Things to Do in Kennebunkport

Home to the Bush family compound, Kennebunkport, ME, leaves visitors smitten with its mix of boating, beaches, historic charms, quaint shops and acclaimed restaurants.

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Tampa Bay: Nightlife

Tampa Bay: Nightlife

A designated National Historic Landmark District, Ybor City is a lively neighborhood: It developed into a nightclub and entertainment district after its days as home to Florida’s Spanish, Cuban and Italian immigrants, as well as to its many cigar factories. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Nightlife

Charlotte: Nightlife

Easily accessible with its own stop on Charlotte’s light rail, EpiCentre is a hub for upscale dining, entertainment and nightlife. Along with restaurants, nightclubs and even bowling surrounding an open-air pavilion, EpiCentre offers amazing views of the Charlotte skyline. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Outdoors

Tampa Bay: Outdoors

Hop across the bay for the broad swaths of white sand at Clearwater Beach, which offers plenty of outdoor activities including jet skiing, parasailing and water biking. Don’t worry -- we’d never heard of water biking either, but it’s worth a Google. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Outdoors

Charlotte: Outdoors

The US National Whitewater Center just happens to be home to the world’s largest man-made recirculating river, providing rafting enthusiasts the chance to try their hand at Class II, III or IV white-water rapids. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Museum

Tampa Bay: Museum

Located in downtown Tampa’s River Arts District on the Riverwalk, the Tampa Museum of Art showcases 20th-century art, as well as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Grab a table at the museum’s SONO Café overlooking the Hillsborough River for Italian cuisine that embraces the “Slow Food” movement. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Museum

Charlotte: Museum

Located in uptown Charlotte, Discovery Place isn’t just for kids. A science and technology museum, Discovery Place offers visitors interactive exhibits, activities, experiments and an IMAX Dome Theatre that provides an immersive movie experience. The museum recently underwent a $31.6 million renovation, enhancing its status as a state-of-the-art, must-see attraction in Charlotte. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Neighborhood

Tampa Bay: Neighborhood

An upscale, open-air shopping district, Hyde Park Village is a trendy stop for anyone looking for the best of Tampa’s arts and entertainment. Among Tampa’s best restaurants and shops, a CineBistro recently opened, combining a movie theater with fine dining. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Neighborhood

Charlotte: Neighborhood

North Davidson, or NoDa for short, is the hub of Charlotte’s arts scene. Formerly made up of textile factories and mill workers’ homes, it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood is currently home to Charlotte’s trendy residents, as well as art galleries, music venues and hip restaurants. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Park

Tampa Bay: Park

A neighborhood oasis, Ballast Point Park offers stunning views of downtown Tampa. Perfect for picnics under the shady trees, jogging and even rollerblading, this park dates back to 1894. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Park

Charlotte: Park

Known as the “Central Park” of Charlotte, the 98-acre Freedom Park has trails, tennis and volleyball courts, athletic fields and an indoor shelter (complete with a fireplace) that is available to rent for parties and even weddings. Visit in September for the 5-day Festival in the Park, overlooking the park’s center attraction: a 7-acre lake. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Sports

Tampa Bay: Sports

Tampa Bay loves its baseball, with the Tampa Bay Rays being their pride and joy. A state famous for being the home of Major League Baseball’s spring training, Florida named its team the Rays to represent the idea of the team being “a beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida.” Catch a game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, a half-hour jaunt from Tampa. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Sports

Charlotte: Sports

As home to the recently opened NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte is proud of its racing culture. The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts prestigious NASCAR events, including Memorial Day weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 and the Sprint All-Star Race. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Transportation

Tampa Bay: Transportation

Tampa first had electric streetcars in 1892, but the line was shut down in 1946. The streetcars returned in 2002, making it easy to get around Tampa, like back in the good ol’ days. The TECO Line Streetcar System connects downtown and Channelside to the historic Ybor City district. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Transportation

Charlotte: Transportation

Public transportation is relatively new to Charlotte, with the LYNX light rail line opening in 2007. The light rail comprises 15 stations over 9.6 miles. The city hopes to expand its public transportations services completely by the year 2034. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Landmark

Tampa Bay: Landmark

At 214 feet tall, the Sulphur Springs Water Tower is visible from Interstate 275 as well as much of the rest of the Sulphur Springs Historic District. The water tower was built in 1927 where a lighthouse once existed that, according to local lore, guided European ships from the bay up through Hillsborough River to replenish their fresh water tanks from the local springs. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Landmark

Charlotte: Landmark

A water fountain designed by Czech sculptor David Černý, Metalmorphosis stands at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte. At 14 tons, the massive sculpture is split into layers that rotate 360 degrees, occasionally aligning to form a face. It’s so mesmerizing that it has its own webcam. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Food

Tampa Bay: Food

When in a state surrounded on nearly all sides by miles and miles of water, it would be a shame to miss out on some of the freshest seafood around. From Apalachicola oysters to spiny lobster, you can’t go wrong when it comes to Tampa’s seafood. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Food

Charlotte: Food

From ribs to pulled pork, there’s nothing quite like North Carolina’s barbecue. While in Charlotte, pile your barbecue sandwiches high with coleslaw just like the locals do. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay: Shopping

Tampa Bay: Shopping

Conveniently located near Tampa International Airport, International Plaza and Bay Street makes it simple for visitors to do some major shopping. This mall in Tampa’s Westshore business district opened in 2001, and happens to have a hotel on its campus -- one of only a handful of US malls to have such an amenity. 960 1280

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Charlotte: Shopping

Charlotte: Shopping

The 1,621,000 square feet of SouthPark Mall make it the largest mall in the Carolinas, not to mention the 10th largest on the East Coast and the 28th largest in the US. Located approximately 5 miles from uptown Charlotte, the mall is a central part of the upscale SouthPark neighborhood. 960 1280

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Ogunquit Playhouse
Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit Playhouse

With more than 80 years of musical productions under its belt, the Ogunquit Playhouse is one of the town's cultural icons. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and today the Playhouse produces 5 shows during its 21-week season. Throughout its history, the theater has attracted the likes of Bette Davis and Sally Struthers, and theater-goers are likely to see talent from TV, Broadway and film perform in shows like ?Grease,? ?Mary Poppins? and ?Billy Elliot.? 960 1280

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Walk the Marginal Way

Walk the Marginal Way

One of the prettiest strolls you'll take in southern Maine is the mile-long Marginal Way, which stretches from downtown Ogunquit's Shore Road to the docks at Perkins Cove. The paved pathway winds alongside coastal Maine's spectacular shoreline, with views of the sprawling beach and sea in one direction, and Ogunquit's scenic cottages and shops in the other. Breathe in the salty air and note the distant lighthouse which serves as the scene's perfect exclamation point. 960 1280

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Ogunquit Beaches

Ogunquit Beaches

Coastal Maine is often -- and rightly -- associated with its craggy coastline, but Ogunquit is one of the lucky towns that boasts 2 wide, sandy stretches: Ogunquit Beach and Footbridge Beach. The 3.5-mile-long swath of Ogunquit Beach is typically filled with families, sunbathers, swimmers and even surfers and boogie boarders who pay no heed to chilly ocean temperatures. For a bit of respite, head to Footbridge Beach. Its smaller, quieter shore offers a peaceful, scenic spot to enjoy the coastal scenery. 960 1280

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Visit Perkins Cove

Visit Perkins Cove

The little village of Perkins Cove lies adjacent to Ogunquit and embodies all the charm one would expect in a waterfront town. This former fishing village is filled with independent boutiques and seafood restaurants. Visitors will find plenty to explore, like toy shops, bric-a-brac stores and shellfish-centric restaurants like the Perkins Cove Lobster Pound. Be sure to stroll across the town's manually operated drawbridge -- it's the perfect place for a photo opp. 960 1280

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Hike Mount Agamenticus

Hike Mount Agamenticus

Seek out unique views of Maine?s coast while burning off the lobster rolls you've been enjoying with a hike up Mount Agamenticus. Numerous trails, including the popular Ring Trail and Blueberry Bluff hike, twist through the area and range from moderate to difficult in ability. Views from the mountain top -- it's one of the highest points in the surrounding region -- are spectacular with sweeping vistas of land and sea. 960 1280

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Ogunquit Museum of Art

Ogunquit Museum of Art

Not your average museum experience, the small but powerful Ogunquit Museum of Art is dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of American art. The museum sits on a cliff with magnificent views overlooking the Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean; thankfully, the museum?s exhibits take advantage of this exceptionally scenic outdoor space. More than 2,000 works of art include pieces by artists such as John Marin, Rockwell Kent and Mark Tobey, and celebrate the heritage of Ogunquit's art colonies. 960 1280

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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

This sprawling 5,400-acre preserve offers visitors relief from holiday crowds that flock to Ogunquit during the popular summer months. The refuge was established to protect salt marshes, barrier beaches, dunes and estuaries, and is a popular retreat for birders hoping to spy the endangered piping plover. Wildlife watchers may also witness white-tailed deer, moose, snakes, frogs and turtles. 960 1280

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Hit the Seas with Finestkind Scenic Cruises

Hit the Seas with Finestkind Scenic Cruises

When you visit the coast, the natural thing to do is hop aboard a boat, right? Book an excursion with Finestkind Scenic Cruises, and see the shoreline from an entirely new perspective. Visitors will learn about lobster fishing (and maybe even see lobsters caught onboard), view the iconic Cape Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse and catch a glimpse of harbor seals. Wake up early to enjoy the outfitter's breakfast cruise, or book a late afternoon cocktail or sunset cruise to explore Perkins Cove, Bald Head Cliff and Ogunquit Beach. 960 1280

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Eat at Barnacle Billy's

Eat at Barnacle Billy's

An Ogunquit legend for more than half a century, Barnacle Billy's has played host to US presidents, politicians, celebrities and NFL superstars. This landmark seafood haunt is known for its lobster (this is Maine, after all!). Order it boiled and buttered in its shell, in a stew or as a lobster roll. Other popular menu options include clam chowder and steamed clams. 960 1280

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Take the Ogunquit Trolley

Take the Ogunquit Trolley

If you like to kick back, relax and let someone do the exploring for you, take a spin on the Ogunquit Trolley. While the trolley serves as a legitimate means of transportation throughout town (and allows visitors to leave their cars at hotels since parking in town can be difficult), the trolley's loop route is a fabulous means of exploring Ogunquit's sights and learning the lay of the land. 960 1280

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