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Old Orchard Beach

Greater Portland + Maine Beaches, Maine

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  • The entrance to The Pier.- Old Orchard Beach
  • A view of The Pier from the sandy beach.- Old Orchard Beach
  • A view from The Pier to the beach.- Old Orchard Beach
  • The Palace Playland roller coaster seen from the beach.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Park benches rest in the shadow of the Palace Playland Ferris Wheel.- Old Orchard Beach
  • A view south along the beach.- Old Orchard Beach
  • The supporting structure of The Pier is a popular attraction for young kids.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Shadows and the sand from the pier.- Old Orchard Beach
  • The restaurant at the end of The Pier.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Lifeguards are stationed along the beach for safety.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Beachgoers enjoy the shoreline.- Old Orchard Beach
  • The Pier at Old Orchard Beach.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Sand excavation activities.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Sand sculptures found along the beach. Note that there are some sections of the beach that are private.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Looking north toward The Pier.- Old Orchard Beach
  • Lifeguards are stationed along the beach for safety.- Old Orchard Beach
  • There are a few shell deposits to be found among the stretches of sand.- Old Orchard Beach
  • A view north along the beach.- Old Orchard Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Long sandy beach. Great place for families. Fun options at The Pier.
Cons: 
Large crowds. Parking can be tough.
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Region:
Greater Portland + Maine Beaches, ME
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Other
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
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Just 17 miles south of Portland, Maine, lies the Saco Bay and a large 7-mile swath of white sand. The most popular section of this beach is a 2.5-mile stretch at Old Orchard Beach.

The focal point of this beach is the iconic pier, a commercial boardwalk that stretches 500 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The Pier is composed of small shops and a few eateries, with a large restaurant anchoring the end with patios and views out to the ocean. The Pier originally extended over 1,800 feet into the ocean, but nature and a couple of fires have shortened its length over time. Neighboring The Pier is the Palace Playland Park, an amusement park that dates back to the early 1900s. The park hosts roller coaster rides and a large ferris wheel, giving riders soaring views of the beach and surrounding area.

The beach is a popular summer destination. The Amtrak train stops just a block away from the beach, allowing easy access from larger metropolitan areas to the south. Whether you want to just lay in the sun, build a sand sculpture, or play in the surf, Old Orchard’s Beach can accommodate. Lifeguards are stationed across the expansive beach in the summer months. Shore fishing is permitted in the southern section of the beach near Ocean Park. Be sure to check the seasonal regulations before casting your line. Dogs are allowed on the beach from Labor Day until Memorial Day. After Memorial Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach or in town between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dogs should be on leash or under voice control at all times.

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