Recognizing the importance of staying competitive in the tourism business and meeting the needs of our residential community as well, the community has a progressive vision for the future. It is more convenient than ever to get to Old Orchard Beach with The Downeaster (Amtrak) Train Service stopping just steps from the Beach six times daily from May 1 - October 31. The trains travel from Boston to the Beach on their route to Portland, stopping right next to our new Chamber Welcome Center. The town has plans drawn for a new community recreation center and the renovation of our existing Memorial Park.
The many changes have made for a very positive effect to Old Orchard Beach and its community. The American family has rediscovered our seaside community. Our motel and hotel rooms, quaint inns, B&Bs and campgrounds cater to every imaginable taste. Our dining establishments include award winning pizza and pier fries, cotton candy and caramel corn, family style and even five-star dining.
Old Orchard Beach is a community in which residents and tourists alike may take full advantage of a restful day on our seven-mile stretch of wide-open beach. Enjoy any of the dozens of rides and arcade games at Palace Playland, our seaside amusement park. Funtown/Splashtown USA is home to one of the largest wooden roller coasters in the country as well as a giant waterpark. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce provides a series of year-round events for residents and tourists alike to enjoy.
If one is looking for the "quieter side" of Old Orchard Beach, try camping, hiking or biking in our nearby state park, canoeing and bird watching in the saltwater marsh nature center area of Scarborough/Pine Point. There are few experiences that can compare to the peacefulness and privacy of strolling the sands of Old Orchard Beach looking for seashells. Whether your interest in our seaside community is to spend a vacation with a treasure chest full of wonderful memories or to relocate to the area, Old Orchard Beach is the right choice for you and your family.
Top 10 Things To Do
1. The Best Beach – Old Orchard Beach is simply Maine’s Best Beach. Every year Mainers affirm this in the Maine Sunday Telegram annual Readers’ Poll. Come see for yourself why our seven miles of soft sand is #1. Pull up a chair, sit back and relax and enjoy the parade of people near the landmark Pier. Or discover your own stretch of quiet, captivating coast by walking up or down the silky sand away from the Pier.
2. Awesome Amusement Parks – Old Orchard Beach’s old-fashioned seaside carnival atmosphere will delight the kids and the kid in you. Ferris Wheels, wild rides, games of chance, G-Forces, pick your pleasure… our beachfront amusement parks are packed with fun for the whole family. New England’s last remaining seaside amusement park.
3. Kayak or Canoe – Commune with nature, paddle Maine’s largest saltwater marsh in your own canoe or kayak and discover an abundance of wildlife. Or set your sights to sea on a fishing charter for a day of intense pursuit.
4. Meet at the Pier – Explore the centerpiece Pier that dates back to 1898. This famous boardwalk that stretches out over the Atlantic has a life all of its own. Indulge in Fried Dough or find a unique keepsake from a shop. By day, watch the waves crash below and at night watch the fireworks sparkle overhead. Dance the night away with the sea under your feet at the end of the Pier. The Pier is a landmark you will love as thousands of vacationers have for centuries.
5. Lobster – Crack open Maine’s premier crustacean – Lobster. All you need is a bib, some butter and a landlubber’s appetite. Try some fresh clams… fresh steamed or deliciously deep-fried… Maine’s seafood is always on the menu and where better to enjoy it than with an ocean view.
6. Discover History – Visit the Harmon Museum and learn about the history of Old Orchard Beach, from apple orchards to Indian attacks, Lindburg’s inspiration to use the famous Beach as an airplane runway, to Big Band sounds of Duke Ellington emanating from the historical Pier.
7. Link the LIghthouses and light up your Life – Tour the coastline and visit several nearby landmark beacons, including Maine’s oldest lighthouse commissioned by George Washington – the nearby Portland Headlight.
8. Castles in the Sand – Get down and dirty – stage your own family sandcastle competition. Dad - here is your chance to even out your lawnmower tan. Kids - when is the last time your parents got sandy with you? Keep in mind, Mom, that sand is a natural exfoliant.
9. Chill with some Ice Cream – Reminisce over deliciously cool homemade ice cream, and show your kids the classic summertime treat – long before lattes and frappaccinos became the craze. Take them to the old-fashioned Ocean Park Soda Fountain for a homemade ice cream soda.
10. Fore Golfers – Take a swing at our sand traps – Old Orchard Beach has more than 10 nearby 18-hole golf courses. Not ready for the PGA? Old Orchard Beach is also home to numerous mini-golf facilities for the future golf pros to practice their putts.