See affluent Kennebunkport from several revealing perspectives: driving past its landmark attractions, strolling its shop-lined streets, and cruising the Kennebunk River.
From the pier you'll commence a scenic drive south to Kennebunkport, taking in the views of Maine's rocky shoreline along the way. A charming coastal village, Kennebunkport gained worldwide fame in the early 1990s as the summer residence of the George H.W. Bush family. The architecture here is extraordinarily stunning, as there are numerous restored homes from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the famed Wedding Cake House, which was built in 1826 and where you will have a brief photo stop. Be sure to notice its elegant carved buttresses, spires and lacy spandrels. It is no wonder the Wedding Cake House is one of the most photographed buildings in the state.
Continuing on, you'll make your way to Dock Square where you'll board a boat for a picturesque cruise along the Kennebunk River. The boat affords wonderful views of the affluent community, the idyllic shoreline and landmarks like the Bush compound on Walker's Point. Originally called Point Vesuvius, this narrow strip of land juts into the Atlantic Ocean and has been owned by the Bush family since the late 19th century. During the presidency of George H.W. Bush, the home also served as the gathering spot for many world leaders.
Following your sight-seeing cruise, you'll have approximately 90-minutes of free time in Dock Square, the town center and home to a collection of upscale shops, restaurants and art galleries. It's an excellent place to wander about, browse at your leisure and simply enjoy the seaside atmosphere. At the conclusion of your free time, you'll rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier in Portland, passing Walker's Point once again. Those who are not on time for the return trip to Portland will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship, at their own expense.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the photo stops and free time in Dock Square. There will be 6 large steps to negotiate when entering and exiting the boat. The tour may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness and is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.