Wells Beach, Maine
Wells Beach is one of the best family vacation attractions on the Southern Maine Coast. Wells hosts four beaches including Moody Beach, Crescent Beach, Wells Beach and Drake's Island Beach. Wells Beaches stretch for miles, from soft sand dunes, to tidal inlets and marshes, all beautiful beaches in Wells.
The Ogunquit and Wells town border separates Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit and Moody Beach in Wells where these two beaches share the shoreline. Moody Beach is a mile-long stretch and a popular area for water adventurers as there are numerous access points for kayaks and boats. Crescent Beach is nestled between Moody Beach and Wells Beach which is a rockier section of Wells Beach best accessed at low tide, but has a few nearby restaurants and convenient stores near the parking lot near Gold Ribbon Drive.
The main stretch of Wells Beach offers over a mile and a half of continuous sand beach bordering Crescent Beach and extending to the Wells Beach Jetty to the north. Wells Beach is a wonderful, long, sandy stretch with sand dunes and sea grass. Wells Beach is a great place for kids to explore the rocky section near the Mile Road entrance or walking the dog during regulated hours. Free parking to Wells Beach can be found at the end of Mile Road where there is a snack bar, restroom facilities, gift shops, arcades for the kids and a few restaurants. Parking can also be found along Atlantic Avenue where some residential homes and lodges offer their driveway or lot for a fee. Paid parking is also available to Wells Beach at the end of Atlantic Avenue where there is a restroom facility and has direct access to the Wells Beach Jetty as well as a boat launch into Wells Harbor. The Wells Beach Jetty is a popular walkway for anglers and children to explore and hop the rocks. Beachgoers will find a small beach area adjoined to this parking lot, however, that offers little beach lounging during high tide.
Drake's Island Beach is popular for its great surf and kids will love a chance to try body boarding, skim boarding and advanced swimming.
Nearby Wells Harbor, you can find scenic sailing excursions, fishing adventures or chartered boats for a private adventure. The gazebo at Wells Harbor is also the place to see free summer concerts, fireworks, fairs and festivals throughout the season. Some of Well's top events include the Wells Chili fest and Wells Christmas Parade, plus Maine craft fairs that are offered all year round. Wells is located in between the towns of Kennebunkport and Ogunquit, which both offer great shopping, dining and beaches for a fun-filled day trip.