Only a few miles from our boutique Kennebunkport hotel, is downtown Kennebunk, a small but vibrant town that frequently is overlooked by its coastal cousin. But with several great restaurants and a new bowling alley, a trip into downtown Kennebunk is a fun way to spend an afternoon on your next lark to Kennebunkport. Make the highlight of your trip some time at Garden Street Bowl, a new bowling alley run by a trio of native Kennebunkers.
Garden Street Bowl takes the place of a small grocery store just off the main drag in downtown Kennebunk. The extensive renovation brings a moody, industrial vibe to the space with a large concrete bar and modern light fixtures. Plenty of seating is available at the bar, high top tables, and loungey black leather couches. With a great tap list and 10 lanes of bowling, the new lanes were immediately welcomed by everyone in town, from families to couples, when it opened in November of 2017. Afternoons tend to be family-friendly while weekend evenings are more like a bar scene, as the lanes are open until midnight. Air hockey, cornhole, shuffleboard, and darts round out the activities at this bowling alley in Kennebunk.
Although bowling may seem like it's the main attraction, the owners didn't want the food to seem like an afterthought. The restaurant Crotux, is a date night destination of its own, with great drink options and a menu of bar snacks, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Snack on poutine, kimchi deviled eggs, or crispy Brussels sprouts while you bowl or come for dinner and enjoy spicy chicken ramen or a pan-roasted duck breast with a blueberry stout glaze. A separate dining room offers a quieter option for dinner if you'd rather not eat near the lanes. Whether you're looking for an afternoon of games or a nice dinner out, you shouldn't overlook bowling in Kennebunk when you're staying at the Captain Fairfield Inn.