fully refundable
The price is $239 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Walker's Point and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Mother's Beach. Kennebunk Free Library and Ogunquit ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (143 reviews)
"Wonderful property!! Great location! Loved our stay!"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Kennebunkport Captains Collection
Kennebunkport Inn
Kennebunkport Inn
3 out of 5
One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $149 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in the heart of Kennebunkport, this hotel is steps from Dock Square, First Families Kennebunkport Museum, and Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport Harbor ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (373 reviews)
"Beautiful, quaint Inn with perfect location and friendly staff! Standard rooms are small but very clean, stylish, and comfortable. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Kennebunkport Inn
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Kings Port Inn
Kings Port Inn
2.5 out of 5
18 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME
The price is $94 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
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The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
3 out of 5
21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $149 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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Kennebunkport Captains Collection
4.5 out of 5
6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $239 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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Kennebunkport Inn
3 out of 5
One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $149 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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The Colony Hotel
The Colony Hotel
3 out of 5
140 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $249 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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Nonantum Resort
Nonantum Resort
3.5 out of 5
95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $130 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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AWOL Kennebunkport
AWOL Kennebunkport
2.5 out of 5
34 Maine St, Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $259 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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White Barn Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection
White Barn Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection
5 out of 5
37 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, ME
The price is $579 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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Chetwynd House Inn
Chetwynd House Inn
2.5 out of 5
4 Chestnut St, Kennebunkport, ME
Chetwynd House Inn
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