Top 10 Things to do in Old Orchard Beach, United States

December 27, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Old Orchard Beach is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 8,624 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland−South Portland−Biddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Old Orchard Beach

1. Pirate's Cove

70 1st St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-2662 +1 207-934-5086
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Pirate's Cove

Reviewed By saradeer - North Carolina

We have been to the Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf in Bar Harbor several times and have always had a wonderful experience. Well, the one in OOB lived up to the high standards. Go first thing in the morning when they open, temperatures are cooler and not crowded. The staff was very friendly and very efficient. Would we return, absolutely!

2. Cliff Walk

Seaside, York Harbor, York, ME
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Cliff Walk

Reviewed By NHjo - Rye, New Hampshire

This is a walk that not many tourists even know about (it's not as famous as the one in Ogunquit up the road). However, it's less crowded, more peaceful, and has beautiful views of the harbor, a small beach, gorgeous homes and summer 'cottages', and glimpses of the ocean. Great little path to walk off a delicious meal at the nearby York Harbor Inn restaurant.

3. Funtown Splashtown USA

774 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072-9662 +1 207-284-5139
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

Funtown Splashtown USA

As Northern New England’s largest water and amusement park, Funtown Splashtown USA attracts families from around the region.

Reviewed By Bill M

Start at Splashtown because the lines are obscene by noon. An hour wait for a slide is ridiculous. They were fun, but not worth the lines.

Funtown is an average small amusement park. Most rides are or the shake n bake variety

Overall, had fun but not rushing back.

4. Higgins Beach

Scarborough, ME
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Higgins Beach

This popular beach is also known for surfing.

Reviewed By DaBiZi - USA

We came here on the off-season for a conference, and my children wanted to go to the beach. Higgins Beach has on-street parking to the side, better in the offseason. The beach is best visited at low tide, as shells and even sand dollars are able to be found. In October, the water is chilly, so don't plan to go swimming. My girls found sand dollars, which made them very happy.

5. Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 +1 207-934-2500
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Old Orchard Beach

Reviewed By Louetta - Georgetown, Massachusetts

If you're passing by on US Rte. 95 in Maine, Old Orchard is worth a few hours as a side trip but I would not make it a destination. Most of the motels are older tho clean enough and most have a pool, even those which are across the street from the beach. Restaurants are nothing special. There are lots of snack facilities right at the beach where fried foods abound. Expect to pay about $15 to park your car near the beach for a few hours. There is going to be some walking so if mobility is an issue it might be a problem. The beach itself is large by Eastern US standards, nice and sandy with a boardwalk in the central location. Swimming can be fun but there is a bit of an undertow and the water is a tad chilly as it is central Maine. If it were me I'd head for Boothbay or up to Bar Harbor and make it an overnight.

6. Pine Point Beach

Scarborough, ME 04074
Excellent
74%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Pine Point Beach

Reviewed By tarasmith585 - Danby, Vermont

This beach is so lovely and cleaned , but was not really impressed with the dogs going to the bathroom on the beach because it they have works your getting them so I recommend you wear shoes

7. Ferry Beach State Park

95 Bayview Rd, Saco, ME 04072-1701 +1 207-283-0067
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Ferry Beach State Park

Located between Old Orchard Beach and Saco, this 117-acre park offers white sand beaches with swimming, picnicking, trail hiking and guided nature programs.

Reviewed By lhamill - Otis, Massachusetts

We had stopped at Old Orchard Beach area on our recent...it was mobbed and after walking around and checking out the Playland our little group decided that we really wanted a quieter spot. We stopped at Subway in OOB and looked around for another beach and discovered Ferry Beach State Park. Yes, we had to pay to get in. But this is a State Park, this is some of the way they fund the park. We were the only people in the picnic area, which was shady and comfortable. After lunch we made our way to the beach area. We were so not disappointed. Found a nice spot to sit and enjoy the view. Spent several hours here. The ocean was beautiful. We will be back on our next summer vacation.

8. Banded Horn Brewery

32 West Main St, Bldg 13-W, Biddeford, ME 04005, Biddeford, ME 04005 +1 207-602-1561
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Banded Horn Brewery

Reviewed By Mo R

This place rocks...literally.
Came for a tasting. Upon arriving the first impression was "cool" making use of an old brick factory building.
Upon entering the first thing I noticed were the groovy Peaveys hanging from the ceiling then I saw the albums and turn table and requested Zeppelin which was promptly played.
Having never been to a brewery before I was in awe. I had the opportunity to watch the process while tasting four samples. My favorite was the pepperell.
My friends enjoyed the Russian imperial stout.
I was impressed with "green" ! Reusing so much that others would discard for being out dated & out of fashion but this was I found so cool. Getting back to home grown brews and home grown business it's the American Dream displayed right before your eyes. Excellent beer...a must if your in this neck of the woods!

9. Palace Playland

1 Old Orchard St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-2222 +1 207-934-2001
Excellent
26%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 476 reviews

Palace Playland

The only beach front amusement park in New England. Lots of fun rides and food for the whole family.

Reviewed By JDTravelCanada - Canada

Lots of carnival style rides, a few newer rides and cheesy carnival games. We all loved every bit of our visit here. The bracelet is the best value for the rides if you plan on staying for any length of time.
Also had fun playing the arcade games. Try not think about how much money you spend to win tickets so you can get a toy from the prize desk.

10. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center

Route 9 / Pine Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074-8856 +1 207-883-5100
Excellent
62%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center

Reviewed By Maurene_K - Dover, New Hampshire

The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is small. It has two buildings. One is the main building that has informational material and a small gift shop with T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and more, plus it rents kayaks; the other is an educational center.

My visit was on a very warm, slightly humid day. There was a light breeze that made being outdoors bearable. I spent some time out on the back deck overlooking the marsh. It was very scenic with the irregularly-shaped marsh and all the water inlets that snaked their way through the marsh. The water reflected the blue of the sky.

In the educational center, I went through some exhibits. I learned that this marsh was formed when the last glacier receded about 10,000 years ago. It is the largest salt marsh in Maine. And, salt marshes produce tons of organic matter to support marine life.

There is a brochure that is a guide to the Scarborough Marsh Nature Trail. It explains eleven of twelve points of interest. Along the trail, one can see cattails, wild asters, goldenrod, clover, cord grass, sea lavender, and salt hay. One can hope to see a red-winged blackbird, snowy egret, heron, or sandpipers. This trail is separate from the Eastern Trail which has a section about 1/4 of a mile down the road.

Driving along Pine Point Road afterwards, I saw three snowy egrets at different places in the marsh. They were fishing for their lunches.

I enjoyed my visit here. I rated this attraction at 4.0.

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