Kittery is the "Gateway to Maine," right across the Maine/New Hampshire border off Interstate 95. It is home to the renowned Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Seavey Island and includes Badger Island and a portion of the Isles of Shoals.
This coastal town has long been a gathering place for summer tourists. Juxtaposed with the cobblestone streets, quaint pubs and antique shops of old Kittery are the Kittery Outlets with more than 120 stores. Kittery’s shopping opportunities attract thousands of visitors who enjoy the views and sandy beaches as an added bonus.
Kittery is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River. Settled in 1623 by the British, and incorporated in 1647, Kittery bills itself as “the oldest incorporated town in Maine. Kittery is home to many historic homes and fine architecture. The First Congregational Church in Kittery Point, was started in 1714 and is housed in the oldest church building in continuous use in the state of Maine. Built in 1730, the church maintains a number of original features – including the 1730 pulpit, and the two-aisle design common in New England meetinghouses.
Shipbuilding began along the Piscataqua River in the 17th century, and some of the first ships commissioned by the U.S. Navy were launched from here.
Besides the beaches and outlet shopping, other areas of interest include John Paul Jones State Historic Site, several lighthouses and Fort McClary State Park.