10 Things to do in Wells, Maine

Excursions to Wells Maine.....

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1. Antiques

Wells is known for a stretch of Route 1 called Antique Mile. There are dozens of antique shops. There are small shops, group shops and barns full of interesting things to go through. There is too much to list so we recommend this link: http://www.maineantiques.org.


Called A Maine Adventure!  This small local chain of stores is a Maine institution. Located in the Hannaford Plaza, this Store has Columbia Sportswear, brand names, closeouts, snow shoes, and things for camp and cottage. The store also has exotic foods and other interesting items. Think LL Bean down a few notches!  www.renys.com  

3. Mike's Clam Shack

This is where the locals go!  If you want your fill of Maine seafood this is the place.  Mike’s is on the left past the Hannaford Plaza. The restaurant is large, but be prepared to wait.  Hint: go during the week. Also good for lunch! http://www.mikesclamshack.com Best time to go is during the week, and not on the weekends. 

4. The Maine Diner

This is another institution that locals and visitors love to visit. It's located on Route 1 on the right, just before Kennebunk. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Big menu with incredible prices! http://www.mainediner.com

5. Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve & Rachel Carson Reserve

A wonderful preservation area with many walking trails, lots of wildlife and nature.  Scenic seascapes with many birds and other wildlife.  Laudholm Trust is located here.  http://www.wellsreserve.org  Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge http://www.fws.gov/northeast/rachelcarson/ The National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect viable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds.  A great place to walk, hike and bird watch. This National Estuarine has over 9 square kilometers of hiking trails, woods, shoreline and estuaries...... Take Route One north to Laudholm Farm Road 7 miles north of Ogunquit Village Square. 

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6. Wells Antique Auto Museum

Located on Route 1 in Wells, past Hannaford on the right.  There are over 70 antique automobiles on display, including a 1949 Cadillac Fleetwood, and 1907 Stanley Steamer. The museum is open seasonally from the middle of June through September, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open on the weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Call 646-9064.

7. Play Mini Golf

There are three places to practice your putt! Located on Route One, Wonder Mountain is a favorite.

8. Wells Beach

Wells has over 7 miles of ocean. Moody is the first beach, located just north of Oguqnuit.  This is where all the houses are built right on the beach. Further up the coast, Wells Harbor features a real working harbor. Wells beach is a nice sandy beach with stores with some rocky inlets.

9. Rare Books

http://www.hardingsbooks.com Harding Rare Books has 14 rooms filled with rare books, maps, nautical papers and other ephemera. Located on US route One (2152 Post Road) on the left. There are also other rare book sellers in Wells. If you love rare books or ephemera, this place is for you!

10. Lightouse Depot

You have to see it to believe it! www.lighthousedepot.com 2178 Post Road, on the left before Mike's Clam Shack. This is the worlds largest lighthouse gift store, filled with over 12,000 items!

Tucked between the coastal towns of Ogunquit and Kennebunkport is Wells, Maine. Many people overlook this part of Route 1 on their way up to the Kennebunks. Look beyond the campgrounds and the ticky tacky motels, and you will find some fun things to do. Wells is Maine's version of "Roadside America" a place with quirky little shops that sell qausi-authentic Indian beads, faux lobster traps, and an assortment of roadside attractions for every age!

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