They stretch along Beach Avenue from the breakwater at the mouth of the Kennebunk River to Lord’s Point for 1 1/2 miles. Sidewalks extend the whole way for those interested in combining exercise and people watching.
Tucked in a sheltered cove at the southern end is Mother’s Beach, a perfect sand beach, which is the smallest of the Kennebunk Beaches, at 750 feet. With a playground right on the beach and gentle waves, it is a popular choice for families with youngsters. Lifeguards are on duty from 9 AM to 5 PM at Mother’s and Gooch’s beaches. No food is available, but the stores of Lower Village are about a half mile away.
Mother’s Beach is located on the west end of Beach Avenue, off Routes 9 and 35. On-street parking alongside any of the Kennebunk beaches is by permit only from June 15 to September 15 during the day from 9 AM to 5 PM. Beach parking permits for non-residents cost $5 for the day, $15 for the week and $30 for the season. Vehicles longer than 18’ may require additional fees. They are available at the town offices at routes 1 and 35 during the week, at the police station in the same building and at the Chamber of Commerce in Lower Village. During the season, no animals are allowed on the beach from 9 AM to 5 PM; dogs must be on leashes at other times, and “pooper-scooper” laws are always in effect. No alcohol is allowed at any time. Or… simply catch the trolley and ask to be dropped off at the beach.
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