While Maine may seem like a long distance from Massachusetts, Kittery Maine is just a short drive from Boston. Located right over the New Hampshire border, Kittery is a wonderful place to visit for delicious food, great outlet shops, and beautiful views.
We try to visit at least once a year – preferably in the summer, but it’s also fun in the winter. Here are some things to do in Kittery Maine.
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Things to Do in Kittery Maine
Outlet Shopping in Kittery, Maine
Kittery Maine was one of the first places where I went outlet shopping, and it remains one of my favorites. Drive down Route 1, and you’ll find a number of outlet shops for some of the most popular stores, including Crate and Barrel, Lululemon, Under Armour, and Nike.
Unlike most of the newer outlet malls, the outlets in Kittery Maine are spread out in different plazas along the street. So, you’ll probably need to get in your car and drive up and down Route 1. In the frigid cold we experienced in December, that was actually preferable to walking.
It also makes it easy to drop off all of your purchases in the car before continuing your shopping.
When visiting the outlets in Kittery, if you have a AAA card, I recommend stopping at the customer service office located adjacent to Old Navy. With the card, you’ll receive a complimentary coupon book located with special deals. Not every store offers a coupon, but we definitely save money during our shopping trips.
During the busy months, the road does get backed up. It’s always easiest to shop on one side of the road first, then go to the end and turn around.
Other Shopping in Kittery, Maine
In addition to outlet shopping in Kittery, you’ll also find some other fun shops. The Kittery Trading Post is an iconic building featuring lots of brand name outdoor gear.
It’s not an outlet, but does offer a huge selection of gear that you may need to enjoy an authentic New England vacation.
Candy lovers will appreciate a stop at Yummies, which offers over 10,000 pounds of bulk and packaged candy. My kids enjoyed spending a bit of their Christmas money on their favorites including Swedish fish.
Definitely set a budget before you go, because it’s easy to want to buy just about everything.
Restaurants in Kittery, Maine
You can’t leave Kittery without a taste of some of that famous Maine lobster. There are several restaurants located right in Kittery that are great places to stop.
Robert’s Maine Grill – (lobster roll with chowder combo pictured above) offers delicious modern seafood. It’s a popular spot, so make a reservation if you are visiting during a busy time. They are on Open Table, which makes it easy to reserve a time.
When Pigs Fly Pizzeria – if you love pizza and beer, this is where you’ll want to go. Located just down the road from the outlets, this popular restaurant offers salads, pizzas, and more.
Bob’s Clam Hut – for more casual dining, you’ll want to visit Bob’s Clam Shack right in the heart of the outlets. This authentic clam shack offers fried clams, lobster rolls, chowder, and other fried seafoods. You order at the counter and then find a seat while waiting for your number to be called, so visit early for the shortest wait.
Other Things to Do In Kittery, Maine
Kittery and the surrounding area are also home to other things to do. Adventurous families will enjoy a visit to Take Flight Adventures, an aerial park with ziplines.
There’s also Fort McClary State Park, located right in Kittery. If you are traveling with younger kids, you may consider visiting the Mainely Fun Children’s Gym. It’s a great way to get out kids’ energy, and you can purchase a daily pass.
Kittery is right over the New Hampshire line from Portsmouth, NH, where you’ll find a number of things to do with kids, including Water Country. Another quick trip is to the Nubble Lighthouse, located in York, Maine. Portland and Freeport Maine are also nice day trips from Portland.
Where to Stay in Kittery, Maine
Many families who visit Kittery go for only the day, but there are several places nearby to stay. If you’d like to stay in nearby Portsmouth, the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside is beautiful, and conveniently located (see reviews here).
There is also a Residence Inn (reviews here). Most of the lodging right in Kittery is motel-style. The top-rated is the Kittery Inn and Suites. There’s also a brand-new Hampton Inn and Suites located adjacent to the outlets.