Old Orchard Beach
Anyone who knows beaches - knows Old Orchard Beach. This beach destination has been enjoyed for generations, from the good old days of big bands performing on the famed Pier to fried dough and fried clams along the strip and the seaside Ferris Wheel overlooking the Saco Bay at Palace Playland.
Old Orchard Beach is best known for its 7-mile long stretch of uninterrupted sandy beach consistently rated as "Maine's Best Beach" by the readers of Maine's largest newspaper. But it's not just about the sun and sand at this resort town, Old Orchard Beach offers fun activities for every family member.
There are arcades and amusement parks to entertain all, even a roller coaster considered to be one of the top 5 in the country. The famous Pier is the centerpiece with seasonal nightly entertainment, concerts and fireworks each week.
Just a short drive from the beach are 10 golf courses, or you can putt around at mini-golf. The fishing and canoeing around Scarborough marsh, the rivers and Pine Point are something to brag about. If you are looking for a classic ice cream parlor and soda fountain, then journey to Ocean Park to discover an old fashioned summer community by the sea.
Just inland are two major attraction parks, Funtown- Splashtown and Aquaboggin. If you want to catch the latest movie, there are multiplex cinemas in neighboring towns of Saco and Biddeford. Bargain shoppers will find the latest fashions, sports and electronic stores at the Shops at Biddeford Crossing – Maine's largest shopping complex. A drive along the seacoast from Old Orchard Beach will take you to the peninsula of Biddeford Pool or north towards Scarborough and Prouts Neck where the Black Point Inn is located.
Old Orchard Beach offers accommodations for all tastes and budgets, including many directly on the beach. Whether you're pitching a tent, renting a cottage or staying at one of the motels or inns, Old Orchard Beach offers an unmatched family vacation experience.
Seven miles of beach, a 500-foot pier, classic seaside amusements and a tradition of gracious hospitality combine the best of the old and new. Special events throughout the year like Car Shows and Beach Olympics take place to add to the excitement of this beach scene. Old Orchard Beach is well reputed for its bountiful beach, affordable family amusements and a bustling nightlife if you still have energy after the suns sets from all that fun in the sun.