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Popular amenities for Wells vacation rentals

Stay near Wells's top sights

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge62 locals recommend
Maine Diner52 locals recommend
Congdon's Doughnuts64 locals recommend
Mike's Clam Shack26 locals recommend
Billy's Chowder House41 locals recommend
The Steakhouse65 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Wells

  • Total rentals

    640 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    14K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    430 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    90 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    220 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    270 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Wells


The third-oldest town in Maine, little Wells (established 1643) has picked up a couple of additional superlatives in its nearly 400-year history, including Friendliest Town in Maine, and the state’s Antiques Capital. Located in coastal York County, between Ogunquit and Kennebunk, Wells attracts summer tourists with its sandy beaches, perfect New England vistas, and more than 25 antique shops selling period furniture, vintage jewelry, and rare books. Even with its increased population in summer, Wells remains a more relaxed, less crowded alternative to nearby Old Orchard Beach. Between the natural attractions and the irresistible charm of small-town village life, the options are endless: Pick up fresh local blueberries at a farmers’ market; go for a summertime swim (or surf) at Wells Beach or Drake’s Island Beach; kayak the Webhannet River; or treat the family to a lobster-roll picnic lunch at Wells Harbor Park.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Wells

Summer is the high season all across Maine. Balmy days with gentle breezes and temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit make a day at the beach an enticing proposition. The water is warm enough for swimming between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The fall is an especially lovely time to book one of the area’s vacation rentals, when the storied New England foliage is in full multicolored effect, and it’s still warm enough to enjoy the great outdoors, provided you pack warmer layers. By January, expect freezing temperatures, snowfall, and overnight lows averaging a frigid 12 degrees.

Top things to do in Wells

Nature preserves

Get up close and personal with the migratory birds, cottontail rabbits, and other residents of York County’s saltwater marshes at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, located just across the river and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both feature miles of nature trails that wind through wild landscapes, from rivers to forests to marshland.


Famous as the summer retreat of former presidents, this nearby town is worth exploring for its charming beaches, the 1833 Goat Island Lighthouse, and the Seashore Trolley Museum, the world’s largest mass transit museum, with its collection of historic streetcars.


This neighboring town comes alive with cultural offerings in the summer: there are musicals at the local playhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and work by Maine artists on display at the local galleries and its Museum of American Art.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Wells?

    Wells experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are warm with temperatures averaging 80°F (27°C), while winters can be cold, averaging 20°F (-6°C), perfect for winter activities like ice-skating and snowshoeing.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Wells?

    Popular activities in Wells include bird watching at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, hiking at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, exploring the Wells Auto Museum, or enjoying a day at Wells Beach.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Wells?

    The most popular time to visit Wells is during the summer, from June to August, when the weather is warm, averaging 80°F (27°C). During this time, the town hosts the frequently suggested Wells Harborfest, a family-friendly event featuring games, food, and live music.

  • What are the best places to stay in Wells?

    Popular areas to stay in Wells include Wells Beach with its scenic coastline, Moody with its proximity to Ogunquit, and Drakes Island which is known for its peaceful environment.

  • What are the best places to visit in Wells?

    In Wells, you can explore popular places such as the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, a coastal science center with trails, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for migratory birds, and the Wells Auto Museum, showcasing vintage automobiles.

  • What are some hiking trails in Wells?

    Wells has various hiking trails for exploration. Some include the trails at Wells Reserve at Laudholm with seven miles (11 km) of diverse paths, and the Carson Trail at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, a one-mile (1.6 km) loop through a salt marsh ecosystem.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Wells?

    Popular day trips from Wells include exploring the charming seaside town of Ogunquit, just 10 miles (16 km) away, or visiting the bustling city of Portland, located 35 miles (56 km) to the north.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Wells?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Wells. From over 60 condo rentals, over 240 house rentals, over 120 cottage rentals to over 10 cabin rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Wells's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Wells's top attractions. We offer over 1,560 vacation rentals near Maine Diner, over 1,560 vacation rentals near Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, and over 2,100 vacation rentals near Congdon''s Doughnuts, and so much more! Experience the best of Wells right on your doorstep.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Wells?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 270 vacation rentals in Wells featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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