Wells Beach

Many of the Maine beaches are located on the southern coast, a short drive from Portland, the state's biggest city and an hour outside of Boston. Picturesque New England villages, including Old Orchard Beach, York, Kennebunkport, and Ogunquit Beach, welcome vacationers to come and experience an escape away from the everyday. Right in the middle of this stretch, Wells Beach offers miles of shoreline, visitor amenities, and seasonal events.

Most people enjoying a Wells Beach vacation spend some time along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Seven miles of sandy shoreline have been set aside as beaches in the town of Wells. Crescent Beach, Drake's Island Beach, and Wells Beach are open to the public; lifeguards are on duty when the weather is warm, and plenty of people enjoy swimming, soaking in the sun, and beachside recreation.

A parking fee is required on the weekend in May and June and daily during the rest of the summer. One small beach, Moody Beach, is limited access, only allowing walking, rather than sunbathing or kayaking.

Wells Harbor is another popular addition to many a Wells Beach vacation. The town of Wells operates a marina, complete with a boat launch, canoe and kayak rentals, and fishing supplies. Visitors also can enjoy Wells Harbor Community Park, which offers a fully accessible observation deck, bocce ball courts, and a playground. In July and August, the park sets the stage for events in Wells Beach, including free summertime concerts.

The calendar of events is full of fun things to do, especially in the summer. In June, the Wells Rotary Strawberry Festival celebrates the summertime treat at Spiller's Farm. Attendees can pick berries, enjoy hayrides, and try their hand at karaoke. Other summertime events in Wells Beach include Fourth of July fireworks, craft shows, a chili cook off, and basketball tournaments.

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm also hosts events in Wells Beach. This 2,250-acre site for recreation, education, and research is the site of the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival every September. Visitors will find a lot to do on their Wells Beach vacation whether they visit during the festival or any other time of the year. In the summer, interpretive programs and walking tours occur frequently during the week. An extensive network of trails and a visitor center are open to enjoy as well.

The Rachael Carson National Wildlife Refuge is another natural wonder to enjoy outdoor recreation while visiting Wells. Its hiking trail wanders through tidal salt marshes and lovely pinewoods. Visitors also have the chance to go boating, watch for wildlife, and enjoy interpretive programs.

After a long day of enjoying the beautiful scenery in and around Wells Beach, visitors will be ready to settle down for dinner and a comfortable overnight. With restaurants serving fresh seafood and variety of resorts, visitors can enjoy a good meal, welcoming hospitality. Many of the Maine beach resorts are open year-round with long list of things to do, and package rates. In the nearby communities of Kennebunkport and Ogunquit, vacationers will find even more options for lodging, including resorts, hotels, budget-friendly properties, and condo rentals.

Options for Wells Beach camping are plentiful as well. Many campgrounds can accommodate RVs and tent campers. With a variety of events, games, and oceanfront access, the campgrounds set the stage for exciting and cost-effective Maine getaways.

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