Introduction to Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Old Orchard Beach, Maine, in York county, is 11 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 87 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Portland metro area, Old Orchard Beach is home to some 8,856 residents.
Old Orchard Beach History
Old Orchard Beach was settled in by Europeans in 1657. The name of the town is derived from the old apple orchard that acted as a landmark to the sailors for many years. Growth and home building followed after the Civil War.
Old Orchard Beach and nearby Attractions
- Old Orchard Beach
- Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Museum
- Palace Playland
- Maine Wildlife Park
- Pirates Cove Adventure Golf
Things To Do In Old Orchard Beach
One can enjoy various water sports at the Old Orchard Beach and Surfside Beach. The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Museum is a notable site to visit while in the town. Palace Playland is the only beachfront amusement park in New England. Moose, bears, cougars and deer can be seen in their natural environment at the Maine Wildlife Park.
Old Orchard Beach Transportation
Portland International is the nearest major airport.
Old Orchard Beach Higher Education
Higher studies can be pursued at the University of New England-University Campus, the University of Southern Maine, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of New Hampshire.