Looking for some serious chill time? A good ole fashion beach vacation? A place with a wide, sandy dramatic beach and tons of charm? A place that will not break the bank! Old Orchard Beach delivers all that in a family vacation and so much more … 7 miles of sandy beach … amusement parks for the kids, and the kid in you … parks brimming with rides, games, fried dough, hand-cut French fries and cotton candy … a place every kid dreams of … and every parent wants for their kids.
Unwind as you watch the sunset over a giant saltwater marsh. Kayak or canoe a scenic waterway filled with natural wildlife. Explore jetties and tidal rivers as you fish for striped bass. Watch the excitement in your child’s eyes as you ride the beachside amusement rides. Your Maine vacation will include dining options to please every taste and budget, everything from roadside clam shacks to fine sea view dining to mouthwatering pizza by the slice.
Any golfers in the family? No worries, we have 18-hole championship courses to challenge the most skilled golfer and affordable 9-hole courses for the duffers, plus several family fun miniature golf courses. In fact, Old Orchard Beach offers you and your family more than you can squeeze into a week and all at affordable vacation values. And you can always do nothing at all but “chill” by Maine’s best beach, read a book and reconnect with family.
It is impossible not to have the time of your life in Old Orchard Beach. The gentle surf is perfect for swimming, walking and playing in the waves. When the kids get hungry, they can explore the Boardwalk for pizza, French fries, hot dogs and cheeseburgers, or you can choose from the many family-style restaurants around town. Try your luck at the arcade, jump on a ride, treat yourself to an ice cream or a frosty cool soda. Thrills, chills and frills-take your pick, or do it all.
Catering to families is a way of life in Old Orchard Beach. The Beach, the arcades and amusement rides, nightly entertainment, golf, fishing, auto races and harness racing are just a few favorite activities in the Old Orchard Beach area.
The Pier is the hub of the recreational offerings. Extending nearly 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the Pier, the Victorian Square and Palace Playland feature New England’s only oceanfront amusement park. During the summer, there are almost daily special events, festivals, fairs, concerts, street dances, and fireworks to entertain all.
Old Orchard Beach is easy to reach by plane, train or automobile. The Downeaster – Amtrak Train stops in Old Orchard Beach 10 times daily (late April through mid October) and Interstate Highways bring you right to the beach. By air, we are serviced by the Portland International Jetport, 13 miles north. Boston’s Logan and Manchester (NH) International Airports are less than two hours away each. Local bus service is directed to the center of town where you have easy access to numerous accommodations.
You’ll also find that Old Orchard Beach is ideally situated to go beyond a lazy day at the beach. The Route One corridor just west of town is a beehive of activity with water parks, an amusement park, restaurants and shopping. Twelve miles to our north is the Maine Mall, Maine’s largest mall, with a vast array of stores, shops and restaurants. The historic Old Port, with its cobblestone streets adjacent to Portland Harbor, is a dining, entertainment and boutique shopping delight. Old Orchard Beach is surrounded by the idyllic seaside communities of Ocean Park, Pine Point and Camp Ellis. Kennebunkport is just 20 minutes away, offering a variety of harbor activities, and more shopping. New England’s largest salt marsh is in neighboring Scarborough with guided sightseeing nature walks, kayak and canoe tours. Less than 30 minutes north is the bustling factory outlet town of Freeport, home of the world-famous L.L. Bean store, open 24/7, 365 days a year. And Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitter Store is right next door in adjacent Scarborough. Further north, Maine’s rocky coast beckons with such popular destinations as Two-Lights State Park and Portland Headlight in historic Fort Williams.
When vacationing in Old Orchard Beach, visit us at the Chamber Visitor’s Information Center next to the AMTRAK train platform. We will be pleased to provide all the assistance you need to make your stay more enjoyable
We look forward to seeing you at “The Beach” soon.