Old Orchard Beach, ME

Travel Guide
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

Grand Beach Inn
Grand Beach Inn
3 out of 5
198 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥28,372 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 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 ...
3.1/5 (681 reviews)
"Had some character to it (not cookie-cutter rooms), on-site dining establishment, close to beach. Clean. Ice maker didn't work though."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Grand Beach Inn
Seagrass Inn
Seagrass Inn
2.5 out of 5
50 W Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
The price is ¥29,103 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this beach hotel in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (317 reviews)
"Lisa and Peter, the owners are fabulous. The Seagrass is within walking distance to everything in Old Orchard Beach. It’s also the perfect spot on the coast of Maine with its easy access to the Maine Turnpike. We took day trips to Portland, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, Scarborough and Falmouth Foreside ..."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Seagrass Inn
Waves Oceanfront Resort
Waves Oceanfront Resort
3 out of 5
87 W Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
The price is ¥44,613 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
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! (161 reviews)
"Close to the beach"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Waves Oceanfront Resort
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
The price is ¥16,090 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy a water park, a TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Old Orchard Beach Pier and Harmon Historical ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (10 reviews)
Most Excellent!
"Perfect little space, very beachy. Excellent distance from beach and pubs. There’s a weird sound coming from the refrigerator every now and then and air conditioning would be a HUGE draw, but as it is, I still want to rebook your space again this fall 😊"

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Third-floor coastal condo w/ fast WiFi and wonderful views - dogs OK
2 min walk to the beach. Pet friendly condo
2 min walk to the beach. Pet friendly condo
Old Orchard Beach, ME
The price is ¥37,183 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Old Orchard Beach Pier and Harmon ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Great for family pets
"Dog loved back yard all fenced in."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

2 min walk to the beach. Pet friendly condo
Little Miss Cottages
Little Miss Cottages
2.5 out of 5
173 East Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064
Stay at this cottage in Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (45 reviews)
"Very close to the beach"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Little Miss Cottages
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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