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

April 21, 2017

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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