Palace Playland, New England’s only beachfront amusement park, packs more than 30 rides and games into about five acres. Here you’ll find bumper cars, roller coasters, a fun house, a Ferris wheel, an enormous water slide, and a 24,000-foot arcade with more than 200 games. The midway is full of attractions as well, such as old-time photos, games of skill and palm readers, and, if you stay late on Thursdays, a free fireworks show beginning at 9:45 p.m. The highlight of Palace Playland might be the Sunwheel, a 75-foot-high gondola that gives you a magnificent view of the area.
Admission to Palace Playland is free, but rides require tickets. Rides are divided into three main categories; kiddie rides, which are two tickets apiece; family rides, three or four tickets apiece; and coasters and thrill rides, three or four tickets apiece. Sign up for the Palace Playland Fun Club to be eligible for exclusive coupons and promotions.
Traveling with a large group? Palace Playland offers discounts to groups of 15 or more, as long as you make reservations at least 48 hours in advance. Click here for more information.
1 Old Orchard St.
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Hours: Hours vary, see website for details.
Admission: See website for current rates.
Directions: 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 the town of Old Orchard Beach after two miles, becoming Saco Avenue. Take Saco Avenue to the center of town, take a right on Old Orchard Street, and follow it a few blocks to the beach.
For more information, visit www.palaceplayland.com.