Things to Do
our wide seven mile stretch of sandy beach is understandably a major attraction
for the many of our visitors, there are many things to see and do in the
immediate vicinity of Old Orchard Beach.
& Nature Preserves
Beach State Park
117 acres of beach and nature trails. Off Route 9 in Saco. 283-0067.
Maine Audubon Sanctuary offering trails, field trips and a gift shop. North of
Portland in Falmouth off Route 1. 781-2330.
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.
Carson Wildlife Refuge
Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt. 1 to Wells,
East on Rt. 9. 646-1555.
Marsh Nature Center
Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected
wildlife sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Rt. 9,
Lights State Park
Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape
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 trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year round. 342
Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 646-1555.
Museum of Maine
Expanded exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave & Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits,
Space Shuttle, Camera Obscure a, Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free Street,
Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street, Biddeford. 282-0849.
Historic shipyard site and maritime history building on Kennebec River. 243
Washington St., Bath. 443-1316.
Orchard Beach Historical Society
Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th
Century. Portland Ave., Old Orchard Beach. 934-9319. Portland Museum of Art 7
Congress Sq., Portland, 773-2787.www.harmonmuseum.org
Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland. 773-8191.
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.
One of America's most significant Victorian homes. All interiors are original
and quite spectacular. 109 Danforth St., Portland. 772-4841.
Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland. 774-1822.
at New field
Restored 19th Century Village with 36 buildings and 11,000 artifacts including
1894 carousel. Off Rt. 11 on Main St., Newfield. 793-2784.
Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to
present. 371 Main St., Saco. 282-3031.
Over 100 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Road,
So. Portland. 774-0303.
Portland's Historic District offering over 158 shops, 65 restaurants, 28
galleries, and numerous pubs. 400 Congress St., Portland. 772-6828.
World famous and open 24 hours 365 days per year 40 minutes north in Freeport.
Freeport also offers over 100 outlet stores. 865-1212.
Just 45 minutes south of Old Orchard Beach offers 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. Kittery.
Valley Shopping Center
12 stores, 2 banks and a restaurant. Free parking. Just off Route 1, Saco.
& Saco Country Club
18 holes, 6300 yd. Par 70, 101 Old Orchard Rd., Saco. 282-5883.
18 holes, 6508 yd., par 71, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach.
Orchard Beach Country Club
9 holes, 3000 yd., par 35, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach.
18 Holes, 5980 yd., Par 70, off Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-9351.
Daily excursions to Portland! Enjoy
a fully narrated city tour (with a stop at
The Lighthouse!), a 90 minute harbor cruise, plus shopping in the Old Port.
Recreation, Whale Watches & Boat Cruises
Year-round narrated cruises on Casco Bay. Daily ferry sevice to 5 Casco Bay
Islands. From Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets,
Portland. 774-7871, Fax: 774-7875.
Chance Whale Watches
4 Western Ave (at bridge), Kennebunk, ME 04043. 967-5507
Scenic cruises, deep-sea fishing, and whale watching. Kennebunkport. 967-5595.
Recreational and sailing excursions in Camp Ellis. 14 Beach Avenue, Saco, ME
Chance Scenic Lobster Cruise
4Western Ave (at bridge), Kennebunk, ME 04043. 967-5507
Cruise to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Cabins, entertainment, casino. 1-800-341-7540.P
Shy-Ann Deep Sea Fishing 28 Snow Road, Scarborough. 883-4691.
Lyn Fishing Charter
Private custom fishing for up to 4 people leaving from Camp Ellis by
reservation. 1998-22' custom built center console. P.O. Box 431, Camp Ellis,
Saco 284-2352/cell phone 283-2352.
Parks & Attractions
The home of Excalibur, Maine's only wooden roller coaster ranked one of the top
ten in the world. Family amusement and water park was 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. Ride pass, slide pass or combination pass, group rates. Route 1,
Saco, Maine (207) 284-5139
Maine's premier beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade, Kiddieland.
Maine's largest waterslide.Gondola Ferris Wheel and Galaxy Coaster. Open
Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks every Thursday night by the Pier, Old
Orchard Beach. 934-2001.
Games of skill, arcade, kiddie rides and much more. At the entrance to the Pier.
bumper boats, gigantic wave pool, mini golf and more! Route 1, Saco. 282-3112.
Ridge Motor Speedway
Auto racing every Saturday night. Holmes Road,
AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. 1994 Calder Cup Champions. Play in
Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 838-4665.
Sea Dogs Baseball
AA Farm Team for the Boston Red Sox. Home games held at Hadlock Field,
Portland, from April through September. 874-9300.
Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-4331.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
58 Fore St., Portland. 828-0814.
Largest collection of trolley cars in the United States. Workshop, shows on
premises, countryside trolley rides for visitors. Off Rt. 1, Log Cabin Rd.,
X-C skiing in winter. They make their own ice
Rt 1, Saco. 284-7386.
Ranges & Mini Golf Courses
Golf driving range and mini golf. Your swing on video tape to improve your game.
5 minutes to the beach at 955 Portland Rd., US Route 1, Saco, 282-3524.
Country Club Driving Range
Full practice hole, lessons available, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard
Beach. 800-521-1029 or 934-4513.
Cove Adventure Golf
36 holes of championship mini golf within an easy walk of Town Square and the
beach. 70 First St., Old Orchard Beach, 934-5086.
Golf driving range, mini golf, batting cages. 853 Cumberland St., Westbrook.
Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 934-5034.
5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111, Biddeford. 282-5995.
Maine Mall Area, S. Portland. 897-1511.
Maine Mall Rd., S. Portland, 774-1022.
Geary Brewing Co., Inc
38 Evergreen Drive, Portland. 878-2337.
Brewing Co., Inc
86 Newbury St., Portland. 761-0807
Coast Brewing Co
74 York St., Gorhams Corner, Portland. 733-BEER
Theater of Maine
Live theater for adults and children. 765 Main St., Westbrook. 874-0371.
Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland.
Washington & Fountain Aves., Old Orchard. 934-5553.
Church St., Old Orchard. 934-4381.
Point Congregational Church
Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-6540.
East Grand Ave., Old Orchard. 934-2973.
Margaret's Catholic Chapel
Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-0334.
Jude Catholic Chapel
Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-0334.
Luke's Catholic Chapel
Saco Ave., Old Orchard. 934-2322.
Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 934-5034.