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About Old Orchard Beach

Visit Old Orchard Beach, a small town in York County, for the perfect all-American beach vacation. Locals will welcome you with open arms! Book a vacation rental in the heart of town with FlipKey.

About Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Tucked inside Saco Bay, this popular beach spot has a great view of the Atlantic Ocean – though the waves are calm and peaceful. Perfect for kids and unconfident swimmers.

The first official settlers came to Old Orchard Beach in 1657, though the Abenaki tribe regularly set up camp in the area.

The name of the town comes from the founder, Thomas Rogers, and his abandoned apple orchard. It's a quaint story, that any local will tell you if you ask nicely. Perhaps over a local beer or two?

Since its creation, Old Orchard Beach has been a tourist destination, so they're pretty good at it by now! There's a range of stores, activities and locations for you to explore. Make sure you get to do it all by going to the Visitor Center and asking for recommendations – they might even be able to give you a discount!

What to do

Head to the seven mile sandy beach for a great day out. There are lifeguards just in case, but the waters are quite calm.

Take a stroll along the old pier – you can shop, eat, play carnival games and even have a wild night out if you fancy it. Some nights they throw firework displays, so see if you can catch one.

If you've brought the kids, check out the Beachfront Palace Playland Park – it's popular, so go early! It's the only beachfront amusement park in New England, and is always a great day out.

If you're a fan of crazy golf, head to Pirate's Cove – it's a great spot for the kids where you can let your competitive side come out. If you want something a little more sophisticated, head to Dunegrass Golf Club – it has 18 challenging holes for you to try.

Top Old Orchard Beach travel tips

Like beer? Head to The Run Of The Mill Public House & Brewery and try a refreshing drink looking out over the ocean.

Driving is probably the best way to get to Old Orchard Beach, but walk everywhere once you get there as parking is difficult.

If you go in the summer, you could catch Amtrak's Downeaster train instead.

For a small-town beach vacation, head to Old Orchard Beach! It's a great destination for all the family, so find your vacation rental on FlipKey, today!