For some visitors to Maine, every day is a beach day, bar none. For the savvy shopper, though, a trip to the Ogunquit coastline comes with a second destination built in: the Kittery Outlets. On top of the opportunities for Maine shopping here in Ogunquit, the Kittery Outlets are located near the southern entrance to our state, just twenty minutes down the road. This Maine shopping paradise is well within reach for quick stops and full-day shopping trips alike. You’re sure to find a deal on any visit, but these six tips can help you track down exactly what you’re looking for at the best price possible.
1. Timing is Everything
The Kittery Outlets are busiest in the summer, from the end of May until the beginning of October. If you plan ahead, though, you can time a late-spring or early-fall visit to avoid the rush and still enjoy gorgeous weather along the coast. These are prime times of year to find specials and packages at The Dunes, too. If you’re stuck shopping in peak season, get in and out early. The best time to shop on any given day is 9am, right when the stores open, and you can catch extra deals at Old Navy on Tuesdays. The Kittery Outlets are open every day of the year except Christmas and Easter.
2. Cash in on Coupons
The Kittery Outlets have a coupon book available for $5 at any of the welcome centers located around the store clusters, a worthwhile investment, especially for groups. It’s free with a AAA, AARP, or Military ID card and includes hundreds of dollars in savings at some of the best places to shop in Maine. You can find additional coupons online.
3. Prioritize Unique Stores
With over 120 stores, it’s nearly impossible to cover every stop on the list. Consider prioritizing stores that are tough to find anywhere else, including other outlet malls — the Kittery Outlets include one of only four Lululemon outlets in the United States. The famous Kittery Trading Post is another rare gem, with a variety of top outdoor brands under one roof at company outlet prices.
4. Aim For Teacher Appreciation Days
April 17 through May 3 makes up Teacher Appreciation Days at the Kittery Outlets. Teachers are welcome to stop at any of the Welcome Centers to receive a free gift bag. They can also enter to win a special gift basket filled with goodies and gifts from area businesses. Similar appreciation events happen each month, so be sure to check the sales and events page before your trip.
5. Make a Fun Shopping Map
It is definitely worth it to plan your Maine outlets excursion ahead of time. Because there are so many stores, mapping out the journey will make everyone’s time more enjoyable. Print out this handy Kittery Outlet map, find a highlighter, and start strategizing. We recommend starting at either the North or South end of the shops and methodically working your way to the other end.
6. Don’t Forget the Food!
Keep up your shopping stamina with some snacks and lunch along the way. Be sure to mark out the food stops on your plans and take the time to refuel, double-check your lists, and adjust plans. If you’re shopping on your way out of Maine, we recommend stopping for dinner and a drink in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.