Just north of Ogunquit, Wells is another summer beach town destination. With a population of roughly 10,000 residents, the scene in Wells differs vastly from Ogunquit, offering more year round amenities. The Wells-Ogunquit education system is strong, offering K-12 as well as York County Community College. Wells provides a more affordable way of life, yet is also close to beaches and attractions. For seasonal residents, Wells is composed mostly of small cottages and inns close to Wells Beach, Drakes Island Beach, East Shore Beach, and the private Moody Beach.

Walking, Biking or Driving


Because it covers a larger area, that is less centralized, the primary method of getting around is driving. Route One runs through the town and can be congested during summer months. However, it is close to I-95, Route 9 and the Eastern Trail.

The Scene


Wells is a sprawling town that connects Ogunquit to the Kennebunks. For dining, Mike’s Clam Shack and Billy’s Chowder House offer traditional New England fare, as well as a place for gamewatching at Mike’s. Maine’s Diner is a staple that is often visited by celebrities. As for activities and attractions, Wonder Mountain Fun Park, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Seashore Trolley Museum, Wells Harbor Community Park, Wells Farmers Market, and Spiller Farm offer some fun family entertainment. Wells Harbor itself has a summer concert series and its own annual festival. For more dining, entertainment and activities, Ogunquit and Kennebunkport offer more extended options.

Backstory


Wells is the 3rd oldest town in Maine, founded in 1643. It was named after Wells, England, a cathedral city in the county of Somerset. Many early settlers of Wells joined the Continental Army and were Revolutionary war heroes. Ocean View Cemetery off Post Road contains a Civil War memorial and a plot honoring its war heroes. It developed into a town of farming and fisheries, as well as a destination for the railroad. Seashore Trolley Museum is a must-stop for train and trolley lovers. Today, tourism has developed into an integral part of its economy.