Drive down to York's Wild Kingdom!
Looking for yet another family activity? The Wild Kingdom zoo and amusement park is located about 30 minutes away from Old Orchard Beach. The zoo features animals from all over the world and at the animal show, the caretakers will explain how everything possible is done to replicate the animals' natural environment and behaviour in the wild. In fact, the animal show is not about tricks and such, it's about giving information about some of the zoo's most interesting species. There are certain animals you are allowed to feed (goats, deer and ducks), and paddle boats are available free of charge to get a closer look at the ducks (ours was broken and therefore made for a very long but hilarious ride!).
The zoo's amusement park is not very big, but with our discount coupons (available in the park's brochure that can easily be found in Old Orchard Beach) it ended up costing only an additional $2 for the rides. The kids still enjoyed it because the rides were different from those in Old Orchard Beach, although I don't think my niece will be going back in the haunted house anytime soon!!
And while you're there, you should definitely take a few minutes to walk down Main Street (near the amusement park's entrance). On your way to the beach, you'll find plenty of souvenir and novelty shops, along with many candy stores!
The entrance to the zoo is located on Route 1. You can also take I-95 and get off at the York/Ogunquit exit.
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When in the Old Orchard area...
When in the Old Orchard area you must see the lighthouses that are nearby. The Portland
Headlight is the most famous. It is about 15 miles noth of Old Orchard. Twin Lights are
on the same road too. There is also a nice one near Biddiford Pool.
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