Old Orchard Beach is a popular seaside vacation destination in Maine. Its clean shoreline and refreshing waters are filled with families during summer. Pack a picnic basket, get to the beach early and spend a day by the water.
Rent a kayak from vendors along the sand and see the town from the water. Accommodation options line the 7-mile (11-kilometer) beach. Some of the bed-and-breakfasts were housese once owned by the rich and famous.
For a fun family day out, take the kids to an amusement park. There’s Palace Playland, which covers 4 acres (1.6 hectares) right near the beach in town. Ride roller coasters, carousels and a Ferris wheel with views across the ocean. Enjoy the water slides at Funtown Splashtown, which is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Old Orchard Beach.
As the sun sets, walk across the sand to the Old Orchard Beach pier. This was a high society destination in the early 19th century and featured a massive ballroom that hovered over the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors to the pier today can enjoy souvenir shops, restaurants and bars.
No Maine vacation is complete without one, or many, seafood feasts. Dine in restaurants overlooking the water. Try lobster rolls, a signature local dish most popular in summer.
Old Orchard Beach’s central location makes it ideal for day trips. Rent a car and drive half an hour north to explore the artistic city of Portland where you can spend an afternoon wandering through shops and galleries. A perfect photo opportunity awaits you at nearby Portland Head Light. This is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the country, and with the dramatic backdrop and historic architecture, you’ll soon see why.
Old Orchard Beach is easily accessible by car. The Amtrak runs from Boston to Old Orchard Beach during summer months. Once in town, it’s easy to reach most of the sights on foot.
Beaches, Sea and Gardens
Look out across the Atlantic Ocean from Portland’s iconic white lighthouse, which has presided over the southern Maine coastline since the 18th century.
Maine’s largest and oldest art institution showcases three centuries of American art and European masters in its architecturally impressive museum complex.
Visit the remarkably preserved 19th-century manor house, located in downtown Portland. Get an authentic impression of life during that era.
As you tour this historic brick home, trace three generations of Maine family history and learn about the cultural and political impact of its family members.
Collect shells, go bird watching, take a stroll on Marginal Way or simply admire the oceanfront views along Ogunquit’s beloved stretch of coastline.
At the mouth of the Spurwink River in Scarborough, take a stroll on the white sand or paddle a kayak over gentle waves.
Snap postcard-worthy photos of tranquil coastal scenery as you travel Boston's North Shore. When you reach Maine, stop for a view of the iconic Nubble Light—the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Marvel at Maine's 18th- and 19th-century architecture and sneak a peek at the Bush family compound.
Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.
This trip offers an island-hopping adventure in the archipelago of gorgeous islands that lie along the edge of Casco Bay. The many islands create endless options, so your exact route will depend on the weather conditions and tide cycles.
Soak in Portland's seaside scenery, get some exercise, and experience the serenity of SUP—stand-up paddling. Rent a paddleboard to cruise around the waters, inlets, and coastal attractions of Casco Bay, getting pointers from the pros at the rental shop if you're new to the sport.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: UNION Restaurant, 390 Congress St, Portland, ME 04103, USA Tasting and Beverage Pairing Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Solo Italiano, 100 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA Tasting and Beverage Pairing Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Street & Co.
Join us for a walk through time! This tour will begin on Commercial Street and continue for 2 hours through the historic Old Port, downtown and waterfront areas, sharing highlights of Portland's history since 1632.