Dock Square

Dock Square
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Dock Square

Kennebunkport Inn
Kennebunkport Inn
3 out of 5
One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
The price is $129 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$129
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (430 reviews)
"We enjoyed our one-night stay!"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Kennebunkport Inn
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
3 out of 5
21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
The price is $149 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$149
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (232 reviews)
Excellent service and location
"We had an amazing stay at the Boathouse. We stayed in a harbor queen room and found it to be clean and comfortable. From the moment of our arrival to our departure the staff were attentive, courteous and cheerful. I would highly recommend a stay here."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
4.5 out of 5
6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
The price is $205 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$205
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (225 reviews)
"I was very pleased with our accommodations at the Captains Collection. We stayed in room 1 in the William Jefferds house. Nice room. The staff are welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed our stay so much, we will be going back!"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Kennebunkport Captains Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Kennebunkport Inn
Kennebunkport Inn
3 out of 5
One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
Kennebunkport Inn
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
3 out of 5
21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Marina
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
4.5 out of 5
6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
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AWOL Kennebunkport
AWOL Kennebunkport
2.5 out of 5
34 Maine St, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
AWOL Kennebunkport
Kings Port Inn
Kings Port Inn
2.5 out of 5
18 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME, 04043
Kings Port Inn
Nonantum Resort
Nonantum Resort
3.5 out of 5
95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
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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, 04046
White Barn Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Chase Hill Rd, Kennebunk, ME, 04043
Grand Hotel
Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club
Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club
4 out of 5
59 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.