Wells Beach Maine
Hotels, Restaurants & Things to Do

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Wells Beach Maine, located on the Southern Maine coast, nestled between the resort towns of Ogunquit Maine and the Kennebunks, has long been a premier Maine vacation destination. Well loved for its seven miles of beautiful sandy beaches, miles of trails through wildlife preserves, antique shops, restaurants and family fun, you just might want to consider Wells Beach for all or part of your next Maine vacation.

While Wells Beach Maine doesn't have the compact, village feel of many of Maine's vacation destinations, it does offer a great location and lots to do.

Generally more affordable than its neighbors, great family vacations are made here. Families with young children will find many outdoor places to let active little ones use up all their boundless energy!

Top Reasons to Visit
Wells Beach Maine

7 miles of beautiful sandy beach
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm
Some great restaurants!
Great starting location for road trips
Affordable, fun, family vacation!

Wells Maine Hotels

Wells offers a good bunch of hotels, motels and vacation rentals for the many tourists who travel here each year. Some found on the beach and many located along Route 1, you'll find a good, affordable place to call home for your vacation, no doubt.

Lafayette's Oceanfront Resort is a great hotel with an even better location - right on the beach. Consisting of a few different buildings, they have a pool which is great for the kids. My husband and I stayed here in the off season and found it to be very clean, with a comfortable bed and a spectacular view of the ocean. It's not fancy, but it is a wonderful place to stay on Wells Beach for its location. Also right on the beach is the Atlantic Oceanfront Motel.

Wells also offers a good variety of lodging options like campgrounds, cottages, resort condominiums and beach house vacation rentals.

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Wells Maine Restaurants

Wells Beach Maine Diner

What I like about the restaurants in Wells Beach is this - as a more year-round community, there is a good selection of restaurants that are reasonably priced. Why? Because they cater to locals as well as tourists!

Some of my favorite dining experiences have been in Wells Beach Maine. My husband and I had a wonderful time at Joshua's restaurant, which probably ranks right up there on my favorite restaurants in Maine list. My family loves The Steakhouse restaurant. The Maine Diner in Wells (voted the favorite diner in New England) is good for comfort food.

Of course you'll find a great selection of lobster and seafood too. And if you don't find what you are looking for in Wells, a quick trip to Ogunquit or the Kennebunks will provide more than enough choices.

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Things to Do in Wells Beach Maine

There are three public beaches in Wells to choose from - Wells Beach, Crescent Beach and Drake's Island Beach. All have public restrooms and lifeguards on duty, and parking nearby for a fee.

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Wells provides a lot of opportunity to commune with nature. Not to be missed are the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

Together they offer miles of trails through a variety of habitats including forests, salt marshes, beaches, dunes, estuarine, coastal meadows and more. See plants and animals not found elsewhere in Maine. Hike the one mile Carson Trail (leashed dogs are allowed). There is no entrance fee.

Wells Beach Maine Rachel Carson

Seven miles of trails are available year round at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm (pets are not allowed). You can take free guided tours or explore on your own. If you have kids, stop at the Visitor Center to find out about their Discovery Program. They also offer half day and full day programs and camps for kids for a fee.

Over at Wells Harbor, venture out on the water with a canoe or kayak or take a sport or deep sea fishing tour with Captain Satch & Sons. Kids can play at the playground at the Wells Harbor Community Park. Catch a free concert every Saturday night from July to Labor Day here too.

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Wells Beach Maine makes for a laid back, family oriented vacation. It's a great starting point for day trips to Ogunquit, York or Kittery to the south and the Kennebunks, Old Orchard Beach and Portland Maine to the north. All of these destinations are within a 30-45 minute drive north or south and are well worth the trip.

But even if you just want to relax and stay put, Wells offers more than enough to do for the whole family. Like many others, you just might find yourself returning year after year!

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