Things to Do
The seven miles of sandy beach stretching away from the downtown area is undoubtedly Old Orchard Beach’s main attraction. But when you’ve had enough fun in the sun, there is always something else to do. From deep sea fishing and whale watching, to shopping at the outlet malls in Kittery and Freeport, experience what else the area has to offer!
Palace Playland: New England’s only beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade, classic Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Kiddieland, 2 Roller Coasters and other thrill rides, including Adrenalin and Power Surge! Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks every Thursday night by the Pier. 207-934-2001
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, gift shops, 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. 207-284-5139.
York’s Wild Kingdom: The largest zoo and amusement park has something to offer every member of the family. They offer a variety of family rides, paddle boats, miniature golf course, a petting zoo, scenic picnic grounds and even a Haunted House. Educational learning sessions take place throughout the day and a special member of the zoo Rewa—Maine’s only White Bengal Tiger—will amaze and delight the child in everyone! Route 1, York. 207-363-4911
ARTS, MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Harmon Museum:Old Orchard Beach Historical Society. Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th Century. Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach 207-934-9319.
Saco Bay Artists Gallery: 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 Ave., Old Orchard Beach 207-934-3050.
Saco Museum: Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to present. 371 Main St., Saco 207-282-3031.
Maine Maritime Museum: Historic shipyard site and maritime history building on Kennebec River. 243 Washington St., Bath 207-443-1316.
Willowbrook at Newfield: Restored 19th Century Village with 36 buildings and 11,000 artifacts including 1894 carousel. Rt. 11, Main St., Newfield 207-793-2784.
Brick Store Museum: Ship Models, Historic Displays, Rare Antiques, Paintings, Decorative Arts. 117 Main St., Kennebunk 207-985-4802
Seashore Trolley Museum: Largest collection of trolley cars in the world. Countryside rides on historic rides. Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport 207-967-280
ATTRACTIONS, RECREATION, BOWLING & MORE
Arundel Barn Playhouse: The Arundel Barn Playhouse offers live, professional, musical theatre productions, each runningÂ from June to Labor Day. 20 minutes South of Old Orchard Beach. 53 Old Post Rd., Arundel 207-985-5552
Biddeford Arena & Expo: Bring the entire gang and enjoy some fun on the ice!
Enjoy skating with your friends and family while listening to the latest music. If you find yourself in need of a break, enjoy some munchies or hot cocoa at our snack bar! 14 Pomerleau St., Biddeford 207-283-0615
Desert of Maine: Maine’s natural phenomenon, narrated tours, nature trails, museum. Open daily from early-May to mid-October. 95 Desert Rd., Freeport 207-865-6962
Farmers Market: Saco Valley Shopping Center Parking Lot. Every Wednesday and Saturday 7-Noon. May-October
Happy Wheels Skate Center: Roller Skating Rink, Portland 207-797-8207
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad: Ride along Portland’s waterfront in a historic narrow gauge. Fun for all ages. 58 Fore St., Portland 207-828-0814
Maine Indoor Karting: Maine’s only premier indoor formula-karting course. State of the art track. We also offer indoor mini golf and a cafe. Everyday is family day at Maine Indoor Karting. Scarborough 888-2-GO-KART
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. 207-774-0808.
Ogunquit Playhouse: Stock Summer Theatre. Rt. 1 Ogunquit 207-646-5511
Vacationland Bowling & Recreation Center: Rt. 1, Saco 207-284-7386
BEACH EQUIPMENT RENTALS
Fun and Sun Rentals, LLC: Call for Delivery! 207-730-1926
Saco Bay Beach Gear Rentals: 15 Casco Ave, Ocean Park 978-897-2755
CANOE & KAYAK TOURS & RENTALS
Bare Knee Point Kayak Rentals, Inc.: Join Captain Carl Lagerstrom for an unforgettable trip on the beautiful Saco River. Rent a kayak and paddle off on your own adventure or enjoy the 5 mile boat trip on the Irene B upriver to the Biddeford/Saco Dam and cruise back to our docks at your own pace with the river current gently pulling you downstream. 45 Camp Ellis Avenue, Saco 207-283-4455
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center: Canoe Tours and Trips. Maine’s largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Route 9, Scarborough 207-883-5100
Comedy Connection: America’s top professional stand-up comedians. 6 Custom House Wharf, In the Old Port. Portland 207-774-5554
Cumberland County Civic Center: Music Concerts, Sporting Events Etc. 207-775-3458
Fireworks Display by the Pier: Every Thursday at 9:30pm from late June through Labor Day.
Live Bands and Karaoke:Pier Patio Pub, Jimmy The Greeks, Jumpin’ Jakes, Myst and Surf 6.
Ocean Park Association: Concerts most Sunday evenings. 14 Temple Ave., Ocean Park 207-934-9068
Portland Opera Repertory Theatre: Grand Opera in Portland’s magnificent Merrill Auditorium. 207-767-0773
Portland Ovations: Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz & more! 1-800-639-2707
Portland Symphony Orchestra: Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland 207-773-8191
Salvation Army Pavilion Amphitheater: Outdoor amphitheater featuring live entertainment throughout the summer for the entire family. Church St., Old Orchard Beach 207-934-2024
Southworth Planetarium: Shows for children and adults including laser concerts. 96 Falmouth St., University of Southern Maine’s Science Building, Portland 207-780-4249
FITNESS CENTERS, MASSEUSES & SALON’S
Maine Rock Gym Indoor Climbing Gym: More than 5,000 square feet of rock-like textured climbing surface. No experience needed. 127 Marginal Way, Portland 207-780-6370
Massagecraft & Acupuncture Clinic: Multi-therapist practice. We offer Acupuncture, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Foot Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Thai Massage & Polarity to assist you on the road to optimum health. Monday-Saturday by appointment. 314 Alfred St., Biddeford 207-286-8416 and Old Orchard Beach 207-934-0849
Saco Sport & Fitness:329 North St., Saco 207-284-5953
Snap Fitness: Open 24-hours a day for members. 2 Cascade Rd., Old Orchard Beach 207-934-6136
YMCA Northern York County: Rt. 111, Alfred Rd., Biddeford 207-283-0100
Children’s Theater of Maine: Live theater for adults and children. 25A Forest Ave., Portland 207-874-0371
Portland Public Library: Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland 207-871-1707
Boon Island Light
York: This lighthouse is located six miles out to sea from York Beach and is situated on a rock ledge. It was first built in 1811 and replaced in 1855. The 133-foot tower of gray granite is the tallest in the state. Landing at this isolated spot is always dangerous.
Cape Elizabeth Light
Cape Elizabeth: Twin Lighthouse were erected in 1829. The East Light is the only one that is now operational and is located on Staples Point, which is in the southeast tip of Cape Elizabeth. May be reached by car. The West Light is 300 yards north of the east and is now privately owned and inactive.
Cape Neddick Light (Nubble Light)
York: This lighthouse was built in 1879 and the tower is a 41 foot white cast-iron conical tower built on the summit of Cape Neddick Nubble, off Rt. 1A
Goat Island Light
Kennebunkport: This lighthouse was built in 1833 and restored in1859. This cylindrical shaped cast-iron lighthouse rests on an exposed natural ledge foundation standing 25 feet high. It includes a boat house, oil house and a keeper’s quarters which is presently leased out to the public. It is accessible by boat only in Cape Porpoise Harbor.
Halfway Rock Light
Portland: Located midway between Portland Head Light and Seguin Light. It has a 77 foot granite tower and was built on a submerged ledge in 1871.
Portland Breakwater Light
South Portland: This Lighthouse is located in Portland harbor and was built in 1855 out of white cast-iron, cylindrically shaped on top of a octagonal pier standing 20 feet high. This lighthouse was extinguished during World War II and has returned to service in 2002.
Portland Head Light
Cape Elizabeth: Maine’s first lighthouse and it’s most famous. Over 200 Casco Bay Islands can be seen from the hurricane deck. It is accessible by car and it is visited by thousands of people each year. It is located near the entrance to Portland Harbor. It was commissioned by George Washington and built in 1791. The lighthouse stands 80 feet high and was built out of white fieldstone and brick, conically shaped.
Ram Island Ledge Light
Portland: This Lighthouse was built in 1905 standing at 77 feet tall, conically shaped out of gray granite. Can be accessible by boat in the south side Portland Harbor entrance and can be viewed from Portland Head.
Spring Point Ledge Light
South Portland: This lighthouse is located in the west-side main channel, Portland Harbor. It was built in 1897 and is made of white brick and cast-iron, cylindrically shaped 54 feet high.
Kittery: This lighthouse was built in 1831 and restored in 1872. This conical shaped tower was built of gray granite on reef. This lighthouse can be seen from Fort Foster in Kittery and can be accessible by boat in Portsmouth Harbor.
Wood Island Light
Biddeford: This lighthouse marks the entrance to Saco Bay and was built in 1808. It was rebuilt in 1858. Its conical white tower is made of granite blocks standing 49 feet high.
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, 207-934-5086.
Westerly Winds Golf Course and Sports Park: Miniature Golf, plus Driving Range, Swimming Pool, Batting Cages, Tennis, Basketball, Shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook 207-854-9463
Cinemagic: Twelve-screen, stadium seating, digital stereo theater and arcade. Rt. 1, Saco 207-282-6234
Clark’s Pond Cinemas: 333 Clarks Pond Pkwy., South Portland 207-897-1511
Smitty’s Cinema: Films, Food, Fun! 5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111, Biddeford 207-282-5995
OCEAN RECREATION, LOBSTER BOAT TOURS, DEEP SEA FISHING, KAYAKING & MORE
Rippin’ Lips Charters: Enjoy the fun of recreational and offshore fishing in Maine with Capt.Jim Bollinger. Capt. 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. 207-499-7474
Seafare Charters: Enjoy our 23′ center console fishing boat while fishing for striped bass, bluefish and mackerel on the famous Saco River. Experience the fun of watching us pull up 5 to 10 lobster traps in which you may even win some fresh caught Maine lobster. Possible sightings of harbor seals, crabs and starfish. We supply all bait, tackle, bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water. 207-468-1468
Children’s Museum of Maine: Exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave & Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits, Space Shuttle, Camera-Obscura-Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free St., Portland 207-828-1234.
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 18th century to present. 7 Congress St., Portland 207-773-2787.
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. 138 Congress St., Portland 207-774-5561
The Arts District: Portland’s cultural community along Congress Street. 207-772-6828
Victoria Mansion: One of America’s most significant Victorian homes. All interiors are original and quite spectacular. 109 Danforth St., Portland 207-772-4841.
Wadsworth-Longfellow House: Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland 207-774-1822.
Bay View Cruises: 66′ 117 passenger boat with scheduled cruises. 184 Commercial St., Portland 207-761-0496
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 207-774-7871
Coast Watch & Guiding Light Navigation: Daily cruises to Eagle Island, 170 Commercial St., Portland 207-774-6498
Lucky Catch Lobstering: Experience lobstering first hand. 170 Commercial St., Portland 207-233-2026
Trina Lyn Fishing Charters: Family fishing charters for the novice to the most experienced angler. 9 Foss Rd., Saco 207-284-2352
Board Silly Puzzles & Games: a fun-filled shopping experience is offered to kids of all ages. 44 Old Orchard St., Unit 3, Old Orchard Beach 207-934-4020
Cascade Flea Market: Flea Market Rt. 1, 885 Portland Rd., Saco 207-282-8875
Cottage Designs Gift Shop: Maine Crafts and Gifts, 71 Seaside Ave., Ocean Park 207-934-4811
Dickinson’s Candy: A candy lovers dream! 42 Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach 207-934-7507
Dy-No-Mite Swimwear: Beachwear apparel and beach toys. 20 Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach 207-934-5728
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.”
Len Libby Candy Shops: quality handmade chocolates and candies, made from the finest ingredients. Rt. 1, Scarborough 207-883-4897
Lighthouse Depot: Largest collection of lighthouse gifts in the world. Rt. 1, Wells 207-646-0608.
L.L. Bean: World famous and open 24/7, 365 days per year. Freeport 207-865-1212.
Maine Mall: Over 135 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Rd., South Portland 207-774
OOB Baseball Card & Sport Shop: Vast array of baseball card selection. 17C Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach 207-934-1889
Old Port Restaurants and Shops: 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 207-772-6828
Saco Valley Shopping Center: 12 stores, 2 banks and a restaurant. Free parking. Rt. 1, Saco
Saco Bay Tackle: Saco Bay Tackle is a hard-core tackle shop, dedicated to serving the serious and beginning anglers. Rt. 1, Saco 207-284-4453
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: Auto racing every Saturday night. Holmes Rd., Scarborough 207-883-5227.
Old Orchard Beach Ballpark: The Ballpark is back! 1 East Emerson Cummings Blvd., Old Orchard Beach
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. 207-879-9500.
Scarborough Downs: Seasonal harness racing. Rt. 1, Scarborough 207-883-4331.
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.
Gilsland Farm: Maine Audubon Sanctuary offering trails, field trips and a gift shop. Route 1, Falmouth 207-781-2330
Maine Wildlife Park: Moose, Bear, Deer, Cougars, Eagles and more. Nature Trail and Displays. Route 26, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray 207-657-4977 (Exit 11 off the I-495, Maine Turnpike)
Marginal Way Scenic Walk: Ogunquit one-mile path along the coast. Ends in Perkins Cove.
Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve: Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Route 9, Kennebunk/Wells 207-646-1555
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center: Maine’s largest salt marsh. Guided and self-guided canoe tours. Abundant shorebird sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Route 9, Scarborough 207-883-5100
Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm: 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 spectacular marsh walkways and trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year-round. 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells 207-646-1555