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.

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Beaches, Sea and Gardens

Top Hotels in Old Orchard Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Grand Beach Inn
3 out of 5
198 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach
$159/night
Aug 14 - Aug 15
2.8/5 (311 reviews)

"Location was great. Loved the spacious size of the room."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Grand Beach Inn
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Seagrass Inn
2.5 out of 5
50 W Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach
$143/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)

"Can’t complain at all about our stay! Great location not too far from the main pier. Pool was good, they even have a large patio and grills! Would recommend the Seagrass Inn!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Seagrass Inn
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Old Orchard Beach Inn
2.5 out of 5
6 Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach
$175/night
Jul 18 - Jul 19
4.5/5Wonderful! (471 reviews)

"The property was beautiful, such a gorgeous inn! Check-in was easy, room was nice and clean, although there was no t.v. in our room even though they're in all the booking pictures. It was a very short 5 min walk to the main strip of stores, restaurants, bars, pier and arcades, great location! My ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Old Orchard Beach Inn

Popular things to do in Old Orchard Beach

Portland Head Light
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Portland Head Light

Look out across the Atlantic Ocean from Portland’s iconic white lighthouse, which has presided over the southern Maine coastline since the 18th century.

Portland Museum of Art
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Portland Museum of Art

Maine’s largest and oldest art institution showcases three centuries of American art and European masters in its architecturally impressive museum complex.

Victoria Mansion
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Victoria Mansion

Visit the remarkably preserved 19th-century manor house, located in downtown Portland. Get an authentic impression of life during that era.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House
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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

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.

Ogunquit Beach
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Ogunquit Beach

Collect shells, go bird watching, take a stroll on Marginal Way or simply admire the oceanfront views along Ogunquit’s beloved stretch of coastline.

Higgins Beach
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Higgins Beach

At the mouth of the Spurwink River in Scarborough, take a stroll on the white sand or paddle a kayak over gentle waves.

Top activities in Old Orchard Beach

New England Seacoast Excursion
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New England Seacoast Excursion

$82

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.

Operation City Quest of Portland, ME
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Operation City Quest of Portland, ME

$10

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.

Half-Day Guided Sea Kayak Tour in Casco Bay
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Half-Day Guided Sea Kayak Tour in Casco Bay

$65

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.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental
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Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

$25

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.

Portland: A Toast to Maine Food & Drink Tour
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Portland: A Toast to Maine Food & Drink Tour

$79

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.

A Walk Through Time in Portland - History Tour
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A Walk Through Time in Portland - History Tour

$26

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.