Wells is a beautiful and historic town on the southern Maine coast between Kennebunk and Ogunquit, with a year-round population of about 10,000. It has over seven miles of oceanfront, much of it sandy beaches and a nationally recognized estuarine reserve. The beaches are wide and flat, making them great for walking or jogging as well as playing in the sand or building sand castles. Wells is also known for its antique shops, used and collectible bookstores, and antique auto museum.
Wells is a small seacoast town located between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine. Wells is noted for its seven miles of beaches, antique shops, camping facilities, recreation, and many other family orientated activities.
At Wells Beach, the wonderful sun and surf are just the beginning. Relax and enjoy the fresh salty air on the wide expanse of Wells Beach. Our soft white sands and clear ocean waters are less than a mile away and sure to enhance your vacation experience.
Wells also has several golf courses available to the public to provide you many enjoyable rounds of golf. For those of you more interested in a day of fishing, there are many ships and crews waiting to take you to fertile waters. Check out the list of each at the bottom of this page.
A seasonal trolley system connects lodging places with beaches, restaurants, and attractions, and meets the Ogunquit trolley system at the Ogunquit Plaza on Route 1. This makes it easy to get from Wells to the nearby town of Ogunquit, Marginal Way, and Ogunquit beaches. For a change of pace, take the trolley to the Wells/Ogunquit exchange and explore the Footbridge Beach, Ogunquit, Ogunquit Beach, and Perkins Cove.
The trolleys operate daily from the third Saturday in June through Labor Day weekend, from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. Because of traffic congestion along Route 1 in coastal Maine in the summer, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration by opting for the trolley instead of driving your car. A schedule of trolley stops and current low fares are available at the Wells Welcome and Information Center and at many establishments in the area.
Wells, Maine Attractions
Wells, Maine has many attractions for visitors.
- Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit, Wells, ME – An 1862 Meetinghouse is the headquarters of the Society, a non-profit agency. The Meetinghouse museum contains artifacts from local families, fishermen, farms and businesses. Volunteer docents are ready to give you a tour and tell the story of Wells and Ogunquit which began as one town in 1640 when the first settlers arrived. The Meetinghouse is also the home of the Esselyn Perkins Library, one of the finest genealogical collections in southern Maine. The library contains family histories, town histories of Maine and eastern New Hampshire as well as the complete census records for Maine on microfilm.
- Laudholm Farm & Laudholm Beach, Wells, ME – The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve contains two beautiful spots to enjoy. The 400 acre Laudholm Farm, first settled in 1642, is committed to investigating coastal environments and increasing understanding of their ecology. The farm itself contains a museum/discovery center and gift shop focused on the fascinating ecology and history of the salt water region. There are extensive walking trails, with access to Laudholm Beach.
- Laudholm Beach is a beautiful sandy spot accessible to the public via a walking path. Park at Laudholm Farm and carry everything you need in and out of the beach area via a scenic walking trail. There are no facilities on the beach area and no shops within this ecologically protected area. Part of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells, ME – The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established to preserve ten southern Maine estuaries that provide vital food and cover for over 250 species of waterfowl and other migrating birds along their migration routes. You may also spot white-tailed deer, moose, river otter, beaver, fox, harbor seals, and other wildlife, which makes the refuge popular with birding enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Carson Trail is a one-mile loop that starts at the refuge center and passes through a variety of habitat, from forests to barrier beaches and dunes, coastal meadows, tidal salt marshes, and rocky coast.
- Wells Auto Museum, Wells, ME – The collection of 80 antique automobiles began as a hobby by the Gould family in 1946 when they were given a Stanley Steamer. Cars are continually being added to a collection that includes such classic names as Ford Model T, Pierce Arrow, Cadillac, Stutz, gearless Metz, Rolls Royce, Baker Electric, Maxwell, Pathfinder, Avanti. The collection also includes classic bicycles, motorcycles, and a fascinating array of working nickelodeon and arcade games, including player pianos that provide the perfect music background to your tour.
Golf Courses near Wells
- Cape Arundel Golf Club – Known for its’ beauty along the shores of the Kennebunk River, this links style course with small greens, rolling terrain, and tidal creeks is a challenge to all who dare test it. The Kennebunk River winds around the course, with water and tidal flats coming into play on 11 holes. Favored by former President Bush.
- Webhannet Golf Club, Kennebunk, Maine. The 18-hole “Webhannet” course at the Webhannet Golf Club facility in Kennebunk, Maine features 6,010 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 68.4 and it has a slope rating of 114 on Blue grass. Designed by Skip Wogan, the Webhannet golf course opened in 1901. Kirk Kimball manages the course as the Golf Professional. Although it is a private club, Webhannet welcomes public play on a limited basis. Tee times are required. For Tee-times please call 207-967-2061.
- Cape Neddick Country Club, Ogunquit, ME. The 18-hole “Cape Neddick” course at the Cape Neddick Country Club facility in Cape Neddick, Maine features 6,052 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 68.4 and it has a slope rating of 112 on Bent grass. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA/Brian M. Silva, ASGCA, the Cape Neddick golf course opened in 1920. Robert Doran manages the course as the Superintendent. Semi-private (tee times available for public, call for availability). 650 Shore Rd., 2.5 miles south of Ogunquit Center. 207-361-2011
- The Links at Outlook – Let us bring a bit of Scotland to you, right here in New England! Come play The Links at Outlook for a unique golfing experience on a true links course. Come enjoy our undulating bent grass fairways and greens, which are surrounded by rolling dunes and scattered sand bunkers that come into play throughout this 140-acre course. Open to the public. 207-384-4653
- Merriland Farm Cafe and Par 3 Golf, Coles Hill Rd., Wells – Merriland Farm is a 200 year old working farm with a challenging 9 hole Par 3 golf course built among the berry fields. Don’t underestimate this course as the sand traps & water hazards will challenge your round. May through October. 207-646-0508
- Sanford Country Club, Rt. 4, Sanford, ME Open April – October. 18 holes, driving range, restaurant. Call for tee times. 207-324-5462
For a more complete list of golf courses in the Wells, Maine area, visit Golf Link.
- Captain Satch & Sons – Wells Harbor Town Dock. Big fish, family fun, 4 or 6 hr. striped bass trips along our scenic coast. Two vessels with comfy heads departing daily (33′ Gath III. And 32′ India Marie). Also, shore guided trips, Rachel Carson Reserve. All tackle and licenses provided. Reg. ME guide, USCG Captain. 6 person max. Winter phone: 207-324-9655. In-season, dial: 337-0716
- Lethal Weapon Fishing Charters, Wells Harbor, ME – Join Captain Bob aboard the Lethal Weapon, Southern Maine’s best 38-foot fishing vessel for a day of dea sea fishing aboard the boat that combines comfort with adventure. Half and full day custom charters. Wells Harbor Town Dock. USCG Master’s license and Reg. Maine Tidewater Guide. 207-324-3430
- First Chance Whale Watch and Lobster Cruises – Maine’s newest whale watch vessel custom built by local craftsmen for comfort. Never crowded. Half day. Narrated by naturalists. 4A Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village.
- The Gift – Beautiful sailing aboard the “Gift”, a classic 34′ sloop departing from picturesque Wells Harbor, Maine. Captain Steven Perkins and crew will take you for a two-hour, half day or full day’s sailing off the rugged coast of Maine. Whales, dolphins, seals, cormorants and lobster men hauling their traps are among the possible sights you may see. Cell phone: 207-251-0795. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 207-646-3758
- Ugly Anne Deep Sea Fishing – (Wells Harbor Town Dock) The Ugly Anne is a 44 ft. wooden boat fully equipped for a fun day of fishing. Fishing equipment and bait are included in the price and there are no extra charges for lost hooks, jigs, and sinkers. Along with the Captain, an experienced mate will help you enjoy your day’s fishing aboard UGLY ANNE. Whole day, April to mid-June, Labor Day to November. Half day, mid-June through Labor Day. Perkins Cove, Ogunquit. 207-646-7202 (Ogunquit)