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Old Orchard Beach Maine for the Perfect Family Vacation

Updated on February 10, 2019
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I love to travel and Old Orchard Beach is like a second home to me.

Welcome to Old Orchard Beach
Welcome to Old Orchard Beach | Source

Vacation Fun

Old Orchard Beach, located in the beautiful state of Maine, has to be one of the best vacation spots a true beach lover can go to. For a fun packed holiday, Old Orchard offers not only fun in the sun, great restaurants, fabulous camping, cottages, house rentals, golf, nightly entertainment, surfing, fishing, and beachcombing but some of the friendliest people I have ever met. No matter what age you are you will find many fun actives to fill your time.

The Pier

The Pier at Old Orchard Beach has been constructed three times since 1898. The first pier that was built out of steel and had a casino and ballroom for 5,000 dancers. Between the first and second world war, the Casino hosted acts such as Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, and Louis Armstrong. Due to several storms and a fire in 1969, the Pier has been modified. Unfortunately, the Casino was demolished in 1970. The original pier was 1700 feet and the current pier is 500 feet that houses souvenir shops, places to get pizza, fries, hot dogs and cheeseburgers. At the very end of the pier, there is a nightclub.

The Pier at Old Orchard Beach
The Pier at Old Orchard Beach | Source
Old Orchard Beach Maine
Old Orchard Beach Maine | Source
Green and white sea glass
Green and white sea glass | Source

Fun Water Sports

With seven miles of sandy beach, Old Orchard is perfect for swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, body surfing, sunbathing, walking along the shore or combing the sands early in the morning for seashells and sea glass.

Trina Lyn
Trina Lyn | Source


Climb aboard the Trina Lyn and let Captain Todd Stewart take you on a fishing trip. See the whales, seals, dolphins, and porpoise out on the Atlantic while fishing or lobstering. If you have never fished before that is not a problem as everyone is welcome. To find out more about fishing aboard the Trina Lyn you can call (207) 284-2352.

Palace Playland
Palace Playland | Source

Palace Playland

Palace Playland amusement park has been in Old Orchard Beach since 1902 sitting on four acres of beachfront property. With 25 rides, 200 games, food galore and fireworks display every Thursday evening starting in June that runs until the end of August. For a full listing of times and days that the park is open please click here.

Veteran's Memorial Park

Every summer from July 1st to August 19th every Thursday evening you can enjoy a free concert at Memorial Park. Show's start at 6:30 pm and go until 8:00 pm.

Bands That have played at Veteran's Memorial Park

Type of Music
Delta Knights Band
R&B Classic Rock
Don Cambell Band
Contemporary, Country and Soft Rock
Rog & Ray
Caribbean Style and Latin Beats
Hat Trick
Playing music from the last six decades
HIgh Ryder
Dance Band playing classics from the 50's & 60's

How To Get To Old Orchard Beach Maine

Old Orchard Beach Maine:
Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA

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Hid'n Pines Family Campground is located 1/2 hour walk away from downtown Old Orchard Beach with reasonable prices starting at $25 per day. There is an outdoor heated pool, poolside snack bar, playground, basketball court, a rec center with a video arcade, water and electrical sites, modern washrooms, free WiFi, and two laundromats. To book a spot here, you can reach them at (207) 934-2352 and the address is 8 Cascade Rd., Rte 5, Old Orchard Beach.

Paradise Park Resort is also located within walking distance of the beach. You can reach this park by calling (207) 934-4633 and they are located at 50 Adelaide Rd., Old Orchard Beach.

For all other camping sites in and around Old Orchard Beach please click here.


Whether you want to stay in a cabin, luxury hotel or motel, want an ocean view or rent a condo, apartment, house or cottage, Old Orchard Beach can accommodate you. Book way in advance as all of these places do fill up quite quickly.


No matter what you desire to eat while staying in Old Orchard Beach rest assured there is a restaurant there for everyone. Who can go to Maine without trying seafood? Your choices for a delectable seafood meal are as follows: Clambake Seafood Restaurant, Captain's Gallery which offers seafood and prime rib, Bayley's Lobster Pound, Jumpin' Jake's Seafood Cafe and Bar Oceanside Grill @ The Brunswick and The Landmark Restaurant.

If seafood isn't your thing there are many other restaurants such as Bill's Pizza, Golden Rooster that serves breakfast all day, Jimmy The Greek's, JJ's Eatery Too, Surf 6 Oceanfront, The Taste of Thai Orchard, Venetia's Restaurant and Tom's On West Grand.

Favorite Ocean Quotes

I find myself at the extremity of a long beach. How gladly does the spirit leap forth, and suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep! A greeting and an homage to the Sea! I descend over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me, and bathe my brow. That far-resounding roar is the Ocean's voice of welcome. His salt breath brings a blessing along with it. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Foot-prints on the Sea-shore"

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen

On A Personal Note

Old Orchard Beach has always had a special place in my heart as far back as I can remember. This is where family members and I would go every summer for a relaxing fun-filled two-week beach vacation. It was like a family reunion. For over fifty years now different family members have been making the trip from Montreal, Boston, and Ontario. My uncle and my dad would go golfing almost every day and all the aunts, mothers and children would head down to the beach. At night we would have campfires, clam bakes and a great time. As a child, my favorite place was The Palace Playland and the Pier. One of my favorite memories is getting up at 4 am to go seashell hunting (beach combing) with my dad.

I would recommend Old Orchard Beach for everyone that can make the trip.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      OOB is a great place I agree :) Thank you John!

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      John Albu 

      5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

      I have had the pleasure to visit this place and it was an awesome experience. Would love to come back, sooner or later!

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      Penelope Hart 

      7 years ago from Rome, Italy


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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, Let me know if you ever do go back to Maine, maybe we could meet there one day.

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      Penelope Hart 

      7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This is a beautiful Hub. Looks amazing and I can really feel how you all love this wonderful place. And look at those happy fishermen.

      I love Maine, used to have a barn in Damariscotta but never visited Old Orchard Beach. What a miss. it is an amazing state though and I yearn to revisit.

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      Keeley Shea 

      7 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Good Changes. Parts are a little more modern because there is a nice hotel now, although too expensive for me! They kept a lot of the old too which I love especially the pier.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Keeley, My aunt and cousins still go to OOB every summer. I'd love to go back. Good changes or bad?

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      Keeley Shea 

      7 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Visited OOB for years growing up as a child. Every summer for a week or two my parents would rent a cottage! Try to go back every couple of years now. It has changed over the last couple of years!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Melovy, I love O.O.B. So many great memories. My cousins still go there all the time. It was closer for me to go there when I lived in Montreal. What a small world, you being way over in Scotland :)

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      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      I just noticed this hub Susan, and had to take a trip down memory lane. We had a holiday in New England 8 years ago and spend several days at Orchard Beach. The girls were 4 and 6 at the time and loved the beach. One of my favourite photos from that trip is of them running on the beach on a very misty day. There was us and about 2 other people on the beach but we had a great time.

      Thanks for the hub.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      TwilightDream, Thank you. Old Orchard Beach is one of my most favorite places. Glad that you enjoyed it.

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      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very beautiful travel information explained perfectly. Congrats for your hub score reaching 100 while I was reading this hub! Keep writing!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, Thanks so much. Maybe we could meet at OOB, It is about an eight - ten hour drive for me to get there from here.

      hazel, Maine is such a beautiful state but then again so is Colorado. Thanks for stopping by to read and for your comments.

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      9 years ago from Central PA

      Hi Susan! I'm from Maine so I loved this hub about my state. I'm in Colorado now, so no beaches for a while. Thanks for bringing back some great memories!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Another excellent hub! This does look like a perfect vacation! I Do want to make the trio with the kids - and they will go anywhere if there's an ocean involved. Interesting history too! Benny Goodman is one of my favs:). He could really play the clarinet!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      It seems as such! Now I feel silly for always going home to CA during my summer vacations when I went to school in DC. Ah well- more to look forward to now. I do hope to make the trip!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Simone, All the states on the east coast are absolutely perfect for a summer vacation. Hope that you make the trip one of these days as I am sure you would enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping by to read.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Oooooh!! I've never thought of Maine as a "summer" sort of place, but Old Orchard Beach sound like the perfect summer getaway! Between the music, camping, and beautiful local sights, I couldn't imagine a more charming way to spend a nice weekend. I MUST get here someday! Thanks so much for clueing us in on this spot. XD

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      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The New England states are on my list of 'must see', along with Alaska. My paternal grandmother grew up in Maine.

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      9 years ago

      Sounds like a lot of fun. I may have to add it to my bucket list.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      cardelean, I am sure you would love Maine. I especially like going through Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire with all the gorgeous colors of Autumn as well as in the summertime.

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      9 years ago from Michigan

      This seems like such a great place to visit. I have yet to visit Maine but like many other places, I'll get there one day. When I do, this will be one of the places that I go. Thanks for sharing that special childhood place of yours.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Denise, Thanks so much. Many of my family members still go to OOB and in fact they are going July 31st this year. I would love to join them but maybe next year.

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      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Awww, there's something special in writing about a favorite childhood place, isn't there? Nicely written with cool photos-made me want to grab my towel and head over to the sand. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      K9 Thank you so much. I do love Old Orchard Beach and all the wonderful memories I have from there.

      NMLady, Thanks for reading.

      Rette, You are so lucky to live so close to one of my most favorite places in the USA. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Rette Lee 

      9 years ago

      What a GREAT HUB!!!! You did a very nice job showcasing OOB. I live nearby and loved seeing someone share their love for my beautiful "backyard". It's also great to see others enjoy the beauty of this beautiful state. Thanks for sharing. ~ Rette

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      9 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      very cool

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      India Arnold 

      9 years ago from Northern, California

      I love the idea of the free concert at Memorial Park, what a great outing for the family or romantic acquaintance. And that blue and white sea glass is beautiful Susan! Perfect links for extended information as well. Outstanding hub! Up and Brilliant!...hmm...looking...oh well, interesting and awesome will have to do. ;)




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