Wahine Kai Surf School's team of paddle-proficient surfers guide adventurers of all types through intimate and relaxing stand-up paddleboard tours. Reserved tours whisk participants away on their choice of three one-hour jaunts and bestow each paddler with a board, a wetsuit, booties, a personal flotation device, and a pet parrot to create an authentic seafaring experience. Expert instructors oversee each paddle cruise of no more than six amateur Leif Ericsons, providing nurturing instruction and educational commentary on local ecosystems. To keep summers endless, persistent paddlers can upgrade to a two-hour tour for an extra fee.
Surrounding Kennebunkport Marina is a town awash in centuries of nautical history; the community also boasts a spot on AOL Travel's list of the 10 Best Beach Towns in America. The marina contributes to its pristine environs with new docks, an outdoor fireplace, and a riverside courtyard where guests can lounge on adirondack chairs. From the docks, which have hookups for water and 30- and 50-amp service, boaters can captain their vessels down the Kennebunk River or travel one-quarter mile to open ocean waters. Year-round storage keeps ships protected during winter or transatlantic spitball wars, and spring engine commissions by certified technicians prep boats for the sailing season.
Those without their own watercraft can join the Kennebunkport Boat Club, which grants members of any skill level access to a quartet of boats that range from 15 to 26 feet. Additionally, the store offers powerboat, canoe, and kayak rentals, and reservations of the Captain's Cottage make lodgers feel more nautical than tying their shoelaces in bowline knots.
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art houses a collection of American art including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs ranging from the late 1800s to present. Reflecting the community's roots, the museum also showcases a selection of works from the Ogunquit art colony. After admiring intriguing artwork, visitors can explore the museum shop for fine-art reproductions to take home or head outside and wander through 3 acres of landscaped gardens with a view of the ocean.
Wonder Mountain Family Fun Park sternly rebuffs boredom with two mini-golf courses and a challenging human maze. Adventurers can negotiate the twisting turns, dead ends, and elevated checkpoints of the Treasure Trap ($5/person for ages 5+) in less than 10 minutes to enter weekly drawings for cash and T-shirts or to outrun overzealous Pac-Men. Alternatively, opt for a round of mini golf ($10/adult; $8/senior or child ages 5–12) on one of two courses strewn with lush foliage, flowing waterfalls, and muttering streams. Send dimpled balls spinning across the Mountain Mania course, recently rebuilt with five new hole layouts, or test your mettle on the Nautical Nightmare course, whose challenging holes may be better suited for teens and adults than youngsters or those who depend on holes-in-one for life force.