Dog Friendly Kennebunkport

Everything You Need to Know About Travelling With Your Dogs in Kennebunkport

Looking for dog friendly things to do in Kennebunkport? Kennebunkport, ME is full of dog friendly beaches, dog friendly shopping, and even dog friendly restaurants! Kennebunkport Resort Collection now features two dog friendly hotels in Kennebunkport, ME. Now you don't need to worry about dog boarding or kennels while you're on vacation in Kennebunkport! 

The Lodge on the Cove

Looking for a dog friendly hotel in Kennebunkport, ME? The Lodge on the Cove — the hippest hotel in Kennebunkport — offers a modern, light-hearted approach to the quintessential Maine vacation. Nestled on a wooded cove in Kennebunkport, our motor lodge is both relaxed and refined, with vibrant mix of vintage, classic and contemporary furnishings, bold patterns and an upbeat color palette. As mentioned above, the  onsite restaurant – The Dory – holds dog friendly "Yappy Hours" where people and dogs can enjoy food and beverages together. Our spacious and dog-friendly guest rooms make The Lodge on the Cove the perfect Kennebunkport hotel for a vacation with the dogs!

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Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club

Visiting the seacoast town of Kennebunkport, Maine, and not staying directly on the water would be a bit like eating pancakes without real maple syrup. The marina-side location on the Kennebunk River is idyllic as can be. The calming shimmer of this tidal river is ever in view, from social spaces like the private guest-only Marina Bar and from your own Dog Friendly Harborfront Bungalow, with its private terrace and front lawn. Upscale and luxurious, yet relaxed and fun enough for the dogs! 

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Ivy Cottage at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort

Experience Kennebunkport’s laid-back luxury in your private resort cottage nestled amid tall trees and lush landscape at the Cape Arundel Inn. Tucked into a picturesque neighborhood this tranquil setting is just minutes to Kennebunkport’s top restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries and beaches. At Ivy Cottage you’ll enjoy the finest quality furnishings, soft linens and plush down bedding in your choice of three bedrooms featuring a luxurious king, queen or twin size bed. Sink into overstuffed chairs in the living room or sitting room and relax or restore on the tranquil front porch with your morning coffee or a glass of wine. Accommodating up to 6 guests, Ivy Cottage is a two-story cottage filled with character and charm with an open concept kitchen and dining room, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings with skylights, private backyard perfect for warm summer nights.

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Kennebunk Dog Park

The Kennebunk Dog Park is a spacious fenced in area where friendly off leash dogs come to play! Locals and guests alike praise this dog park for providing enough room for dogs to exercise and socialize naturally. The dog park is free and is operated by the Town of Kennebunk for the benefit of surrounding communities. Stop by anytime from dawn to dusk and let your dog make some new friends!

36 Sea Rd, Kennebunk, ME 04043


Dog Friendly Beaches

Goose Rocks Beach

Goose Rocks Beach is one of Kennebunkport's most stunning beaches. With 3 miles of beach and incredible ocean views, Goose Rocks Beach is a fantastic place to take your furry friends. While some restrictions apply during peak season, you can still take your dogs to this beautiful beach before 9am or after 5pm! In the off season (before June 15th and after Labor Day) dogs are welcome at all times but must be on leash.

Gooch's Beach

While staying in Kennebunkport, you may notice a few bumper stickers that read "Keep the Pooches on Gooch's". You can thank these wonderful people for fighting to keep Gooch's Beach a dog friendly seaside destination. Similarly to Goose Rocks Beach, from June 15 to Labor Day, dogs are welcome before 9am and after 5pm under voice control or on a leash. After Labor Day to June 14th, dogs are permitted on the beach at any time, on leash or off leash. All off leash dogs should be under voice control with good recall skills!

Kennebunk Beach

Right over the bridge in Kennebunk, Kennebunk Beach is a dog friendly slice of paradise. The story remains the same, during peak season dogs are allowed on the beach before 9am and after 5pm. Once the summer is over, bring your dogs by at any time! Kennebunk Beach is for on leash dogs only, so keep that in mind. 

Dog Friendly Shopping

Scalawags Pet Boutique

Whether you're looking for treats, toys, or doggy swag, Scalawags is the place to be. Located in the bustling dog friendly hub of Dock Square, Scalawags is not only a pet friendly shop but also a social hangout for dogs! Bring your pooch inside and let them say hello. Visit their website or follow the Scalawags Instagram to find out more!

3 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Digs, Divots & Dogs

Also in Dock Square, Digs, Divots & Dogs is filled with dog-centric art and collectibles, representing 150 different breeds of dog! If you're looking for a door stopper that looks like a Golden Retriever (and comes in three different shades) this is where you'll find it! A coaster featuring a painting of an English Bulldog playing on a beach? You guessed it. Right here! The store also sells leashes, raincoats for dogs, and lobster shaped dog treats.

31 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Reigning Cats and Dogs

Reigning Cats and Dogs provides quality food, treats, supplements, and all of the other dog necessities you might need if you take your dog on a vacation. Don't worry if you forgot the kibble at home! Just stop over at Reigning Cats and Dogs to grab food for Fido.

3 Garden St, Kennebunk, ME 04043


Dog Friendly Dining

The Burleigh

The Burleigh is located in the heart of Dock Square in Kennebunkport, ME. The outdoor patio is a great spot to hang out and dine with your dog. Diners will enjoy fresh Maine seafood, signature burgers, and unique takes on classic home-style fare, along with creative cocktails, local beers & wines.

1 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

The Dory

Minutes away from downtown, this Kennebunkport restaurant’s laid back atmosphere makes it an appealing gathering spot for family and friends with a menu featuring burgers, salads, sweet treats, and portable cocktails, beer, & wine. Go to The Dory for Yappy Hour and get food and drink specials when you bring your dog!

29 S Main St, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant

The Boathouse is a waterfront hotel and restaurant located on the banks of the Kennebunk River.  Surrounded by working marinas, The Boathouse epitomizes its chic, coastal locale in Kennebunkport. Chef John Shaw’s “classic Maine” menu focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences with a full Lobster Bar serving Maine oysters, Little Neck clams, and scallop crudo. Dogs are welcome for outdoor dining on the cocktail deck.

21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046



Angelus Urgent Veterinary Care

When you're on vacation, if something happens to your pet it's not easy to get into a regular veterinarian. Angelus Urgent Veterinary Care in Kennebunk, ME is available for you if your dog needs medical care while you're on vacation. 

Port City Veterinary and Referral Hospital

40 minutes away from Kennebunkport in Portsmouth, NH is Port City Veterinary and Referral Hospital. This is a 24/7 emergency veterinary hospital. Their staff are some of the best around. If your dog requires a specialist vet, Port City more than likely has the specialist they need.

Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialist Care

Similar to Port City but located to the North in Portland, ME. PVESC is open 24/7 and just under 40 minutes from Kennebunkport, ME.