Why Every New Englander MUST Experience Maine’s Old Orchard Beach

Dina Fantegrossi ·

Growing up in Massachusetts, some of my best and earliest memories involved summer days at Nantasket Beach’s Paragon Park. Although it closed down when I was only four, I can remember longing for the magic of those fun-filled family days. That is until my parents planned a trip to Old Orchard Beach in Maine!

Dating back to 1631, this iconic Maine town has been a favorite tourist destination for New Englanders. Nicknamed the “Garden by the Sea,” this town is the perfect place for a summer getaway, boasting a 500-foot pier, iconic amusement park, waterslides, mini golf, amazing seafood restaurants, and of course, breathtaking beaches!

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Those who have visited before know that the major draw for kids big and small is Palace Playland Amusement Park.

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The classic Ferris wheel is a nostalgic favorite and offers beautiful views from the top.

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This throwback park is all but unrecognizable from when it opened in 1902.

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But the many rides and fully stocked arcade are sure to keep the kids busy and happy!

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After you work up a sweat, cool down on the Cascade Falls flume ride.

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The old-fashioned beach pier juts 500 feet into the ocean and is perfect for romantic strolls, fishing, food, drink fun and music.

The Pier

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Get your toes in the sand with a peaceful walk beneath the pier where the waves break.

 

Weekly summer fireworks shows begin every Thursday until August 25 at 9:45pm (weather permitting) and are free! Stick close to the pier for the best views!

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Old Orchard Beach is dotted with fish shacks, ice cream shops and all manor of festive vacation foods.

 

But the true standouts are the pier favorites fried dough…

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And THE ORIGINAL PIER FRENCH FRIES!

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After a few rounds of mini golf, remember to enjoy the real lure of Old Orchard Beach – the beach!

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This lovely little town is the perfect place to reminisce about your childhood and build new memories with your family!

 

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