The town of Wells is the center of coastal southern Maine, north of Ogunquit and just south of Kennebunk. Wells Maine was founded in 1643, when it became the 3rd established town in Maine, and has since transformed into the ultimate vacation destination. Wells is called the "Friendliest Town in Maine", and also the Antique Capital. Visitors can find many things to do in Wells, from beaches and shopping along Rt 1, to nature trails and dining at casual clam shacks and diners to gourmet restaurants.
Wells Harbor is home to boats from lobster fishermen to pleasure yachts and fishing charters. Within Wells Harbor you can canoe or kayak up the Webhannet River, or paddleboard around the calm waters, or venture out to see through the Wells breakwater. Wells Harbor is also home to Wells Harbor Park where concerts in the Gazebo are free in summertime, and special events like craft fairs, Chilifest and Harborfest take place every year.
There are four miles of beaches in Wells comprised of Moody Beach, Crescent Beach, Wells Beach and Drakes Island Beach. Each beach is worth a visit and all of Wells beaches offer soft sand and refreshing salt water for swimming and surfing. Learn more about Wells Beach.
Things to do in Wells
Wells is a nature lovers paradise, apart from the beautiful beaches. Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms, a National Estuarine Research Reserve, has seven miles of walking trails that lead to salt water marshlands and bird sanctuaries. The Laudholm Trust grounds offer guided nature walks for visitors to learn more about the Wells coast and estuaries with the hope of protecting and preserving the natural ecosystems in Southern Maine. Wells Reserve is also a beautiful spot for a wedding or summer function in their beautiful restored barn and carriage house, a centerpiece to the Laudholm Farm property. Wells Reserve hosts festivals, craft fairs and concerts throughout the season on their beautiful pastoral grounds.
The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, located on the border of Kennebunk and Wells, works with the State of Maine to preserve salt marshes and estuaries for migrating birds. The refuge preserves approximately 50 miles of coastline between York and Cumberland counties. The location in Wells offers walking trails and information on the preservation efforts.
Wells is also home to Maine farms and weekly farmers markets. You can pick your own strawberries or apples in season at Spiller Farm or Chase Farms.
There are so many things to do in Wells that you'll find yourself quite busy during your vacation. Rental bikes, kayaks, surfboards and skateboards are available in Wells. Try your hand at golf, at one of the many 18-hole golf courses or driving ranges in the area including Old Marsh Country Club, Merriland Farms or Tee Shot Golf Range. Kids will enjoy the many mini-golf courses throughout wells including the large Wonder Mountain Golf Course.
The town of Wells is sometimes referred to as the Antique Capital of the World, with over 25 antique shops conveniently located directly on Route 1. Shoppers will love the historic treasures they might find, including everything from jewelry, artwork and furniture to sculptures, rare books and exquisite period furniture. The Wells Auto Museum houses a collection of over 80 antique and classic cars. The museum also features vintage motorcycles, memorabilia and attractions for the kids including vintage arcade games and music boxes. Wells is also home to the classic Reny's store where bargains are featured daily, nearby all the major stores like Rite Aid, CVS and Hannaford for your necessities.
Lodging in Wells Maine varies from waterfront resorts, hotels and motels on the beach, to bed and breakfast joints, fully equipped ocean view condos, or Wells campgrounds. Waterfront resorts offer all-inclusive rates with full-service amenities for a luxurious and relaxing vacation. Wells coastal hotels and motels are great for an affordable family getaway with easy access to beaches, shopping and dining. Another popular lodging option in Wells are seaside cottages or house rentals, which line a good portion of Wells Beach and offer private beach access. Private vacation home rentals are ideal for families or larger groups and come with full-equipped kitchens, living rooms, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Some may even include private patios or porches with great ocean views. Private home rentals can be very affordable and also save money on dining out and other hotel expenses.
For campers, another option is to stay at a Wells campground facility. Most Wells campgrounds provide full hookups, a General Store for camping supplies, groceries, wood and souvenirs, and recreational facilities like a swimming pool, mini-golf course, playground, basketball courts, recreation room and more. Campgrounds in Wells are conveniently located near major roadways for easy access and within close proximity to beaches, shopping, movie theatres, and dining in the area.
DiningDining out in Wells is something not to be missed, as many of their popular restaurants have been featured on hit TV shows and in top culinary magazines as the best of the best. Wells is also home to some delicious seafood dives and family-friendly restaurants. Chow down on some freshly caught lobsters, fish and clams at one of the many restaurants that are sure to fit any budget, from affordable like Mike's Clam Shack to fancy at Joshua's. Kids will also love the many ice cream stand options like Scoop Deck or Big Daddy's, with unique and local flavors like blueberry, pumpkin or Maine Moose Tracks. Wells has something to satisfy every palate, from steak at Wells' Steakhouse to Irish cuisine at Feile Irish Pub or Wells' many pizza places - your stomach will leave Maine full and satisfied.