Set on Saco Bay, Old Orchard Beach is a mecca for sunseekers. It's fringed with golden sand and is brimming with New England charm, from colourful sweet shops and ice cream parlours to neon-lit amusement arcades.
Things to do in Old Orchard Beach
Make a beeline for the resort's 10-kilometre-long stretch of sand. It's a great place to swim, sunbathe or build sandcastles. You can also fish from the beach, rent a stand-up paddleboard or try your hand at windsurfing.
Kids will love Palace Playland, a beachfront amusement park featuring twisting roller coasters, a spinning Ferris wheel and a colourful amusement arcade. It's been delighting little ones since 1902 and is brimming with vintage charm.
If you want to stretch your legs, why not rent a bike and explore the Eastern Trail? Winding along the coast, the scenic greenway connects Kittery to Casco Bay. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is another popular green space. It's laced with hiking trails and boasts some of Maine's best bird-watching opportunities.
Maine is famous for its fishing opportunities, with local operators like Rippin' Lips Charters offering deep-sea fishing trips and the chance to reel in trophy-sized striped bass and bluefish. Little ones can also try their luck on family-friendly fishing cruises.
Getting around Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Beach is easy to get around on foot. From the town centre, you can stroll to the beach in minutes. Cars are a fast and flexible way to explore York County. Allow around one hour to drive to Augusta.