The best attractions and things to do in Wells Maine for Seniors is the Senior Friendly Wells Beach, Drakes Beach, the Wells Farmers Market, the Concert in the Park Series, the Wells Reserve Research Center, Rachel Carlson Wildlife Refuge, Golfing and Miniature Golf, Hiking and Walking Trails, Camping, Fishing Charters, Museums, Kayaking, Bicycling, and a variety of acclaimed restaurants.
Wells Beach is the number one attraction! A beautiful beach with fine sand and easy swimming for the grandparents and grandkids alike!
We see as many grandparents with their grandchildren as everyone else enjoying the beach.
The best time in the Wells Area Maine for seniors is the first two weeks of September. Wells beach, the stores, the restaurants all slow down after the Summer rush.
The weather is still warm the first two weeks of September with the average highs from 72 degrees to 74 degrees. However, we have found that there are a lot of days in the low 80's, perfect temps for the beach.
The kids are back in school and families are not as plentiful. By exception, we do see young families with pre-school age children and the grandparents at the beach every day.
Wells is a great Summer week long vacation spot for us. We have been going here for many years and we never get tired of it. We usually go in the later half of July and again in September right after Labor Day when the crowds dissipate.
1. Free Town of Wells Parking Lot:
There is free parking at the end of Mile Rd. with limited parking spaces and benches to enjoy the view or access to the beach.
2. Paid Town of Wells Parking Lot:
You can also access Wells Beach at a public parking lot at the end of Atlantic Ave. which charges for parking by the use of Parking Kiosks where you pay by the hour with cash or credit card.
3. Paid Private Parking Lots:
Another way to access the beach is using one of the 18 "Public Ways" along Atlantic Ave. which are pathways between the houses/cottages and only a few steps to the beach.
You can find various places to park at some private parking lots along Atlantic Ave.
They charge a fee which usually ends up cheaper than the town of Wells parking kiosks in the public parking lot.
We have used the private parking lot at Seaside Cottages, 346 Atlantic Ave.
From there we access the beach only 150 feet away via "Public Way 11"!
The expanse of Wells Beach inspires many to enjoy a stroll along the beach and is very popular with everyone. There is always plenty of room between the ocean and the properties that line the beach, even in high tide.
You can walk for miles with no obstructions; enjoying this beautiful natural delight.
There are many, many hotels, motels, cottages, townhouses and houses that will accompany 1 guest to some beach houses that have multiple bedrooms to accommodate large groups of family and friends.
Our favorite accommodations are cottages. We like the homey feeling of a cottage and the liberty to cook our breakfast every morning and prepare that special lobster diner in the evening.
Some cottages and rental homes are right on the beach, others are within walking distance and still others are a short drive.
To find accommodations in Ogunquit the Chamber of Commerce lists various places to stay.
Chamber of Commerce Categories:
Another accommodation that is popular with families is a stay at one of the many campgrounds and RV parks in the area.
There are campgrounds with tent sites and RV sites to exclusive gated RV Parks with seasonal rentals.
These are very popular with seniors spending time with their children and grandchildren. Most campgrounds and RV Parks have loads of amenities such as swimming pools, playgrounds, game rooms, outside games and much more.
Campgrounds & RV Parks in Wells:
A favorite of ours is Joshua's Restaurant located at 1637 Post Rd. in Wells.
We consider this a "Fine Dining" restaurant, with a "White Tablecloth" dining room which is hard to find these days.
Of course, you may come casually but if it is a special occasion you can feel perfectly comfortable being "Dressed Up"!
Joshua Mather, together with his parents Mort and Barbara, opened Joshua’s Restaurant in 2004. They re-constructed and old colonial house into the restaurant and recently added a new addition to the building.
The Mather family have a farm "Easter Orchard" located 6 miles from the restaurant. The farm is supplying over 12,000 lbs. of freshly grown vegetable and fruits.
Joshua is committed to using only the freshest Maine grown grains, honey, maple syrup, wild mushrooms, fruits and vegetables.
This is truly a "Farm to Table" restaurant; or you might say "a Farming to Cooking" family!
Cultivating the garden in the morning; preparing your special exquisite meal at night!
The Fisherman's catch is our favorite casual restaurant in all of Wells!
The restaurant is located at 134 Harbor Rd. in Wells and owned by the Cardinali Family.
Opens early May through October from 11:30 to close.
They have been featured in Yankee Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine, AFAR Magazine and the Boston Magazine.
As a bonus! There is live music every night except Wednesdays when they are closed. (You have to have at least 1 day a week off!)
They have "Dine In" and "Take Out" menus. Our personal favorite is the Haddock Fish Diner. The Haddock is fantastic and locally caught off the coast of Maine.
You can't beat the haddock from Maine! I have never tasted such deliciously fresh fish before visiting Maine.
You absolutely cannot visit Wells, ME without having a delicious freshly caught lobster dinner. The lobster fisherman are busy everyday trapping the local lobster fare.
Perkins Cove moors many lobster boats of the local fisherman since it is easy access to the ocean.
Another possibility is to buy fresh lobsters and fish from a local fish market. They will steam the lobsters for free; ready to eat. Bring them home and chow down for dinner.
We have been buying lobsters from Mike's for many years. They are always fresh and scrumptious!
Mike's has many varieties of fish and seafood such as fresh caught Maine Haddock, Swordfish, Scallops from the east coast, locally harvested soft shell Clams, Shrimp, Salmon, Crabs and more.
The market also stocks wine, crackers, cheese and of course lobster tools. You can't go without lobster tools to crack your way into that delicious meat.
Located next door to the Mike's Clam Shack, a few minutes drive from just about any place to stay in Wells:
Address: 1162 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090
Phone: (207) 646-5998
The Summer Solstice Craft Shows in 2022 will be the 39th year for the July event and the 33rd year for the September event.
The craft show is a great "Thing-to-do" for Seniors.
July 9th & 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM rain or shine.
Wells Jr. High Scholl
1470 Post Rd.
Parking and Admission is Free.
September 10th & 11th in 2022 from 10 AM to 4 PM rain or shine.
Wells Jr. High Scholl
1470 Post Rd.
Parking and Admission is Free.
The concert series is another great "Thing-to-do" for Seniors on a Saturday evening in Wells.
The concerts are held every Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 in July, August and the 1st weekend of September.
Admission and Parking is free with seating on a "first com-first serve" basis. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome.
The New Legacy Swing Band at Harbor Park Summer Concert Series.
The Strafford Wind Symphony at Harbor Park Summer Concert Series.
There is so much to do at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, such as exploring easy walking trails, guided walking tours, guided kayak tours, talks, activities for kids and families, workshops and concerts.
The Wells Reserve offers easy to moderate trails to explore the beauty of the Wells' landscape.
The trails feature signs to help you find your way, identify plants and animals, understand the natural and cultural history of the site, and explore landscape change.
Trails are open every day from 7am to sunset for hiking/walking and in Winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. (Trails are not groomed in the Winter.)
Guided Trail Walks.
The Reserve features guided Trail Walks which are easy walks for seniors guided by experienced guides.
These walks will reveal the secrets of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Whether it's tadpoles or tide pools, sparrows or spartina, you can take a tour with a purpose.
Guided Kayak Tours.
There are registered Maine Kayak Guides that take small groups onto the estuary for an enjoyable and educational paddle lasting about 2½ hours. Enjoy a unique perspective on the estuary.
If golfing is your thing, your in luck with the Old Marsh Country Club Golf Course!
The Country Club has a semi-private, 18 hole, championship golf course
The club was designed by Brian Silva and built in 2008 and was ranked “Top 10 Best in America” by GOLF Magazine.
It is consistently ranked in the Top 25 Courses in New England by New England Golf Monthly.
There is a practice facility, which allows players to enhance their game.
The Wells Farmers Market is part of a "Tri-Town Farmers Market Group with markets in North Berwick, South Berwick and Wells.
The Wells Market is located at the Wells Public Library at 1434 Post Rd. and operating from June 16th to September 27th on every Wednesday from 1:30 to 5pm.
These markets have grouped together to provide enhanced opportunity's for the local community to access farm fresh and locally produced produce.
They are dedicated to bringing a diverse group of vendors to the Tri-Town markets to increase the choice of market venues and produce available to the local community and are committed to keeping this resource available.
The mission of the Tri-Town Farmers market is to support local agriculture in Maine by providing visitors and residents with with fresh, local foods and locally produced agri-food goods in a warm and informative market setting that is operated by the producers of those goods.
A great thing for seniors to do with the grandchildren is Mini-Golf.
There are 2 (two) campgrounds in Wells that have 18 hole mini-golf courses.
1. Sun Outdoors Campgound
The Sun Outdoors Campground is located at:
1000 Post Road
2. The Sea-Vu Campground
The Sea-Vu Campground is located at:
1733 Post Road