Goose Rocks Beach
211 King's Highway
Kennebunk, ME 04046
Goose Rocks Beach
If you are looking for a secluded beach that is reminiscent of the past, Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport is the place to go. Off the beaten track, this quiet beach retains its charm just because it has no "improvements" to offer. There are no amusement rides, T-shirt shops or games of chance. Instead, there are two broad crescent-shaped beaches edged with sand dunes and stretching three miles. Fine silver white sand, gently lapping waves and wading pools left by the receding tide make it ideal for families with small children and people who just want to sunbathe and unwind.
When the tide is going out (but before it returns again), walk out to Timber Island on the northern end of the beach and explore its shores. Shell hunters enjoy looking for prized sand dollars on the southern half of the beach. The salt marsh at the south end is the place for bird watchers to look for piping plovers and lesser terns.
Sunrise At Goose Rocks Beach
Photo Courtesy of Cliff Mix
During the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, street parking is by permit only. For residents, beach permits are $3. For non-residents, Kennebunk Beach permits are $10 for the day, $20 weekly and $50 for the season. But remember, having a permit is no guarantee you will find a parking spot. It’s best to arrive early, especially on gorgeous summer weekends. Permits can be purchased at the Town Hall on Elm Street during the week from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, the Chamber of Commerce in Kennebunk’s Lower Village and 24 hours a day at the police station on Route 9.
Goose Rocks Beach parking passes are available from the Kennebunkport Police Department.
For picnic supplies, Goose Rocks Beach General Store is a short stroll away. There are a couple of other restaurants that offer fare ranging from casual to fine dining. There is no lifeguard, and there are no restroom facilities.
No dogs are allowed on the beach between 8 AM and 6 PM from June 15 to September 15. Leash laws and "pooper scooper" laws are always in effect. Bonfires on the beach are allowed by permit only which can be obtained at the police station. No alcohol is allowed.
Goose Rocks Beach on King’s Highway is about three miles east of Cape Porpoise; turn onto Dyke Street off Route 9.
Cooled by ocean breezes, the trio of beaches that comprise the area known as Kennebunk Beach 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. At the northern end, Gooch’s Beach, at 3346 feet long, is the largest stretch of sand and waves.
A busy beach, Gooch’s has room for beachcombers, castle builders, body surfers, sun seekers, swimmers and skim boarders. If you walk to the north end, you can watch the parade of commercial and pleasure boats going past the jetty at the mouth of the Kennebunk River. Gooch’s Beach is the place to go when the weather worsens and the surf gets too rough for swimmers but is ideal for intrepid surfers. At most other times, it is great for swimming or catching rides on waves. Portable bathrooms are available.
Rocky and more for strolling than swiming or sunning, Middle Beach is aptly named for its location between Gooch’s Beach and Mother’s Beach. It is 1200 feet long and has sidewalks running along its stretch for walking , biking and rollerblading.
Tucked in a sheltered cove at the southern end is Mother’s Beach, which is the smallest 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.
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. Beach Avenue is off routes 9 and 35.