One of the best-kept Old Orchard Beach secrets is a community tucked away from the crowds and distractions. Ocean Park is a Chautauqua-by-the-sea location between OOB and Saco. The public is welcome, but the value and traditions of this dry, wholesome community are firm.
The Eastern Trail runs 65 miles from Kittery to Portland, with a stretch running through OOB. It’s also part of a 3,000-mile trail from Calais Maine to Key West Florida.
The Old Orchard Beach Pier has been standing since 1898 but has gone through several iterations since the first 1,825-foot-long pier was first built.
Old Orchard Beach is known for its 7 miles of sandy beachfront, a novelty among Maine’s mostly rocky coastline. The long stretch is so well-known that, throughout history, it was used as a racetrack and a landing strip for airplanes.
Of all the lobster shacks in Maine, you have to walk up to this one. Like Bubba Gump listing off the various types of shrimp, Mainley Lobster Cafe offers a similar list — lobster rolls, lobster spring rolls, lobster mac & cheese, lobster BLT — but don’t stop there.