Wells Chamber of Commerce

General Area Information

BEACH INFORMATION

SEVEN MILES OF OCEANFRONT  In the Town of Wells, there are four beautiful sandy beaches.  Wells Beach, Crescent Beach and Drake's Island Beach are open to the public, while Moody Beach is private (walking only - no sunbathing, fishing, stopping).

Public Restrooms are available and lifeguards are on duty, 7 days a week from June through September.

Public Parking Lots are located at the end of Mile Road and the Eastern Shore, at the end of Atlantic Avenue and the Jetty and Gross Lot at Drakes Island, RV and camper parking is allowed at the Eastern Shore and Gross Lot. Fees for parking apply (weather permitting) weekends in May and June; daily from 8am to 3:30pm, last week of June through Labor Day. Lots are open from 6am to 11pm daily. Overnight parking is prohibited.

Parking Fees: Motorcycles - $5 per day; Buses/RV's - $25 per day; Automobiles - $15 per day or a 10-visit pass is $75 (pass may be purchased at the parking lot or the Wells Town Hall, Route 109).

Beach Regulations:

1. No alcoholic beverages may be possessed or consumed on any public beach;

2. No littering - all refuse must be placed in containers provided;

3. No burning of wood on the beach without a permit from the Fire Department;

4. No overnight parking - lots close at 11pm;

5. No possession of fireworks;

6. No nudity;

7. No unauthorized motor vehicles on beach;

8. No criminal trespass on beach property;

9. No leaving animals unattended in a vehicle during summer season.

Dogs are restricted from the beach areas from 8:00am to 6:00pm from June 16 to September 15. After 6:00pm to 8:00am, dogs are allowed on the beach and must be on a leash and under the charge of a responsible person. Disposal bags and containers for dog waste are located at many of the beach entrances.  Exceptions: Does not apply to seeing eye dogs or other dogs assisting an individual with a disability.

RECREATION

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking on their one-mile Carson Trail which meanders through pine woods and offers views of expansive, tidal saltmarshes. Leashed pets are allowed on the Trail. The refuge also offers wildlife observations, photography, interpretive programs, hunting and limited boating opportunities. 207-646-9226

Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The Reserve's 7 miles of trails provide spectacular views and access to woodlands, fields, wetlands, beach and dunes. The gentle terrain is ideal for casual hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The varied landscape is prized by artist, photographers and nature lovers of every age. 207-646-1555

Wells Harbor is operated by the Town of Wells and contains a private marina offering canoe and kayak rentals, fishing bait and tackle. Boats on trailers can be launched from the Harbor for a fee. No fees apply to the launching of kayaks, canoes or sailboards. 207-646-3236

Wells Harbor Community Park includes the Hope Hobbs Gazebo, the Wells Rotary Pavilion, the Jeffrey Thompson Memorial Playground, the Knights of Columbus handicapped accessible observation deck, bocce ball and horseshoe courts. Free summer concerts are held every Saturday evening from July to Labor Day. Some of these facilities can be rented for private parties and weddings. 207-646-5113 x 200

Wells Recreation Park consists of 70 acres which includes nature trails, soccer fields, baseball fields, a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic area and horseshoe pits. Public restrooms are open May through October. Tennis courts are available for use May through October (fees apply). Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available for rent in the winter months. 207-646-5826

Eastern Trail Alliance Bicycle Trails. Sections of the Eastern Trail on-road bicycle route includes the back roads in Wells. The route is a recreational and transportation greenway connecting Kittery to South Portland, Maine.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Wells Public Library. Dedicated in 1979 the library houses of 44,000 titles in multiple formats. The library provides free access to the Internet as well as wireless access. During the year, the library offers weekly programs for all ages. The summer reading programs offer incentives and special events for residents and vacationers. The "Friends of the Wells Public Library" sponsors an on-going book sale, an annual summer book sale, fall craft show an many other events. 207-646-8181

Wells-Ogunquit Center at Moody (Senior Center) welcomes both residents and non residents 50 years or older and is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. The Center offers educational sessions, exercise, health programs, social events and games. 207-646-7775

POINTS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST

Meetinghouse Museum. The Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit maintains this Nationally Registered building at the site of the original meetinghouse, located on Route 1. Artifacts, memorabilia and genealogies of the earls Wells and Ogunquit residents provide insight relative to our early historic seacoast community. 207-646-4775.

Schoolhouse Division No. 9. The Schoolhouse was built by the Town of Wells between 1899-1901 on a half acre of land at a total cost of $848.72. The Town restored the site in 1976. It stands today as it did over 100 years ago. The Schoolhouse is open to the public in July and August on Thursdays from 1:30-4:00pm. The Schoolhouse is located on Route 9 about 5 miles from Route 109.

Bridge of Flowers at Webhannet Falls Park. A joint endeavor of the Webhannet Garden Club and the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit, recognizes the site where Edmund Littlefield established the first permanent mills on the banks of the Webhannet River in 1640-1641. It is located on Route 1 just south of the Coast Village Inn & Cottages.

Local Monuments

Storer Park commemorates the battle between the French, Indians and Wells' early residents.  This small park is on Route 1 adjacent to the Garrison Suites.

North of Howe's Floor Store on the west side of Route 1, a marker sits at the site of Col. John Wheelwright's Garrison at "Town End".  It was from there that Esther Wheelwright was captured by Indians and taken to Canada.

MEETINGS

AA. 1-800-737-6237.  Thursdays 8:00pm, Wells Congregational Church, Route 1.  Fridays 7:30pm and Saturdays 8:00am, St. Mary's Church, Eldredge Road.

ALANON 1-800-498-1844.  Thursdays 7:30pm, Wells Congregational Church, Route 1.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL.  Wells - Mondays 7:30am, Coastal House, Route 1. 

Ogunquit - Wednesdays, 12:15pm, Beachmere Inn, Beachmere Place.

WEIGHT WATCHERS.  Monday 5:30 - 7:00pm & Tuesdays 8:30am, Wells-Ogunquit Center at Moody (Senior Center), Route 1.

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