Only a 25-minute drive south of Portland, Old Orchard Beach is a classic New England beach town. Called “The Garden by the Sea” by its first settlers in the 17th century, it retains its natural splendor while at the same time offering plenty of man-made amusements such as arcades, miniature golf, bumper cars, and rides. It’s a place to rediscover your inner child—or, if you prefer, to forget about yourself completely as you lie on the pristine beach, letting the sun wash over you. The beach stretches for seven miles, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot.
The hub of all the fun is Old Orchard’s Pier, which extends nearly 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, creating a lively and unique setting for shopping, game-playing, and all sorts of tasty treats. During the summer there are street performances, festivals, fairs, and fireworks, most of it free.
Where to stay? There are scores of hotels, inns, and B&B’s to choose from in Old Orchard Beach, as well as houses for rent and camping opportunities.
Feeling up for an adventure? Kayaks and kayak tours are available in the nearby town of Saco. Contact Bare Knee Point Kayak Rentals at www.barekneepointkayaks.com.
From Portland, head south on I-295. After seven miles, merge onto I-95 heading south. Seven and a half miles later, take exit 36 to merge onto I-195E toward Saco/Old Orchard Beach. I-195E will carry you into town after two miles.
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