Old Orchard Beach, Maine, is widely known for its iconic wooden pier jutting out over the ocean –

providing games, dining, and entertainment with the best of views. Alongside that pier stretches

seven miles of sandy beach that’s perfect for an afternoon lounging under the sun or playing in the

waves. Even better, the beach is bordered by an amusement park with a Ferris wheel, carousel,

thrill rides, fried dough, and other delights. There are plenty of must-do’s while visiting Old

Orchard Beach: Try the signature offering at Pier French Fries, for instance, or browse the aisles at

Dickinson’s Candy Factory. Read on for some of our favorite things to do, places to eat, and places

to stay in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Palace Playland, the amusement park that lies just steps from the beach, is part of what makes Old

Orchard Beach so iconic. After all, you can’t dive into the ocean and pop up to see a lit-up Ferris

wheel going round and round at just any old beach. There’s also a carousel, two roller coasters,

and several other thrill rides, plus plenty of amusement park food.



It’s not a trip to Old Orchard Beach without a stop at Pier French Fries, which serves up fries made

from local potatoes and topped with everything from ketchup, vinegar, and salt to (for the more

adventurous) hot nacho cheese, gravy, and chili. Poutine and other tasty treats are also available.


Once a private home and now a family-owned eatery, Joseph’s by the Sea beckons those seeking

upscale dining with an ocean view. Along with an ample menu of wines, beers, and cocktails, there

are dishes both classic (charbroiled swordfish, baked stuffed lobster) and unexpected (bison

cranberry meatloaf), with vegan and gluten-free options included.

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