Anyone who’s visited Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport raves about the watercolor sunset skies, Atlantic ocean vistas, and marinas filled with sailboats and yachts. Along this roughly two-mile route between Dock Square and Cape Porpoise lie other popular attractions that go beyond natural beauty. Feast your eyes on architecturally stunning summer homes, historic churches, and more during your trip to the Kennebunks!
For more information on what to do during your trip, request our exclusive Kennebunkport Vacation Guide! This resource is full of local insight from our innkeeper. With the help of this tool, you’ll arrive a visitor and leave feeling like a local.
Top 3 Sights on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport
Ocean Avenue offers great sightseeing opportunities and photo between Dock Square and Cape Porpoise. We encourage you to explore and enjoy some of our most loved stops along the way. And remember, there are amazing things to do in the towns on each end of Ocean Avenue, too! Be sure to check out our favorite shopping, sights, and dining in Dock Square. When you come to the end of Ocean Avenue, try fresh seafood at the best Cape Porpoise restaurants.
1. Bush Family Compound
The Bush Family Compound, also known as Walker’s Point Estate, is a very popular historic site along Ocean Avenue. The presidential family’s estate can be viewed from a variety of vantage points along the route, and from the water when you board the Schooner Eleanor. This estate has been in the Bush family for more than a century and is still in use today!
Want to learn more about the Bush Compound’s history? Hop aboard the Schooner Eleanor of Kennebunport. Docked in a marina on Ocean Avenue, this guided sailing tour gives guests local insight about the Compound, the Bush family, and Secret Service activity in the water over the years.
2. Kennebunkport Trolley Tours
Our guests rave about the Kennebunkport Trolley Tours! The trolley also stops in the Lower Village, which is just down the road from The Inn at English Meadows. These 45-minute guided sightseeing tours take guests around to the most noteworthy spots in the Kennebunks. There are eight stops along the way, which include Franciscan Monastery, Gooch’s Beach, and more. As you pass by historic sites, your experienced tour guide explains the significance of each.
3. St. Ann’s Episcopal Church
St. Ann’s Episcopal Church is one of our favorite stops along Ocean Avenue. Built in 1887, this beautiful old stone church by the sea has been called an architectural wonder. It sits back on a stunning rocky peninsula and is surrounded by magnificent grounds. Each day, the church opens its grounds to visitors and locals alike to sit back, relax, and enjoy views of the Atlantic ocean. You can park your car on the lawn facing the water! We love to pack a picnic lunch and a blanket to spread out and enjoy an afternoon gazing at beautiful shoreline views.
Stay Nearby at The Inn at English Meadows
Make the journey back to The Inn at English Meadows after your trip along Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport. Our Inn is located on the Dock Square side and has everything you need for a peaceful getaway to the Kennebunks!
Consider a stay in the Sunset Room. This guest room features a king-size bed, roomy private bathroom with a wide vanity and shower, gas fireplace, and a flat-screen television. You can continue to enjoy spectacular views from this room, as it faces the sunset each night!
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