Compliments of Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce

Remember the summer when you were a child, and your family left for vacation? Remember how you dreamed about what you wanted to do to make your vacation perfect? First, there had to be things to do-lots of things to do like miniature golf, games, amusements, and rides. Then, there had to be food - the type of food that you wanted, like pizza, fried dough, cotton candy, caramel popcorn. And there had to be a beach- a big, broad stretch of sand where you could build castles, run for as long as you could, or just sit and feel the sand's warmth as it ran from your fingers onto your leg.

Do you remember those thoughts and dreams? That vacation still exists at Old Orchard Beach and is waiting for your children and the child still inside of you.

It's almost impossible not to have fun at Old Orchard Beach. The low surf makes this a favorite spot for swimming, sunbathing, and making new friends. When the kids get hungry they can explore the boardwalk for pizza, french fries, hot dogs and cheeseburgers, or you can choose from the many family style restaurants around town. Try your luck on the video games, jump on a ride, treat yourself to an ice cream or a cold soda. Thrills, chills and frills-take your pick or do it all.

Catering to tourists and families is a way of life in Old Orchard Beach. The beach, the arcades and amusement rides, nightly entertainment, auto races and harness racing are favorite activities in the Old Orchard Beach area. Old Orchard's Pier is the center of the recreational activities. Extending nearly 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the Pier features shops, fast food, and games of skill. During the summer many special events are planned to entertain and mesmerize everyone in the family festivals, fairs, free concerts, street dances, and fireworks most Thursday nights. Besides the Pier, the beachfront businesses offer gift and souvenir shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and arcades.

Old Orchard Beach is easy to reach by the major highways in Maine. Exits 5 and 6 off the Maine Turnpike (I-95) take you quickly into our popular seaside resort, as does the access from U.S.. Route 1. By air, we are serviced by the Portland Jetport, 13 miles north or through Boston, from all parts of the world. Local bus services directed to the center of town where you have easy access to all accommodations.

You'll also find that Old Orchard Beach is ideally situated if your interests go beyond the lazy beach days and that perfect tan. The Route 1 corridor just west of town is a beehive of activity with two water parks, an amusement park, restaurants and shops. It also leads to the Maine Mall where over 140 stores await you.

On the northeast end of sparkling Saco Bay is a quiet vacation spot called Pine Point. Located in the town of Scarborough, it forms one end of the seven mile beach that includes Old Orchard Beach. Pine Point offers a unique selection of gift shops, restaurants, lobster pounds, convenience stores, charter fishing and lodging establishments for those who choose this end of the beach.

South along Route 9 lies the quiet seaside area of Ocean Park, a historic cottage community noted for its religious, educational, and cultural programs. The Ocean Park Association sponsors numerous lectures, concerts and other events. At the southern end of Saco Bay lies Camp Ellis. Here the mouth of the Saco River meets the sea, and memorable sailboat, whale watching expeditions, or deep-sea fishing trips await. You will also find several interesting shops, a couple of restaurants, and a long breakwater to walk.

The cities of Biddeford, Saco and Scarborough are our immediate neighbors, offering a variety of services and shopping. The Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford provides quality medical care for the region. In nearby Prout's Neck is the Winslow Homer studio where the artist worked at the turn of the century. New England's largest salt marsh is off Route 9 in neighboring Scarborough with guided walks and canoe tours. A few miles north is Portland, Maine's largest city, with a full array of stores, shops, and dozens of galleries and restaurants. The Old Port is a showcase for artists, musicians, actors and craftsmen, and its waterfront has bloomed into a business and shopping center.

North of Portland on I-95 is the bustling factory outlet town of Freeport, home of the famous L.L. Bean store. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Further north Maine's rocky coast beckons with such popular destinations as Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

Be sure to refer to our reference guides for lodging, dining, camping, and the "Things To Do" section to help acquaint yourself with our area community.

A short 15 minute drive to our south lies Biddeford Pool & Wood Island Lighthouse affording beautiful distant views of the entire 7 mile stretch of Old Orchard Beach.

Less than 1/2 hour to our south lies the popular shopping area of Kennebunkport's scenic and quaint Dock Square. Kennebunkport is also famous for Walkers Point, still the summer home of our 41st President, George Bush and his wife Barbara. Parsons Way is a popular seaside walk along the rocky coast just south of Walkers Point. The path winds along the ocean past "Spouting Rock" and the "Blowing Cave".

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve offers 1600 scenic acres of research reserve including a 19th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, exhibits, and seven miles of trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year round off Route 9 in Wells, this is a popular day trip for nature enthusiasts.

Continuing south, Ogunquit offers a small picturesque village 40 minutes from Old Orchard Beach. Known for its numerous artists for more than a half a century, walking tours of art galleries and private studios can start anywhere in town.

A walking tour along The Marginal Way, a footpath along the beautiful rocky shoreline ending in the picturesque Perkins Cove, is a must for every visitor. Ogunquit is also home to one of New England's last original summer theater.

Portland Headlight & Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse are both less than a half hour to our north in Cape Elizabeth. Portland Headlight was commissioned by George Washington and first lit in 1791. Portland Headlight is located in beautiful Fort Williams Park. It is Maine's oldest lighthouse and offers an onsite museum.

Be sure to Visit our Things to Do Section to get more ideas of what to do in the Old Orchard Beach Area.

Summer Activities


Weekly Concerts in Town Square this Summer

Free shows from Capricorn Productions every Monday and Tuesday night at 7pm in season.

Fireworks
Starting end of June - every Thursday evening through Labor Day at 9:45 pm on the beach next to The Pier. Sponsored by Palace Playland, The Pier, and other local businesses. Also July 4th!

Ocean Park Music Festival
Sunday evening live music at the Temple on Temple Ave (7:30pm). Chautauqua Weeks inspirational services. For a complete list of shows visit www.oceanpark.org or 207-934-9068.

Special Events

January 1 – Annual Lobster Dip...
Watch or join in as over 300 participants dip into the chilly waters as a fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics of Maine. On the beach in front of the Brunswick Hotel. Sponsored by the Portland Rugby Club. 207-879-0489

Beerfest… All day event featuring over 30 microbrews and live music on the Pier. (Pier Web Site) 207-934-3595.

Memorial Day Parade… The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion of Old Orchard Beach co-host this 1pm annual parade. 207-934-5073

Pier - A - Palooza Music Festival… A locals music festival featuring upcoming musical talent. On the pier. (Pier Web Site) 207-934-3595

La Kermesse… Largest Franco-American festival in Maine. This carnival-like weekend highlights culture, entertainment, tradition and food. Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. 207-282-1567.

2.5 Mile Walk and 5K Run… Annual Memorial 2.5-Mile Walk and 5K Run. Start and Finish at Old Orchard Beach High School. Time of run: 8:30 am, Time of walk: 8:40 am. To volunteer or FMY: call 207-934-2360 or visit our website.

Parade and Annual Sandcastle Contest - Ocean Park… Come enjoy a parade and band concert with line and square dancing. Sandcastle contest on the beach. Fun for the entire family. 207-934-9068.

July 4 – Fireworks In The Square… On the beach next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier.

Annual Greek Heritage Festival… Weekend long festival celebrating homemade Greek food, pastries, music and dancing. Church tours, bookstore, crafts and many activities for children. Live Greek band on Fri and Sat evening. St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in Saco. 207-284-5651

Salvation Army Pier Ministry… Week long evening entertainment in The Square featuring vocalists, magicians, bilingual speakers, bands and other entertainment. Parade of Witness. 10th annual golf tournament. Volleyball beach blast. 207-934-2024.

Illumination Night - Ocean Park… Ocean Park community lights their homes during the 19th annual Festival of Lights. Band concert and strawberry shortcake are special favorites during this event. 207-934-9068.

Annual Beach Olympics… Three days of fun competition, music, displays and a presentation to benefit Special Olympics of Maine. On the Beach, in The Square and the surrounding area. All welcome.

Annual 5k Race… Enjoy a kid's "fun run" or adult 5k through town with T-shirts and medals for the kids and other awards for divisional winners. All are welcome.

Tow Truck Meet & Parade… Annual Show provided by the Towing and Recovery Association of Maine. Includes driver skill tests, police and fire demos, parade, awards and other fun events. Memorial Park.

Tri-State Fishing Tournament… Catch and release for striped bass and blue fish on the Beach. 207-934-9991.

Bikefest On The Pier… All day motorcycle showcase with live music, a giant pig roast and vendors. Ride your motorcycle on the pier! Hundreds of motorcycles on display. (Pier Web Site) 207-934-3595

Annual Car Show… Car show with many divisions, entertainment, trophies and awards. Friday night lineup on Main Street with parade and car show on Saturday. Great family fun for all. Sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

Blues Oktoberfest… An all day event featuring blues music and seasonal ales crafted by local breweries. On the pier. (Pier Web Site) 207-934-3595

Celebrate the Season by the Sea… annual tree-lighting event with free horse-drawn hay wagon rides, face painting, entertainment, hot chocolate and food. Frosty, Rudolph, Santa’s head Elf are on hand. Bonfire and caroling on the Beach and holiday bazaar. Have your picture take with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive on a fire engine, making this a very special tradition and holiday event.

Compliments of Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce!

Earliest records of the Old Orchard Beach area date back to 1653. The first settler, Thomas Rogers, established "Garden by the Sea "in 1657. A few years later ten militiamen repelled 150 attacking Indians near the beach, but a relief party of townspeople coming to support the malitiamen were killed in an ambush, and Roger's home was burned.

The "old" apple orchard, from which the town took its name, a landmark to sailors for many years, was on high land above the long sand beach. In 1820 Maine, formally part of Massachusetts, became a State by act of Congress. In that same year the first Publick House (inn) was opened serving coach travelers and other transients year round. In 1837, E.C. Staples was coaxed into taking summer boarders at his farm for $1.50 per week. Convinced of Old Orchard Beach's potential as a summer resort, Staples built the first Old Orchard Boarding House near the top of today's Old Orchard Street.

1842 brought the first steam railroad from Boston to Portland with a station just 2 miles west of town. The first restaurant to sell seafood treats and "shore dinners" opened in 1851 near Staples Street. The Grand Trunk Railroad opened in 1853 connecting Montreal to Old Orchard Beach, enabling Canadian visitors to flock to this closest beach to Montreal and avoid the long carriage trip.

The Civil War began in 1861 followed by years of growth and building of homes, streets, stores, livery stables, and beachfront hotels. 1873 brought the Boston & Maine Railroad passing right through Old Orchard Beach and stopping on the site of today's Chamber of Commerce. In that same year a group of Methodists formed the Old Orchard Campground Association. The Ocean Park Association built "The Temple" in 1881, and nationally known speakers were heard every Sunday all summer.

In 1892 electric trolley cars replaced horse cars to Biddeford and Saco. 1898 proved to be an unfortuitous year to complete the first Pier. Built of steel and measuring 1,770 feet long and 20 feet above the tides, their Pier was severely damaged in November of that same year. 1900 brought the first town hall and 1902 the first amusement area complete with roller skating, merry-go-round, rides, games, and refreshment stands. The Portland to Old Orchard Beach Electric Railway opened in 1903 where 14 miles of track were traveled in under one hour for $.20.

The great fire of 1907 destroyed the entire beachfront as firemen from Portland, Biddeford, and Saco rushed to the beach but struggled to contain the blaze, hampered by low water pressure. Rebuilding began at once, and one project "the standpipe" assured adequate water for all.

March 1909 brought another damaging storm destroying "White City" at the end of the Pier and reducing the Pier to 700 feet. An international auto race was held on the beach in 1910 with Dave Lewis winning the 100 mile race. The 1920's and 30's were the Big Band era. All the famous dance bands, Guy Lombardo, Rudy Valle, Duke Ellington, and more visited the Pier Casino each summer, and thousands danced over the waves under the revolving crystal ball.

Sparked by Lindbergh's daring flight, many Trans-Atlantic flights took advantage of Old Orchard Beach's long stretch of wide hard packed sand to attempt their own crossings. The storm of February 1978 almost demolished the Pier, and a new pier was immediately planned. Today's Pier opened in June 1980.

Enjoy your Old Orchard Beach vacation this year as millions have for over 250 years!

Our thanks to the Old Orchard Beach Historical Society for their support in this brief history recap. Visit them at the Harmon Museum on Portland Avenue .

With over 40 restaurants and eateries gracing the Old Orchard Beach area, one of the greatest dilemmas is deciding where to eat. Everything from roadside clamshacks to fine dining overlooking the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. We have it all! Fried clams, steamers, prime rib, pizza, Chinese, Greek, Mexican, Italian and, of course, lobster prepared a dozen different ways are just a few of the many dining options.

Blueberry pancakes, Belgium waffles, Eggs Benedict, omelettes, and coffee in your favorite flavors are awaiting you every morning. You may want to lunch overlooking the beach or enjoy one of the dozens of restaurants offering fabulous luncheon specials. Come dinner time there are numerous family dining options to please your palate and your purse. Or enjoy a romantic night out at one of our fine dining establishments.

After dinner, enjoy a night "out on the town" at one of the dozens of nightclubs offering entertainment. Live bands, jazz, and karaoke are just a few of the many nightly activities offered in season.

The following chart offers basic information about some of the many dining options in our area. While many establishments do not take reservations, it never hurts to call ahead to check hours of operation and availability.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Just under 2 hours north of Boston. 5 hours from Montreal & New York City. From the Maine Turnpike (I-95) going north or south, take Exit 36 (Formerly Exit 5) . This will place you on I-195 headed for "the beach". Go 5 miles from the toll booth. Just after a Rite Aid on your right you will come to a 3-way intersection with a STOP sign in “downtown” Old Orchard Beach. Take a right and you are headed for the beach and the Pier. Go down the hill toward the water, cross the Railroad tracks and when you get to "Town Square" take a right for West Grand Avenue or a left for East Grand Avenue.

Our seven-mile long stretch of wide sandy beach is understandably the major attraction. But when visiting Old Orchard Beach there is a full range of things available to see and do in and around the Old Orchard Beach area.

AMUSEMENTS PARKS

Maine Indoor Karting - High performance karting course. State of the art track, 1,200 feet long, 25 feet wide, nine corner design. An adrenaline charged experience. S carborough, ME 885-0058 .

Palace Playland - New England's only beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade, beautiful carousel, Kiddieland. Gondola Ferris Wheel and Galaxi Coaster. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks every Thursday night by the Pier, Old Orchard Beach. 934-2001.  

Funtown/Splashtown U.S.A . – Family amusement and waterpark. Home of Excalibur, Maine's only wooden roller coaster ranked one of the top ten in the world. Voted one of the cleanest parks in America and offers many rides, slides, pools, giftshops, games, arcades and eating facilities. Open weekends May and Sept. Daily starting early June. Free parking. Unlimited ride pass, slide pass or combination pass, group rates. Route 1, Saco, 284-5139.

York's Wild Kingdom - Zoo and theme park, Rt 1 York, 363-3883.

MINIATURE GOLF COURSES...

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf   - 36 holes of championship mini golf within walking distance of the beach. 70 First St., Old Orchard Beach, 934-5086. 

Westerly Winds Golf Course and Sports Park – Miniature golf, plus driving range, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook. 854-9463

CANOE & KAYAK TOURS & RENTALS Scarborough Marsh Nature Center - Canoe Tours and Trips. Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 883-5100 Gone with the Wind – Kayak Tours and Rentals, Lessons, and Equipment, 283-8446 Maine Island Kayak Co. – ½ day to 7 day trips. Peaks Island, 776-2373

OCEAN RECREATION, LOBSTER BOAT TOURS, WHALE WATCHES, DEEP SEA FISHING, KAYAKING & MORE

Indian Whale Watch - Come aboard "The Indian", famous for its whale sightings of humpback, finback, minke and white sided dolphins. Also, sharks, seals and seabirds. Sailings seven days a week at 10:00am during summer months. Friday and Saturdays during fall season. All trips leave from Camp Ellis parking lot on Rte. 9 at the mouth of the Saco river. 985-5993

Rippin' Lips Charters – Enjoy the fun of recreational and offshore fishing in Maine with Capt. Jim Bollinger. Capt. Jim is an avid outdoorsman who has been fishing Maine's coastal waters for over 15 years. His experience and passion for fishing will ensure you have a fun and memorable Maine fishing experience. Rippin' Lips Charters offers full-day and half-day recreational fishing trips for striped bass, bluefish and mackerel on the famous Saco River, just 3 miles from Old Orchard Beach. We also offer full day offshore trips for sharks and ground fish such as cod, haddock and wolfish. Also... 2-hour “Fish Lips” Kids Trips, designed around the young angler. Catch fish and come see sea creatures including crabs, starfish and seals. We will pull lobster traps and discover what's inside! 207-499-7474, cell: 207-229-3845.

Trina Lyn Fishing Charter - Private Sportfishing charters for up to 4 people. We are located at the Camp Ellis Fisherman's Pier, which is located 5 minutes from Old Orchard Beach. We fish for striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, cod, haddock and even sharks!! Captain Todd Stewart has been running fishing charters since 1994. Captain Todd is a Coast Guard licensed Captain as well as a licensed Maine Guide. See your catch on the Trina Lyn website as Captain Todd updates pictures and results online each week. PO Box 431, Camp Ellis, Saco, 284-2352/cell phone 283-2352.

PORTLAND HARBOR:

Bay View Cruises – 66' 117 passenger boat with scheduled cruises. 184 Commercial St, Portland, 761-0496

Casco Bay Lines – Year-round narrated cruises on Casco Bay. Daily ferry service to five Casco Bay Islands. From Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets, Portland, 774-7871

Coast Watch & Guiding Light Navigation – Daily cruises to Eagle Island, 170 Commercial St, Portland, 774-6498

Lucky Catch Lobstering – Experience lobstering first hand. 170 Commercial St, Portland, 233-2026

KENNEBUNKPORT HARBOR:

Lady J Sportfishing Charters - Catch the excitement of saltwater fishing on the gulf of Maine aboard our new 22 ft. custom General Maine built by local craftsmen and outfitted with the latest in fishing technology and the comforts of even a marinehead. Capt. Adam is a USCG licensed captain and a master Maine guide who can provide the necessary skills and experience, whether chasing inland for Stripers and Bluefish or offshore for Cod, Haddock, Pollack and Sharks. Also, offering 2 hr. discovery trips for children fishing for Mackerel or hauling lobster traps. A great hands on experience. Boat located at Arundel Wharf Restaurant, off Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport. 985-7304

BAR HARBOR:

Acadian Whale Adventures – Humpback and Finback whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and other marine sightings in the Gulf of Maine aboard a luxury Catamaran. Harborside Hotel and Marina, 55 West St. Bar Harbor, 288-9800

WILD LIFE REFUGE, STATE PARKS, OUTDOOR WALKS

Ferry Beach State Park - 117 acres of beach and nature trails. Off Route 9 in Saco. 283-0067. 

Scarborough Marsh Nature Center - Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Guided and self guided canoe tours. Abundant shorebird sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 883-5100. 

Gilsland Farm - Maine Audubon Sanctuary offering trails, field trips and a gift shop. North of Portland in Falmouth off Route 1. 781-2330. 

Maine Wildlife Park – Moose, Bear, Deer, Cougars, Eagles and more. Nature Trail and Displays. Rt 26, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray, 657-4977 (Exit 11 off the I-495, Maine Turnpike)

Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm : 1600 scenic acres of research reserve including a 19 th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, exhibits, and seven miles of spectacular marsh walkways and trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands.  Open year round.  342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 646-1555, 646-4521.

Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve , Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 646-1555. 

Marginal Way Scenic Walk - Ogunquit one-mile path along coast. Ends in Perkins Cove.

LIGHTHOUSES

Cape Elizabeth Light/ Two Lights State Park – Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth. Directions: Take Route 1N to traffic light at Oak Hill (intersection Rt 1N & Rt 207) Take right onto Route 207 (Black Point Road). Follow almost to the end and take a left onto Route 77. Follow Route 77 to Two Lights road on right.

Goat Island Lighthouse - Built in 1834. Best viewed from Cape Porpoise Pier. Follow directions for Wood Island Light but stay on Route 9 toward Kennebunkport. When you come into Cape Porpoise, take a left at the Stop Sign where Route 9 makes a 90-degree right hand turn. Drive 1/2 mile to end/Pier and park.

Portland Headlight & Museum – Maine's oldest lighthouse. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791. Adjacent to Fort Williams Park. Large grounds with picnic facilities and museum on the premises. 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 799-2661.  Directions – Option One: Follow directions to Cape Elizabeth Light continuing beyond Two Lights Road on route 77 to Shore Road/Portland Headlight.  Option Two: Take Route 1N to 295N to exit 4 (Port/Waterfront) and stay to left. Take Danforth Street thru 3-4 traffic lights. Take right on State Street and cross over Casco Bay bridge onto Broadway Street. Take right at second traffic light (Cottage Road) to Shore Road. Headlight is on left. On a clear day, you can see six area lights.     

Wood Island Lighthouse – Take Route 1S to Route 9 (Main Street/Saco). Go thru downtown area passing over Saco River and past Saco Island. At bottom of hill past river bear right. Taking next left onto Route 9 (Hill Street). Take left at first set of traffic lights (Pool Road/Route 9/Route 208). Follow Route 208 to end. Take left on Route 208 thru Biddeford Pool and lighthouse is on right.

AREA ATTRACTIONS, RECREATION, BOWLING & MORE

Biddeford-Saco Ice Arena Open to the Public Friday night 6:30-8:30pm, 283-0615. Get on Route 1 South and drive thru Saco and thru Biddeford. When you get to Route 9 (at a five way intersection). Go right on route 9 following signs for I-95. Go 2 miles and Arena is on right, prior to the entrance to I-95 (set back off the road).

Desert of Maine – Natural phenomenon, narrated tours, nature trails, museum. Open early May to mid October daily. 95 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-6962 Farmers Market - Saco Valley Shopping Center Parking Lot. Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning in season.

Harris Farm Cross County Ski Center - 40 Km of groomed X-C trails and Snow shoeing.  Rentals and lunch available, ice skating pond.  Maple sugaring in March. 30 minutes from Old Orchard Beach just off Rt. 35. 252 Buzzell Rd Dayton, 499-2678

Happy Wheels Skate Center - Roller Skating Rink, Portland, 797-8207 Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad - Ride along Portland's waterfront in an historic narrow gauge. Fun for all ages. 58 Fore Street, Portland. 828-0814. Directions – Route 1N to I-295N to: Take Exit 4 (Port Waterfront Exit). Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street. Train is near end of street before it curves away from the water (after DiMillos Restaurant).

Mainely Tours - Daily excursions in the  Portland area! Enjoy a fully narrated city tour (with a stop at The Lighthouse!), a 90-minute harbor cruise, plus shopping in the Old Port. 774-0808.

Natural Motion Martial Arts - 15 Holly Street, Suite 104, Scarborough, 885-5017 

The Pier

Smiling Hill Farm – X-country skiing and Snowshoeing in winter. Dairy Market with homemade ice cream. Westbrook, 775-4818

Twentieth Century Lanes & Sports Bar - Biddeford, 284-0980

Vacationland Bowling & Recreation Center - Rt 1 Saco, 284-7386

Balloons Rides - Hot Air Balloon Rides. 17 Freeman St, Portland. 1-800-952-2076

FITNESS CENTERS, MASSEUSES & SALON'S


Body Works Health and Fitness Center – 644 Main St, Saco, 284-9924

Curves For Women – 2 Cascade Rd., Old Orchard Beach, 934-0777

Garden of Total Beauty and Wellness - 43 West Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064, (207) 934-9400

Gold's Gym – 420 Alfred Rd, Biddeford 284-9924

Maine Rock Gym Indoor Climbing Gym – No experience needed. 127 Marginal Way, Portland, 780-6370

Massagecraft &Acupuncture Clinic – multi-therapist practice established by
Lisa Bouchard LMT, Lac in 1991. We offer Acupuncture, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Foot Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Thai Massage & Polarity to assist you on the road to optimum health. We are open Monday through Saturday by appointment. Gift Certificates available. 314 Alfred Street, Biddeford ME, 286-8416 and our new second location in Old Orchard Beach, 934-0849


Romanza Salon – Day Spa and Wellness Center. Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-8338

Saco Sport & Fitness – 329 North Street, Saco, 284-5953

YMCA Northern York County – Alfred Road (Rt 111), Biddeford, 283-0100

AREA SHOPPING

Board Silly Puzzles & Games - a fun filled shopping experience is offered to ‘kids' of all ages. 44 Old Orchard Street Unit 3 , Old Orchard Beach, 934-4020

Candy Shores – For the ultimate sweet tooth. Village Park/Town Square, Old Orchard Beach, 934-1170

Cottage Decor – Create your own "Maine cottage" with our vintage furniture, decorative accents and unique souvenirs. 57 Saco Ave, Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Cottage Designs Gift Shop – Maine Crafts and Gifts, 71 Seaside Avenue, Ocean Park, 934-4811

Dickinson's Candy – A Candy lovers dream. 42 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, 934-7507

Dy-No-Mite Swimwear – The Ultimate Selection of Beachwear apparel and beach toys. 20 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, 934-5728

Nantiques - 111 West Grand Ave. Old Orchard Beach.

Kittery Outlets - Just 50 minutes south of Old Orchard Beach. Over 120 outlets and the Kittery Trading Post with savings of 20-70% daily. This shopping mecca is often referred to as “America's Maine Street for Outlet Shopping.”  1-888-KITTERY.  Directions – Route 5 to I-195 to I-95S. Pay turnpike toll booth in York and… Option 1) Take exit 2 By Pass (Kittery/S.Berwick). Bear right off exit and stay in left lane following signs for Kittery. When you get to traffic circle go ¾ around and take right onto Route 1N. Bear right onto Route 1N following signs for Coastal Route to outlets. Option 2) Immediately after paying toll, take exit 4 (Yorks/Berwick). Take left off exit and go to traffic light. Take right on to route 1S. Follow route 1S for 4.5 miles.

L.L. Bean - World famous and open 24/7, 365 days per year. 30 minutes north in Freeport. Freeport also offers over 100 outlet stores. 865-1212.  Freeport Outlet Directions – Route 1N to I-295N which turns into I-95N. Take exit 19 or 20 (Downtown Freeport) and follow signs.

The Maine Mall - Over 135 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland. 774-0303.  Directions – Get on Route 1N to I-295N to Maine Mall Road exit or Route 1N to traffic light at Route 98/1N intersection. Take left at 2 nd set of Lights (Payne Road). Five miles to Maine Mall.

The Old Port - Portland's Historic District offers over 158 shops, 65 restaurants, 28 galleries, and numerous pubs. All located in  a charming five block area lined with cobblestone streets on Portland's historic waterfront. 400 Congress St., Portland. 772-6828.  Directions – Route 1N to I-295N to: Option 1: Take Exit 4 (Port Waterfront Exit). Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street into Old Port. Option 2: Take Exit 7(Franklin Arterial). Go to your 4 th set of traffic lights. Take right onto Congress Street. Take 3 rd left (Exchange Street).

Portland Public Market – An indoor market of vendors showcasing fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and many other specialty items. Daily entertainment and activities.

Saco Valley Shopping Center - 12 stores, 2 banks and a restaurant. Free parking. Just off Route 1, Saco. Rt 5 toward Interstate I-95 (Exit 5). Take first exit off I-295 onto Route 1 South. Shopping Center is a few hundred yards on right.

Saco Bay Tackle - Located on US Route 1 in Saco, Maine, Saco Bay Tackle is a hard-core tackle shop, dedicated to serving the serious and beginning anglers.

Antique Shops and Auctions – All along Rt 1 in Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York & Kittery.

Len Libby Candy Shops – 419 US Rt 1, Scarborough 883-4897

Lighthouse Depot – Largest collection of lighthouse gifts in the world. Route 1, Wells, 646-0608. Get on Route 1 South thru Saco, Biddeford and Kennebunk. Depot is on right soon after crossing into Wells.

Nestling Duck General Store and Gift Shop – Maine Gifts, 350Pine Point Road, Scarborough 883-6705

OOB Baseball Card & Sport Shop – Vast array of baseball card selection. 17C Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, 934-1889

ENTERTAINMENT

Live Bands and Karaoke: Pier Patio Pub, Village Inn Restaurant & Brew Pub, PICS Pizza and Surf 6 (see dining section for contact information).

Fireworks Display by the Pier – Every Thursday at 9:30pm from late June thru Labor Day.

Weekly Concerts in Town Square – Free Shows by the Pier every Monday and Tuesday night at 7pm in season.

Ocean Park Association – Concerts most Sunday evenings. Chautauqua Weeks inspirational services. Concerts at the Temple. 934-9068.

Salvation Army Pavilion Amphitheater – Outdoor amphitheater featuring live entertainment throughout the summer for the entire family. Church Street, P.O. Box 285, Old Orchard Beach, 934-2024

Comedy Connection –America's top professional stand-up comedians. 6 Custom House Wharf, In the Old Port. Portland, 774-5554

Southworth Planetarium - Shows for children and adults including laser concerts . Off I-295 Forest Ave. North to 96 Falmouth St., University of Southern Maine's Science Building. Portland, 780-4249

Portland Symphony Orchestra - Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland. 773-8191

Portland Concert Association - Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, & more. 1-800-639-2707

Portland Opera Repertory Theatre – Grand Opera in Portland's magnificent Merrill Auditorium. 767-0773

Cumberland County Civic Center – Music Concerts, Sporting Events Etc.

KIDS ENTERTAINMENT R -

Children's Theater of Maine - Live theater for adults and children. 25A Forest Ave., Portland. 874-0371

Portland Public Library - Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland. 871-1707

MOVIE THEATRES

Cinemagic – Twelve-screen, stadium seating, digital stereo theater and arcade. Route 1, Saco, 282-6234

Cines 8 - 5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111, Biddeford. 282-5995. 

Clark's Pond Cinemas - Maine Mall Area, S. Portland. 897-1511.  SUMMER THEATRE & THEATRE

City Theater - Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street, Biddeford. 282-0849. 

Arundel Barn Playhouse – Summer Theatre, Just off Route 1, Arundel, Tuesday – Saturdays in Season, 985-5552 Take Route 1 South thru Saco and Biddeford and into Arundel. Go left at the light (just prior to Blue Moon Diner) - Playhouse will be 200 yards on your left.

Ogunquit Playhouse – Stock Summer Theatre, Rt 1 Ogunquit, 646-5511. Take Route 1 South thru Saco, Biddeford, Arundel, Kennebunk, Wells and Ogunquit. Playhouse is on left in Ogunquit just prior to York Town Line.

Saco River Grange – Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. Just off Rt 117. 929-6472

ARTS, MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Old Orchard Beach Historical Society - Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th Century. Top of Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach. 934-9319.

Saco Bay Artists Gallery - Formed in 1995 by three members, the Saco Bay Artists now has close to seventy members. The gallery is comprised of a collection of original paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and cards. New artwork presentations each month and most works are available for purchase. 22 Washington Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, 934-3050.

Saco Museum - Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to present. 371 Main St., Saco. 282-3031. 

Maine Maritime Museum - Historic shipyard site and maritime history building on Kennebec River. 243 Washington St., Bath. 443-1316. 

Willowbrook at Newfield - Restored 19th Century Village with 36 buildings and 11,000 artifacts including 1894 carousel. Off Rt. 11 on Main St., Newfield. 793-2784. 

Brick Store Museum - Ship Models, Historic Displays, Rare Antiques, Paintings, Decorative Arts. 117 Main St, Kennebunk, 985-4802. Route One South. On left in downtown Kennebunk.

Seashore Trolley Museum – Largest collection of trolley cars in the world. Countryside rides on historic rides. Log Cabin Road - Kennebunkport, 967-2800

PORTLAND:

Portland Museum of Art – Maine's largest and oldest art museum. Designed by world renowned I.M. Pei. Features fine and decorative art from the 18 th century to present. 7 Congress St, Portland, 773-2787.

Portland Observatory – Not a lighthouse, it is the last maritime signal tower in the US. Built in 1807 as a communication tower for the harbor. Guided tours and exhibits. 774-5561

Children's Museum of Maine - Exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave & Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits, Space Shuttle, Camera-Obscura-Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free Street, Portland. 828-1234. 

Victoria Mansion - One of America's most significant Victorian homes. All interiors are original and quite spectacular. 109 Danforth St., Portland. 772-4841. 

Wadsworth-Longfellow House - Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland. 774-1822. 

The Arts District – Portland's cultural community along Congress Street – Portland, 772-6828

SPORTING EVENTS

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway - Auto racing every Saturday night. Holmes Road, Scarborough. 883-5227. 

Portland Pirates Hockey - AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 775-3458.

Portland Sea Dogs Baseball - AA Farm Team for the Boston Red Sox . Home games held at Hadlock Field, Portland, from late April through early September. 879-9500. 

Scarborough Downs - Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-4331. 

MICRO BREWERIES

D.L Geary Brewing Co Inc. - 38 Evergreen Drive, Portland, 878-2337 Kennebunkport Brewery Tours - Shipyard Ale, Federal Jacks Brew Pub - Lower Village - Kennebunk, 967-4322

Shipyard Brewing Co. - 86 Newbury St, Portland, 761-0807

Stone Coast Brewing Co . - 74 York St, Gorhams Corner, Portland, 733-BEER

Whale Tail Brewing Co. - 213 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, 934-7370

GOLF

With over ten 18-hole golf courses within 30 minutes of the famous Pier, Old Orchard Beach makes a great golf holiday.

GOLF COURSES…

Biddeford & Saco Country Club - 18 holes, 6,300 yd. Par 70, 101 Old Orchard Road, Saco, 282-5883. Saco Ave toward Interstate (Exit 5). At 5 corners, just past the Village Inn, go left on Old Orchard Road. Course is ½ mile on your left.

Dunegrass Golf Club - 18 holes, 6,508 yd., par 71, 200 Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 934-4513. Get on Portland Ave. Go 2 miles and look for sign in left. Follow signs to clubhouse.

Old Orchard Beach Country Club - 9 holes, 3,000 yd., par 35, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 934-4513, 800-521-1029. Get on to Portland Ave. Go 2 miles and look for sign in left. Follow signs to clubhouse.

Sunset Ridge Golf Links & Westerly Winds Sports Park – 9-hole Championship and separate 9-hole par 3 course. Driving range. Plus mini-golf, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook. 854-9463

Willowdale Golf Club - 18 Holes, 5,980 yd., Par 70, off Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-9351.  Get on Route 1 North. A couple miles after crossing Scarborough Marsh look for signs on right side of road. Follow signs to clubhouse.

None-Such River – 304 Gorham Road, Scarborough 883-0007, 18 Hole Course.

Sable Oaks South – 505 Country Club Road, So. Portland 775-6257, 18 Hole Course, across Interstate from Maine Mall.

Riverside - Portland 797-3524, 18 Hole Course.

Val Halla Golf Course – 1 Val Halla Road, Cumberland Center, 829-2226, 18 Hole Course.

Cape Arundel Golf Course - Kennebunkport, 967-3494, 18 Hole Course.

Dutch Elm Golf Course - Brimstone Road, Arundel, 282-9850, 18 Hole Course.

Webhannet Golf Club - Kennebunk, 967-3951, 18 Hole Course.

Pleasant Hill Golf Course - Country Club Road, Sanford, 324-5462, 18 Hole Course. Cape Neddick - Shore Road, Cape Neddick, 361-2011 , 18 Hole Course.

The Ledges - Ledges Drive, York, 351-2727 , 18 Hole Course.

Point Sebago Golf Course – Route 302, Casco, 655-2747, 18 Hole Course.

DRIVING RANGES - GOLF

Dunegrass Country Club Driving Range -Full practice hole, lessons available, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 800-521-1029 or 934-4513. (see directions under Golf Courses)

Sunset Ridge Golf Links & W esterly Winds Sports Park - Driving range. Plus mini-golf, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook. 854-9463

AREA CHURCHES

United Methodist - Washington & Fountain Aves., Old Orchard Beach. 934-5553. 

Salvation Army Citadel - Church St., Old Orchard Beach. 934-4381. 

Blue Point Congregational Church - Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-6540. 

Congregation Beth Israel - East Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach. 934-2973. 

St. Jude Catholic Chapel - Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-0334. 

St. Luke's Catholic Chapel - Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach. 934-2322. 

St. Margaret's Catholic Chapel - Saco Ave and Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach 934-2322. 

The Temple - Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 934-5034.  HOSPITALS

Southern Maine Medical Center – Route 5 to I-95 South to Exit 4. Go thru toll plaza and take left at light. Hospital is ¼ mile on right.

Maine Medical Center – Get on Portland Ave., which turns into Cascade Ave. Go right on Route 1 North to I-295N. Take Exit 5 (Congress St./East Ramp). At third traffic light, take right onto Bramhall Street. Bear right at fork. Hospital is on right.

Mercy Hospital – Get on Portland Ave., which turns into Cascade Ave. Go right on Route 1 North to I-295N. Take Exit 4 (Port/Waterfront). Bear left onto Danforth Street. Take left on Winter Street. Hospital is on right.


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