Wells Beach, Maine

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Incorporated in 1653, the third such town in the state of Maine, Wells quickly became a coastal destination for visitors from far and wide. The Abenaki Indians called the area Webhannet, meaning “at the clear stream,” a reference to the Webhannet River.

Named for a city in England, Wells is a historic destination, with roots extending back as far as 1622, found on Maine’s southern coast. Visitors can learn about the area’s past at Laudholm Farm. Built in 1642, the property has only changed hands four times and today features a range of activities including reenactments, festivals, hiking trails and tours of the numerous restored buildings.

Because of its close location to the Atlantic Ocean, Wells attracts numerous bird species that can be viewed at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Preserve and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Sandy beaches are found around the town, providing relaxing spots for picnicking, swimming and sunbathing. Popular activities in the area include fishing excursions, kayaking, touring on charter boats and watching whales, seals and lobster harvests. Wells offers seven miles of oceanfront including four sandy beaches. Wells Beach, Crescent Beach and Drake?s Island Beach are open to the public while Moody Beach is private. Public restrooms are available and lifeguards are on duty, 7 days a week, from June through September.

Wells Harbor is operated by the Town of Wells and contains a private marina and the Wells Harbor Community Park. Boats on trailers can be launched from the Harbor for a fee. No fees apply to the launching of kayaks, canoes or sailboards.

After a day exploring the Wells area, a fresh seafood meal is an easy find at the many specialty seafood restaurants. Wells dining has numerous options for the visitor to chose from. All manners of local cuisine are represented within a few square miles and there is something to appease all palettes.

For those staying in Wells, a variety of lodging is available. From motor inns, to hotels, from bed and breakfast inns to campsites, Wells and the surrounding area has a lot of options to suit the needs of all comers.