Old Orchard Beach, ME

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Old Orchard Beach showing a sandy beach and landscape views
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.

Where to stay in Old Orchard Beach

Alouette Beach Resort
Alouette Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
91 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
The price is $99 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11
Stay at this beach motel in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (569 reviews)
"My husband and I booked a cheap room to stay at the night prior to a very early flight out of the Portland jetport. We were greeted by an incredibly friendly front desk manager and explained we were checking out prior to 4am. He immediately Offered to upgrade our room to something nicer and more ..."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

Waves Oceanfront Resort
Waves Oceanfront Resort
3 out of 5
87 W Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (248 reviews)
"I would stay here again, but it was a bit pricey for how outdated it was."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Grand Beach Inn
Grand Beach Inn
3 out of 5
198 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
The price is $147 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
3.2/5 (797 reviews)
"Great front desk service"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Third-floor coastal condo w/ fast WiFi and wonderful views - dogs OK
Third-floor coastal condo w/ fast WiFi and wonderful views - dogs OK
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy a water park, a TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Harmon Historical Museum and Old Orchard ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (12 reviews)
Clean
"Ac in bedroom and 2 fans. Nice clean place"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Oceanfront condo!!!!  Steps to 7 mile beach & downtown OOB. 3rd floor w/elevator
Oceanfront condo!!!! Steps to 7 mile beach & downtown OOB. 3rd floor w/elevator
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Stay at this beach condo in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a water park. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (129 reviews)
Wonderful property
"Stayed here for my honeymoon nice little property with direct beach access and an amazing view a little quiet around town as a Old Orchard Beach is in its off-season but still found plenty of things to do around the town loved watching the sunrise in the morning and setting at night my only note ..."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

Sands Townhouses
Sands Townhouses
2.5 out of 5
64 W Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
Stay at this apartment in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Old Orchard Beach and Old Orchard Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Been staying there for quite a few years. Has a kitchenette and 2 bedrooms (Plus pull-out couch). Best deal going."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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