Welcome to the coastal town of Wells, Maine. You might think the city is named Wells because of all the water, but its actually named after "Father of Wells", a man who used a lot of well water in his mills. Because of this, the name was born, and 400 years later, the city is still booming and attracting people and their furry best friends. Today, Wells is a summertime destination for a lot of vacationers who fill the beaches and downtown area every year. Resident and visiting pups have ther choice of five veterinary clinics, with many more available in the surrounding areas.
Well's Beach can get pretty hectic during the summertime, but Wells still tries to include its four-legged residents! Dogs are allowed anytime in the off-season, but are only allowed on the beach between 6 and 8 PM between June 16th and September 15th. There are clean-up stations, trash bins, and benches located throughout the beach.
Wells Harbor Park is another popular destination for dog lovers, located right on the water and surrounded by marshland. Dogs must remain on a leash, but can enjoy the comforts of a water fountain, benches, the shade under the gazebo, and some paved walking paths.
There are plenty of other outdoor places to go, like the Wells Barren Preserve and Gregoire Campgrounds for camping adventures. With all these options and more, it will leave you and Fido going mutts for more!
Eastern Wells is a neighborhood wholly taken up by the coast. Along the coast are plenty of dog-friendly beaches, like Drake's and Well's beach, but if you are looking for a non-beach walk, head over to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in the northern tip of the neighborhood. The refuge is open to all leashed pups and offers over 3 miles of nature trails with scenic views of the ocean and surrounding marshland. If you travel south into the neighborhood, you'll find Rollover Cafe, a casual bakery and cafe that offers dog-friendly seating and natural-made dog treats for Fido, as well as some delicious sweets for you.
Kennebunkport is a small town five miles away from the city of Wells that features a lot of dog-friendly activities in town that make it worth the trip. The town features seven different dog-friendly shops that allow pets indoors while walking around downtown.The Scalawags Pet Boutique offers dog clothing, toys, collars and natural dog treats. Get cultures at the Gallery on Chase Hill, which has an outdoor dog-friendly sculpture garden for you and Fido to check out. Need help getting around town? After a beautiful stroll downtown, head down south to the Henry Parsons Park along the coast, a park made up of open fields and surrounded by residential homes. Fido must remain on a leash, but will be able to enjoy some running around time and the shade of the pavilion.