Old Orchard Beach Travel Guide

    by Rich62
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Old Orchard Beach Things to Do


    WE WERE THERE IN MID-MAY, when the tourist season had not gotten into full swing yet. so there was only one tavern open on the pier. But the pier looked like it would be pretty lively later on.CLICK THE PHOTO TO SEE MORE...

  • Check out what's going on in OOB

    Before you get here, check out what may be happening during your visit. During the summer there are free concerts in the park, plus fireworks every Thursday night. September brings antique cars, bike fest, music festivals and more.

  • Aquaboggan Waterpark

    Aquaboggan is Maine's biggest waterpark and it's located just a 10 minute ride away from the beach, in Saco. There's a nice variety of waterslides, along with a large wave pool and an aquasaucer, which turned out to be everybody's favorite water attraction! If you buy an all-access Super Pass, you'll also be able to play miniputt, go for a ride in...

  • Funtown/Splashtown for rides and...

    Funtown/Splashtown is both an amusement park and a waterpark. It is possible to visit both separately, or you can buy a combo pass to do both on the same day. Funtown is Maine's biggest amusement park and it offers a wide variety of kiddie rides, family rides and thrill rides. My favorite was the Thunder Falls Log Flume, but Kevin and Alex...

  • Pirate's Cove miniature golf

    Pirate's Cove offers two 18-hole miniature golf courses in a great setting. The "Captain's Course" and "Blackbeard's Challenge" will take you across bridges, up a mountain and down through a cave with waterfalls. Don't be surprised if you happen to lose your ball down a stream: we saw dozens of balls floating in a lake near the end of the courses,...

  • Palace Playland, Maine's beachfront...

    The great thing about Palace Playland is that it's located right next to the beach, so that you can go for a ride, cool off in the waves, and go back for more rides! Admission is free, so parents can accompany their children without having to buy a pass. The park isn't as big as the nearby Funtown, but the rides are different so kids will enjoy it...

  • Shopping, eating and drinking at The...

    The very first Old Orchard Beach Pier opened to the public in 1898 and from the start its purpose was to offer a variety of activities and entertainment to summer visitors. Throughout the years, it's been destroyed by storms and fires on different occasions, but thanks to its popularity it's always been rebuilt. Today's Pier dates back to 1980, and...

  • Going to the beach, of course!

    Old Orchard Beach offers no less than 7 miles of soft, warm sand, which turned this little town into a popular seaside resort as early as the 1850s! Most of the action on the beach is located around the pier, and even though it can look pretty crowded at times, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was plenty of room, even on the most sunny...

  • Ride The Ferris Wheel

    Aside from the going to the beach, head to the boardwalk. There are fun rides like tilt-a-whirl the matterhorn, a ferris wheel, and more along with a pretty fun arcade. Even just sitting on a bench and watching all the people go by is amusing. Old Orchard is a place like no other.Not into rides or games? Go to the pier, there are bars and...


Old Orchard Beach Hotels

  • The Beach House

    2 Roussin St., Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 04064, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Beachwood Motel

    29 WGrand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 04064, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Moontide Motel, Cabins and Apartments

    10 Traynor Street, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 04064, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Old Orchard Beach Restaurants

  • You want that fried?

    Not much food for the healthy, every place has pretty much the same menu, hot dogs, burgers, clams. I did find corn on the cob however. There are some good breakfast spots. The beach street cafe had all different kinds of pancakes like cocnut and banana. mmmm....There is a spot near the pier (at main intersection) that has beer for only $1

  • mmm, clams

    You won't lose weight here, but Deweys fried clams were just what I was craving. I ate an entire pint and could have eaten another. I love New England clams! Fried Clams

  • Monkey Cakes

    ok, healthy food is probably not going to be a goal on OOB. But Waves is a great place to gain flab while enjoying great pancakes. The restaurant seems to serve only breakfast and they have covered outdoor patio. It's a nice way to start the day. I had Monkey Cakes, which were stuffed with bananas and chocolate chips. Most others had Patriot cakes...


Old Orchard Beach Nightlife

  • The great Guinness chug

    The pier is a bunch of clubs, shops and restaurants. It was good people watching and one of the bars advertised the Great Guinness Chug every Saturday. Sounds like a good time to me. casual

  • The Big Kahuna/The Pier Patio...

    The Big Kahuna/The Pier Patio Pub/The Sunset Deck on the Pier at Old Orchard Beach.The pier not only offers a unique view and atmosphere but it has the best entertainment and food, day or night, along with shopping and lots of other fun businesses along the length of the pier. Anything you want to wear is great...from fancy to beach wear.

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Old Orchard Beach Transportation

  • Take the trolley to the beach!

    A trolley service connects most campgrounds to the beach so for only $1 per person, you can forget about driving through the busy streets of Old Orchard Beach and paying for parking. When booking a campground, just make sure to ask if that service is offered. Not only is it convenient, but it makes for a really fun ride!

  • walk

    OOB is a small town and you should be able to walk just about anywhere. Our hotel was 3/4 mile from the downtown area and an easy walk. Besides, parking is way too expensive.

  • Amtrak Downeaster

    We took the train from Boston's North Station to Old Orchard Beach. What a great deal. $41 roundtrip and it takes just over 2 hours. The Beach is a walking town, so this is a really good way to get there.


Old Orchard Beach Shopping

  • A 1,700 pound chocolate moose!

    If you're looking for something different to bring home as a souvenir, you might find it at Len Libby Candies. Of course, the store's main attraction is Lenny, a 1,700 pound milk chocolate moose surrounded by a family of dark chocolate black bears! But the store also specializes in sweet treats and souvenirs - you'll find a nice selection of salt...

  • Get your summer dose of beach reads!

    Another beautiful day at the beach but you forgot to bring a book? Just walk up to Wiggleweigle's Book Warehouse to pick up a few novels for just a few bucks! Wiggleweigle's offers a wide selection of new books at discount prices. There are many light romance and fantasy novels (perfect for the beach, I guess), but you'll also find some...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Old Orchard Beach Local Customs

  • Why is everybody speaking French?!

    Because it is located within such easy distance (about a 5h drive) from Quebec City, Montreal, and other cities in the province of Quebec, Old Orchard Beach has always been a popular summer destination for Quebecois and you should therefore not be surprised to hear more French than English spoken on the beach and elsewhere around town. Many...

  • Go for a swim!!

    The guy in the picture is Me!! It was a very refreshing swim!! It was my first swim in the Atlantic Ocean for over 20 years. That seemed strange to me as when I was a kid I went swimming in the Atlantic so many times in the summer.

  • Getting ready to crack the Lobster!!

    Man!! Everytime I see this picture I want to go back to Maine and have some Lobster!! Oh yea!! The Sweet Corn was pretty awesome too!!


Old Orchard Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for the bumper cars

    Beware of the bumper cars, they may look like fun but they are not as safe as they look i cut my knee on them and still have a scar 5 months later,

  • ouch, again

    The Funhouse is pretty dangerous. I'm not sure how many are injured every Summer, but I bet it's quite a bit. But it's all worth it to see those funhouse mirrors. Pictured is my older brother Mark

  • OUCH!!!

    ok, the Euro slide may look harmless, but when I hit the first bump I flew 3 feet in the air and crashed directly in the path of my nephew. I gashed my elbow and knocked his glasses off and scraped my hand. YOUCH!


Old Orchard Beach Tourist Traps

  • Shopping for the tourist junk along the...

    Well I guess everyone likes touristy souvenirs!! And OOB has plenty of'em! T-shirts galore!! And of course everything else that says Old Orchard Beach Maine!!

  • OOB Pier

    Well I'll call this a tourist trap but it is part of the Whole OOB atmosphere!! There are many small shops that have the touristy stuff!! But it is fun to wander around!

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Old Orchard Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • When in the Old Orchard area...

    When in the Old Orchard area you must see the lighthouses that are nearby. The PortlandHeadlight is the most famous. It is about 15 miles noth of Old Orchard. Twin Lights areon the same road too. There is also a nice one near Biddiford Pool.

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Old Orchard Beach Favorites

  • Hogan's Variety

    I love this place. It is so typicaly New England. A variety store run by an old couple where you can play lottery, buy milk, or sit down and have a nice cheap breakfast. Mr Hogan is entertaining and he loved when my Sister ordered cake for breakfast.

  • Lobster!! Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My son ready to tear into a Lobster!!!! We had 2 each that day along with some sweet corn on the cob, potato salad and some other traditional Maine goodies!

  • Awesome view from the pier!!

    You can get a great view of the beach from the pier!! I'm was surprised at how few people were on the beach when we went. It was still in the morning but it was a beautiful July day.


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