Old Orchard Beach is by no means a stranger to tourism. It is visited by people from all over the world and is renown for its seven miles of sandy beach and historic Pier. Active summer months of cotton candy and ice cream cones, arcade games and boardwalks are a trademark of this oceanfront community.
There are more than 40 restaurants in town covering almost every ethnic taste. But, it?s lobsters that make the headlines here. Maine is famous for its lobster meals, and Old Orchard Beach is no exception.
Night clubs in town keep the midnight oils burning. Live entertainment and karaoke bars electrify the night. In summer, weekly concerts are held at the Town Square and fireworks top off each Thursday evening at the Pier.
Outdoor fun is part of the lifestyle here. The favorite sport is deep sea fishing for cod, haddock, pollock and the occasional mako shark. The Trina Lyn is a popular charter that chugs its way 25 miles offshore to throw a jig under 300 feet of water to make a catch..
Several golfing greens keep swingers in shape. The Biddeford-Saco Country Club, two miles from town, is a beautiful layout of lush green carpet with a course that is enjoyable to golfers at any level. Children are charmed by the miniature golf facilities in the area, as well.
Kayaking, skiing, camping and skating facilities of all kinds are nearby, adding to the zest of the area. And as if that's not enough to keep from being bored in this hyperactive little town, a mere half-hour away, an uplifting skydiving experience awaits brave hearts.
Orchard Beach is most popular during the summertime. But, it loses no charm throughout the rest of the year. Even when the snow begins to fly, a crackling log in the fireplace and a hot cup of good ol' New England clam chowder is enough to warm the heart and satisfy the soul.
Old Orchard Beach is 14 miles south of Portland.