THINGS TO DO IN OOB

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A Seaside Playground for the Active Traveler

Old Orchard Beach is a haven for the active traveler. The town’s idyllic location on 7 miles of sandy beach and the clear blue waters of Saco Bay make it the perfect destination for family vacationers who seek adventure or who just like to explore new things. The Old Orchard Beach area offers you a variety of interesting and fun things to do in an amazing coastal setting that can quickly consume your day.

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Top 10 Things to Do

Old Orchard Beach is a casual beachfront town perfect for the ultimate summer family vacation. OOB offers a Coney Island-like vibe with a seaside amusement park, loads of unique tourist shops, lots of local food vendors serving Maine seafood and “Pier” fries, and several nearby alternative amusement parks and activities. The nearby towns of Saco, Biddeford, & Scarborough also offer families boat tours, saling charters, fishing trips, historic sites, and other fun activities worth exploring. With so many available choices, here is our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in OOB and the surrounding areas.

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Arts & Entertainment

The Old Orchard Beach area offers great arts and entertainment options each season — from high-octane to low-key, indoor to outdoor, and within and outside the community. This oceanfront community with its small town character has an active and lively arts and entertainment scene. From one of the last operational movie drive-in theaters in America to musical performances and Broadway plays to modern art and historic working transportation museums and one-of-a-kind learning centers to local night clubs and lively pubs, the Old Orchard Beach area serves as your central hub for exploring a myriad of nearby entertainment options and unique learning experiences.

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Beaches & Parks

Old Orchard Beach and the surrounding area offer some of the most scenic and pristine beaches and parks in Southern Maine. OOB itself is 7 miles of powdery white sand that runs through 5 communities: Pine Point, Old Orchard, Ocean Park, Ferry Beach and ending at the mouth of the Saco River in Camp Ellis. Ferry Beach State Park is a popular beachfront nature park with 100+ acres including nature trails, a picinic area, and a less crowded beach with changing rooms. Whether you are looking to just catch a tan, surf the waves, ocean kayak, build a sandcastle, or beachcomb for sea shells, there are a number of area beaches that are likely to fit your needs.

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Boat Cruises & Charters

Old Orchard Beach and several nearby coastal communities offer a variety of attractive options for venturing out onto the water. Whether it’s an entertaining and informative boat tour or a relaxing sunset sailing cruise, a boating excursion is a laidback, stress-free and leisurely way to experience the scenic beauty of the Maine coast. We have included listings for day trip boating excursions for the outlying ports near OOB as well as the local ports. These outlying towns such as Saco, Kennebunkport and Portland are within a 10-to-30 minute drive of OOB and are also located near many Southern Maine attractions.

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Day Trips

Old Orchard Beach is known for its beautiful sandy beach, amazing coastline, and iconic beachfront amusement park and boardwalk, not to mention the local seafood. But there are also several nearby attractions within a short distance of OOB worth exploring too if you have the time. Here are a few day trip excursions from Old Orchard Beach also worth your consideration during your vacation stay in Maine that aren’t too far away from OOB.

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Fishing Charters

Looking to go saltwater fishing in the Old Orchard Beach area? OOB sits on Saco Bay which offers easy and quick access to great saltwater fishing along the Maine Coast. Fishing boats cruise from local ports throughout nearby coastal towns and can steer you to some of the best offshore fishing grounds in Maine. Some captains use specialized power boats that troll tidal waters for stripers as well as cruise offshore. Others use bigger boats that head primarily into deeper water. There, you can try for smaller sport fish as well as hunt for the big game fish like Bluefish, Cod, Haddock, Sharks and Bluefin Tuna. There are lots of choices for saltwater fishing – from the hobbyist looking for a fun day on the water to more serious anglers looking for a real challenge.

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Fun, Adventure & Play

With its beachside amusement park, boardwalk, and iconic 500-foot-long pier, Old Orchard Beach has been Maine’s summertime playground for more than a century. Old Orchard Beach and the surrounding area are home to several amusement parks, including Palace Playland, Fun Town, Splash Town USA, Aquaboggan Water Park, epic minature golf courses, and a vintage outdoor Drive-in movie theater. The area also offers many water sports and scenic hiking trails. With lots of options for fun and play, OOB offers an intimate and affordable family vacation experience for those who seek adventure or who just like to explore new things.

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Golfing

Looking to golf in the Old Orchard Beach area? Golfers can find more than ten area 18-hole professional golf courses within 30 minutes of OOB, making it a great location to explore these local and nearby courses and still have time to catch some sun on the beach. Experienced and novice golfers alike are guaranteed a great time on the greens of these challenging Southern Maine area golf courses.

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Hiking & Walking Trails

Put on your hiking boots or walking shoes and sample some of the finest hiking and nature trails in the Southern Maine region. From walking the boardwalks of scenic Ferry Beach State Park to the wooded trails of the local area preserves to the historic walking paths of Saco and Scarborough, the Old Orchard Beach area has walking, hiking, and nature trails to please hikers and outdoor adventurers of every stripe and aptitude.

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Shopping

If you’re vacationing in Maine’s favorite summertime playground, you’ll want to bring a little piece of Old Orchard Beach home with you. Browse boutiques for fashionable finds, search for one-of-a-kind treasures and unique gifts with local flair for friends and family. Shop for Maine novelty items at a gift shop, or embark on a treasure hunt for a completely original local antique as an addition to your home in one of the many area antique shops. From vintage finds to luxury goods to one-of-a-kind treasures, you’ll discover something for everyone on your list.

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Discover the best of Old Orchard Beach with our travel blog highlighting special travel tips, sightseeing suggestions and local interest stories to make the most of your trip. We bring you insigthful articles about unique places, kid-friendly activities, and local entertainment that will help in planning your trip.

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Who doesn’t love a deal? We know we do. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family friendly stay, get a great deal on your Old Orchard Beach vacation. Here’s our list of the best Old Orchard Beach travel deals, vacation packages, and special discounts – all in one place – so you can save big and play more.

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