Old Orchard BeachUnited States of America

Experience some quintessential New England charm at this town known for its pier, waterfront amusement park, beaches and classic lobster rolls.

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.

Top Hotels in Old Orchard Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Friendship Oceanfront Suites
Friendship Oceanfront Suites
2.5 out of 5
167 E Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME
The price is $224 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Old Orchard Beach motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Orchard Beach and Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club is 2.3 mi (3.7 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (347 reviews)

"We did a day trip up to Old Orchard Beach and while at lunch we decided to try to find a place to stay overnight. So this was very last minute and could have gone very wrong. BUT....this place is awesome! The price was affordable. It was about 9/10ths of a mile walk to the pier. If feels shorter ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

Friendship Oceanfront Suites
Grand Beach Inn
Grand Beach Inn
3 out of 5
198 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME
The price is $172 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Orchard Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club is 2.8 mi ...

3/5 (438 reviews)

"I liked how it was close to the ocean. The service was nice. How it had a resturant at the hotel. The staff was friendly. And was nice and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Grand Beach Inn
Alouette Beach Resort
Alouette Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
91 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Old Orchard Beach motel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Orchard Beach and Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club is 2 mi (3.2 ...

3.9/5Good! (429 reviews)

"Amazing experience every time we go. Staff is very friendly"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Alouette Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach Pier
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Old Orchard Beach Pier

4/5(644 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Old Orchard Beach with a trip to Old Orchard Beach Pier. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

Old Orchard Beach
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Old Orchard Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Old Orchard Beach during your trip to Old Orchard Beach? Wander the beautiful beaches and picturesque gardens in the area.

Ogunquit Beach
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Ogunquit Beach

4.5/5(836 reviews)

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

4.5/5(171 reviews)

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

State Theatre
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State Theatre

4.5/5(88 reviews)

The beautiful mix of architectural styles, from Art Deco to Moorish, makes this newly renovated performing arts venue one of New England’s best.

Portland Head Light
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Portland Head Light

4.5/5(673 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Old Orchard Beach

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

$65
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Maine
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Maine

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets
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Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets

$99
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Guided Kayak Sunset Tour on Sebago Lake, Maine
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Guided Kayak Sunset Tour on Sebago Lake, Maine

$54
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Maine
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Maine

$10
Per adult
Private Full-Day Trip To Kittery Premium Outlets From Boston
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Private Full-Day Trip To Kittery Premium Outlets From Boston

$681
Per adult

Reviews of Old Orchard Beach

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good 36.49851632047478%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.121661721068249%
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1 - Terrible 0.5934718100890207%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

I love it in the off season!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 27, 2019

A place where memories are created!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

DT

Oct 23, 2019

Great location as a home base for great 1-2 hour day trips. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, North Conway NH Railroad, LL Bean, and Wolfe Neck State Park.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Off season but very nice

5/5 - Excellent

Ann-Margaret

Oct 18, 2019

The only downside at all which was not related to the hotel at all was there was a group of many “professional” dog training individuals there with mostly Malinowski dogs. They were rude, uptight & let their dogs poop everywhere & not clean up.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Nice location for a short visit.

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