When the family gets tired of splashing and swimming along Old Orchard's endless beaches, head on up to its century old pier, now filled with good eats, thrilling rides, fun video games, as well as frequent evening entertainment like concerts, festivals, street dances, and fireworks.
Named after an apple orchard that sailors used as a landmark, Old Orchard Beach had already turned into a destination for vacations by 1902. Today you can take your pick from many activities and adventures. A water park, amusement park, miniature golf courses, and canoe and kayak rentals are great for the whole family. Or you can explore the deep sea by going on a bay cruise, an ocean tour, a whale watching adventure, or a deep sea fishing trip. On the main land you will also find a state park, a wildlife preserve, a nature center, and great biking trails. Just a ten minute drive from Portland, you can become a kid again at Old Orchard Beach in no time.