Jun 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Known as “Maine’s Premier Family Beach Resort” and selected as the Best Beach in Maine by Yankee Magazine, Old Orchard Beach is home to seven miles of fine sandy beaches that are the perfect destination for family fun in the sun. The beach at Old Orchard Beach is supervised by seasonal lifeguards and offers a multitude of outdoor recreational activities including parasailing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, sand castle building, and simply relaxing on the beach. Nearby, you can play 18 holes of golf or treat the family to a round of miniature golf.
Of all of the many attractions Old Orchard Beach offers, it is perhaps best known for New England’s only beachfront amusement park and The Pier, a long-standing historic landmark since 1898.
There is no shortage of places to stay in Old Orchard Beach. Here you can find all types of accommodations - both beachfront and within town, for every budget and need. Make your reservations early, as rooms in this popular town fill up quickly during the summer months.
There are also dozens of campgrounds in and around the area. Here you can find everything from basic tent campsites to full-service, resort-style campgrounds with hookups for large RVs and everything in between. Some campgrounds, such as Powder Horn Family Camping Resort, offer pools, Jacuzzis, miniature golf courses, activities, playgrounds, movies, tennis courts, and more right there on the premises.
The vibrant town of Old Orchard Beach boasts a variety of restaurants, music venues, antiques, quaint shops, and a lively nightlife. Stores and shops line the streets, offering everything from beach gear to hand-made pottery. Stop in at one of the many beach-themed stores to pick up some watersport gear or an OOB souvenir.
A visit to Old Orchard Beach isn’t complete without a stop at Candy Shores for one of their famous chocolate turtles. As a family-owned business for over 20 years, Candy Shores makes over 20 flavors of fudge, as well as caramel corn, candy apples, cotton candy, and peanut brittle. This is a true Old Orchard Beach tradition!
Old Orchard Beach is easy to access. Located just off the Maine Turnpike, Old Orchard Beach is only 19 miles from Portland, ME and less than a 2-hour drive from Boston, MA.