Famous for being the safest community in all of Maine, Kennebunk is a quintessential historic New England town. Complete with a gorgeous seascape, sandy beaches, a reputable veterinary hospital, and numerous dog-friendly restaurants, it is easy to see why Kennebunk is so popular with those who own dogs.
The picturesque beaches of Kennebunk will no doubt have any dog's tail wagging, with Kennebunk Beach being a long, wide stretch of sand that offers up some pawsome views. Mother's Beach is also popular, and features lifeguards, restrooms and a playground. Keep in mind that dogs need to be kept on the lead at both beaches, and there are time restrictions on when they are allowed to visit the beach during the summer months.
Thanks to the high quality produce grown in the region, Maine is known for its incredible food, and Kennebunk's restaurants really showcase this. The Sebago Brewing Co. serves up local classics, such as Maine lobster and New England clam chowder, with an outdoor patio where you and Fido can enjoy your meal. Boulangerie, A Proper Bakery is a dog-friendly spot that is great for lunch, while the Old Vines Wine Bar, with their local brews, wines and vintage cocktails, is pawfect for dinner.
With numerous dog-friendly outdoor attractions, as well as a variety of restaurants to relax in afterwards, there is so much doggie fun to be had in Kennebunk.
There is so much to see and do in the Town Center of Kennebunk, with one of its highlights being the 9125 acre Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Established to protect migratory birds and important salt marshes, there is a beautiful, heavily wooded, one mile walking trail here that is always popular with dogs, although you will need to keep your pooch on a lead. If your dog would prefer an off-lead run, the fully-fenced Kennebunk Dog Park can be found by the town's Recycling Center, with trees, benches, and a separate area for small dogs. Don't forget to bring Fido some water for after all of that exercise, as well as some doggie bags too.
Less than a ten minute drive from the center of Kennebunk is the Town Center of Wells, which really caters well to its canine population. For some off-lead exercise, take your pooch to the Ogunquit Dog Park. This one acre park can be found on a quiet, tree-shaded road, and features a separate section for smaller dogs, as well as doggie bags at the gate, and water available from April to November. If your pup prefers a more scenic view, there are a couple of beaches to be found in this neighborhood. Drake's Island features soft, white sand, with numerous dunes and sea walls to sniff around in, while Wells Beach is a beautiful, two and a half mile stretch of sand. Keep in mind that there are time restrictions in place for dogs at both beaches during peak season, so be sure to check these in advance.
Kennebunkport is a quaint, coastal town just a ten minute drive away from Kennebunk, and offers up some truly unique dog-friendly fun. Every pooch loves to eat, so be sure to sign up for Maine Foodie Tours' Doggy and Me Tour, which showcases some of the finest foods in town. There are five stops on this tour, and at each one, your dog will be able to sample a variety of treats. For pups who would prefer to learn about art, The Art Gallery on Chase Hill has an inspiring sculpture garden that is open to both dogs and their owners during the summer months.
The Saco neighborhood of Bradley St/ Franklin St is a 20 minute drive from Kennebunk, and is worth the journey for its outdoor attractions. Pepperell Park is one of Saco's most popular parks, because not only does it have a playground, picnic areas and a historic landmark, but it is also home to the Saco Dog Park. This fenced-in park is a safe place for your pooch to run free off the lead, and is complete with a water fountain for when Fido gets thirsty. If your dog prefers beaches to parks, Short Sands Beach allows dogs to run off the lead, although there are time restrictions between May to September.
Less than half an hour away from Kennebunk is the small town of Berwick, which is home to a very highly rated dog park. The Berwick Bark Park is a privately-owned, fenced-in dog park, complete with a pool for dogs to splash about in. While the dogs play, owners can grab a bite to eat for themselves from Lola's Lunch Truck, which is situated at the front of the property, and can even order a treat for their pooches too. If you need somewhere nearby to spend the night, the Beaver Dam Campground is pet-friendly, although there are restrictions on where about in the campground they can go.