One of the most visited of all of the Maine beaches, Old Orchard Beach winds
for seven miles along Saco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. With an amusement park
straight out of another era, a classic boardwalk, wide stretches of sandy beach,
and a nearly endless list of things to do, this community in Maine has been
a beach vacation haven for generations. Located within fifteen miles of Portland
and an easy drive from Boston,
the seaside town offers an array of fun things in every season.
The Pier at Old Orchard Beach is one of the most popular draws, especially
in the summertime. Stretching out 500 feet over the Atlantic, the pier is the
site of many things to do at Old Orchard Beach, including shopping, games, and
tasty treats. When the weather is warm, a variety of special events are scheduled,
including fairs, free concerts, family-friendly festivals, and dazzling firework
displays. Many restaurants, nightclubs, and shops are located within a few steps
of the pier, allowing even more options for creating memorable Old Orchard Beach
Many people make time to visit Palace Playland while enjoying Old Orchard beach vacations. This charming amusement park right next to the pier features four acres filled with fun things to to do at Old Orchard Beach, including rides, midway games, arcades, and fun. Rides from the Tea Cup to the Terminator suit everyone from young families to certified thrill seekers. From the top of the Ferris wheel, the views of Old Orchard Beach and Saco Bay are fantastic. The fortune tellers, carnival food, and gift shops also keep visitors smiling.
Visitors can purchase a full-day pass or pay per ride, so a visit to Palace Playland can fit into any budget. The family amusement park, Funtown/Splashtown U.S.A, is just three miles away, offering even more rides and thrills.
The list of things to do at Old Orchard Beach isn't limited to strolling the
pier and enjoying the rides. Along the beach and in town, visitors will find
a long list of options to make all kinds of people happy. Fans of tasty food
can frequent lobster pounds, clam shacks, and local favorites serving the freshest
of seafood. The Harmon Museum will be of interest to folks wondering about the
history of Old Orchard Beach, and the Saco Museum features a fine collection
of art and decorative objects.
The options for outdoor recreation are plentiful too; nature buffs have plenty of things to do in Old Orchard Beach. The low surf makes it the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, and strolling the beach. Golf courses, miniature golf, kayak rentals, canoe trips, fishing excursions, and nature centers are all found in and around Old Orchard Beach.
Those looking for one-stop getaways can make reservations at Maine
beach resorts, where lodging, activities, and dining are all included. In
addition to the resorts, Old Orchard Beach vacations also include overnight
accommodations at bed and
breakfasts, campsites, budget-friendly motels, condo rentals, and full-service
At the far end of the beach lies Pine Point in the small town of Scarborough, offering many of the classic activities that have become hallmarks of Coastal Maine vacations. Visitors can taste lobster, shop charming gift shops, head on fishing trips, and enjoy the hospitality of Maine beach hotels. The town is also home to a large salt marsh, an interesting place for canoe tours and watching for wildlife.