Things To Do


Old Orchard Beach’s seven-mile stretch of sand beach is just 25 to 75-yards from White Cap Village for beach walks, sand castle building, sunning, surfing, and swimming. But Old Orchard Beach is also famous for its attractions by the Pier. You can walk to Palace Playland Amusement Park’s rides and arcades, boutiques, shops, restaurants, mini-golf, and weekly fireworks and annual events and festivals like Beach Olympics and the Old Orchard Beach Car Show.

AMUSEMENTS PARKS…

Palace Playland – Maine’s premier beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade, beautiful carousel, Kiddieland. Gondola Ferris Wheel and Galaxy Coaster. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks every Thursday night by the Pier, Old Orchard Beach. 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, giftshops, 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, 284-5139.

Aquaboggan Park – Waterslides, bumper boats, gigantic wave pool, mini golf and more! Route 1, Saco. 282-3112.

OCEAN RECREATION, LOBSTER BOAT TOURS, WHALE WATCHES, 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. We also offer full day offshore trips for sharks and ground fish such as cod, haddock and wolfish. 499-7474.

Rock N Reel Sport Fishing Charters – 21 Snow Road, Scarborough, 883-1015

Trina Lyn Fishing Charter – Private sport fishing charters within five minutes of Old Orchard Beach for up to four people. P.O. Box 431, Camp Ellis, Saco, 284-2352/cell phone 283-2352.

Saco Bay Sailing – Recreational and sailing excursions from Camp Ellis. 14 Beach Ave, Saco, 283-1624

Gone with the Wind –  Kayaking Rentals, Lessons, and Equipment, 283-8446

Canoe Trips – Scarborough Marsh Nature Center – Maine’s largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 883-5100

PORTLAND HARBOR:

Bay View Cruises –  66 117 passenger boat with scheduled cruises. 184 Commercial St, Portland, 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, 774-7871

Coast Watch & Guiding Light Navigation –  Daily cruises to Eagle Island, 170 Commercial St, Portland, 774-6498

Lucky Catch Lobstering –  Experience lobstering first hand. 170 Commercial St, Portland, 233-2026

Old Port Mariner Fleet –  Scenic Cruises, Whale Watches, Deep Sea Fishing. Long Wharf, Commercial St. Portland, 775-0727

Maine Island Kayak Co. –  Half day trips to Peaks Island, 776-2373

KENNEBUNKPORT HARBOR:

Whale Watch –  Two trips daily in July and August (approx 4 hours each). Just South of the Kennebunkport Bridge (Rt 9) behind Mobil/Big Apple Station, Kennebunk Lower Village, Free Parking. 967-5507, 1-800-767-2628.

Scenic Lobster Boat Cruise – Scenic lobster cruise, Harbor seals, Walkers Point, lobster catches. 967-5507 (same as location as First Chance).

Lady J Sportfishing Charters – Captain Adam Littell, Registered Maine Master Guide. Arundel Wharf. Phone: 985-7304

Schooner Lazyjack – Sailing Trips – Arundel Wharf, Ocean Ave Kennebunkport, 967-8809

Shenanigans Chartered Cruises – Private Chartered Cruises, 967-3507

LIGHTHOUSES

Cape Elizabeth Light/Two Lights State Park –  Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth.

Portland 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. On a clear day, you can see six area lights from here . 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 799-2661.

Goat Island Lighthouse – Built in 1834. Best viewed from Cape Porpoise Pier in Kennebunkport.

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.

Scarborough Marsh Nature Center – Maine’s largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Guided and self guided canoe tours. Abundant shorebird sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 883-5100.

Gilsland Farm – Maine Audubon Sanctuary offering trails, field trips and a gift shop. North of Portland in Falmouth off Route 1. 781-2330.

Maine Wildlife Park –  Moose, Bear, Deer, Cougars, Eagles and more. Nature Trail and Displays. Rt 26, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray, 657-4977

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 Road, Wells. 646-1555, 646-4521.

Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve – Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 646-1555.

Marginal Way Scenic Walk – Ogunquit one-mile path along coast. Ends in Perkins Cove.

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, 934-5086.

Schooners Mini-Golf – 58 Ocean Park Road, Saco, 284-6174.

DRIVING RANGES – GOLF

Dunegrass Country Club Driving Range – Full practice hole, lessons available, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 800-521-1029 or 934-4513. (see directions under Golf Courses)

Westerly Winds Golf Course and Sports Park – Driving range. Plus mini-golf, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook. 854-9463

GOLF COURSES

With over ten 18-hole golf courses within 30 minutes of the famous Pier, Old Orchard Beach makes a great golf holiday.

Biddeford & Saco Country Club – 18 holes, 6,300 yd. Par 70, 101 Old Orchard Road, Saco, 282-5883. Saco Ave toward Interstate (Exit 5). At 5 corners, just past the Village Inn, go left on Old Orchard Road. Course is ½ mile on your left.

Dunegrass Golf Club – 18 holes, 6,508 yd., par 71, 200 Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 934-4513. Get on Portland Ave. Go 2 miles and look for sign in left. Follow signs to clubhouse.

Old Orchard Beach Country Club – 9 holes, 3,000 yd., par 35, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 934-4513, 800-521-1029. Get on to Portland Ave. Go 2 miles and look for sign in left. Follow signs to clubhouse.

Westerly Winds Golf Course and Sports Park –  9-hole Championship and separate 9-hole par 3 course. Driving range. Plus mini-golf, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook. 854-9463

Willowdale Golf Club – 18 Holes, 5,980 yd., Par 70, off Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-9351. Get on Route 1 North. A couple miles after crossing Scarborough Marsh look for signs on right side of road. Follow signs to clubhouse.

None-Such River –  304 Gorham Road, Scarborough 883-0007, 18 Hole Course.

Sable Oaks South –  505 Country Club Road, So. Portland 775-6257, 18 Hole Course, across Interstate from Maine Mall.

Riverside – Portland 797-3524, 18 Hole Course.

Val Halla Golf Course –  1 Val Halla Road, Cumberland Center, 829-2226, 18 Hole Course.

Cape Arundel Golf Course – Kennebunkport, 967-3494, 18 Hole Course.

Dutch Elm Golf Course – Brimstone Road, Arundel, 282-9850, 18 Hole Course.

Webhannet Golf Club – Kennebunk, 967-3951, 18 Hole Course.

Pleasant Hill Golf Course – Country Club Road, Sanford, 324-5462, 18 Hole Course.

Cape Neddick – Shore Road, Cape Neddick, 361-2011, 18 Hole Course.

The Ledges – Ledges Drive, York, 351-2727, 18 Hole Course.

Point Sebago Golf Course –  #1 Rated Course in Southern Maine – Golf Digest. Route 302, Casco, 655-2747, 18 Hole Course.

AREA ATTRACTIONS, RECREATION, HORSEBACK RIDING, BOWLING & MORE

Biddeford-Saco Ice Arena – Open to the Public Friday night 6:30-8:30pm, 283-0615. Get on Route 1 South and drive thru Saco and thru Biddeford. When you get to Route 9 (at a five way intersection). Go right on route 9 following signs for I-95. Go 2 miles and Arena is on right, prior to the entrance to I-95 (set back off the road).

Desert of Maine –  Natural phenomenon, narrated tours, nature trails, museum. Open early May to mid October daily. 95 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-6962

Farmers Market – Saco Valley Shopping Center Parking Lot. Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning in season.

Harris Farm Cross County Ski Center – 40 Km of groomed X-C trails and Snow shoeing. Rentals and lunch available, ice skating pond. Maple sugaring in March. 30 minutes from Old Orchard Beach just off Rt. 35. 252 Buzzell Rd Dayton, 499-2678

Happy Wheels Skate Center – Roller Skating Rink, Portland, 797-8207

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad – Ride along Portland’s waterfront in an historic narrow gauge. Fun for all ages. 58 Fore Street, Portland. 828-0814. Directions  –  Route 1N to I-295N to: Take Port Waterfront Exit. Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street. Train is near end of street before it curves away from the water (after DiMillos Restaurant).

Romanza Salon –  Day Spa and Wellness Center. Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-8338

Twentieth Century Lanes & Sports Bar – Biddeford, 284-0980

Vacationland Bowling & Recreation Center – Rt 1 Saco, 284-7386

AREA SHOPPING

Biddeford Crossing – Just 10 minutes frm the beach over 20 name brand stores and several name restaurants. Restaurants include Olive Garden, Long Horn Steak House, Kobe, Casa Fiesta and Panera Bread. Stores include TJ Maxx, Target, Best Buy, Payless Shoe, Michael’s, Dress Barn and more. One exit South (exit 32) off I-95.

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. 1-888-KITTERY.

L.L. Bean – World famous and open 24 hours, 365 days per year. 30 minutes north in Freeport. Freeport also offers over 100 outlet stores. 865-1212.

The Maine Mall – Over 135 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland. 774-0303.

The Old Port – 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 Portlands historic waterfront. 400 Congress St., Portland. 772-6828.

Saco Valley Shopping Center – 12 stores, 2 banks and a restaurant. Free parking. Just off Route 1, Saco.

Antique Shops and Auctions –  All along Rt 1 in Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York & Kittery.

 

SUMMER THEATRE & THEATRE

City Theater – Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street, Biddeford. 282-0849.

Arundel Barn Playhouse –  Summer Theatre, Just off Route 1, Arundel, Tuesday  –  Saturdays in Season, 985-5552

Ogunquit Playhouse –  Stock Summer Theatre, Rt 1 Ogunquit, 646-5511.

Saco River Grange –  Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. Just off Rt 117. 929-6472

ARTS, MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Old Orchard Beach Historical Society – Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th Century. Top of Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach. 934-9319.

Saco Museum – Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to present. 371 Main St., Saco. 282-3031.

PORTLAND:

Portland Museum of Art –  Maines 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, 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. 774-5561

Childrens Museum of Maine – Exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave & Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits, Space Shuttle, Camera-Obscura-Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free Street, Portland. 828-1234.

Victoria Mansion – One of America’s most significant Victorian homes. All interiors are original and quite spectacular. 109 Danforth St., Portland. 772-4841.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House – Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland. 774-1822.

The Arts District –  Portlands cultural community along Congress Street  –  Portland, 772-6828

KENNEBUNKS (Museums, Historical Societies):

Brick Store Museum – Ship Models, Historic Displays, Rare Antiques, Paintings, Decorative Arts. 117 Main St, Kennebunk, 985-4802. Route One South. On left in downtown Kennebunk.

Kennebunkport Historical Society – 135 North St, Kennebunkport, 967-2751

Guided Tours of the Kennebunks. Intown Trolley – in season

Nott House – Greek Revival House  –  Open Mid June to Mid-October, Dock Square, Kennebunkport, 967-2513 or 967-2751

Seashore Trolley Museum –  Largest collection of trolley cars in the world. Countryside rides on historic rides. Log Cabin Road – Kennebunkport, 967-2800

SPORTING EVENTS

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Auto racing every Saturday night. Holmes Road, Scarborough. 883-5227.

Portland Pirates Hockey – AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 775-3458.

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. 879-9500.

Scarborough Downs – Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-4331.

ENTERTAINMENT

Live Bands and Karaoke –  Pier Patio Pub and Surf 6.

Fireworks Display by the Pier –  Every Thursday at 9:30pm from late June thru late August.

Salvation Army Pavilion Amphitheater –  Outdoor amphitheater featuring live entertainment throughout the summer for the entire family. Church Street, P.O. Box 285, Old Orchard Beach, 934-2024

Comedy Connection – Americas top professional stand-up comedians. 6 Custom House Wharf, In the Old Port. Portland, 774-5554

Southworth Planetarium – Shows for children and adults including laser concerts. Off I-295 Forest Ave. North to 96 Falmouth St., University of Southern Maines Science Building. Portland, 780-4249

Portland Symphony Orchestra – Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland. 773-8191

Portland Concert Association – Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, & more. 1-800-639-2707

Portland Opera Repertory Theatre –  Grand Opera in Portlands magnificent Merrill Auditorium. 767-0773

Cumberland County Civic Center –  Music Concerts, Sporting Events Etc.

KIDS ENTERTAINMENT

Childrens Theater of Maine – Live theater for adults and children. 25A Forest Ave., Portland. 874-0371

Portland Public Library – Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland. 871-1707

MOVIE THEATRES

Cinemagic –  Twelve-screen, stadium seating, digital stereo theater and arcade. Route 1, Saco, 282-6234

Smitty’s Cinema Pub – 5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111, Biddeford. 888-580-2211.

MICRO BREWERIES

D.L Geary Brewing Co Inc. – 38 Evergreen Drive, Portland, 878-2337

Shipyard Brewing Co. – 86 Newbury St, Portland, 761-0807

Stone Coast Brewing Co. – 74 York St, Gorhams Corner, Portland, 733-BEER

Shipyard Ale, Federal Jacks Brew Pub – Lower Village – Kennebunk, 967-4322

AREA CHURCHES

United Methodist – Washington & Fountain Aves., Old Orchard Beach. 934-5553.

Salvation Army Citadel – Church St., Old Orchard Beach. 934-4381.

Blue Point Congregational Church – Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-6540.

Congregation Beth Israel – East Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach. 934-2973.

St. Luke’s Catholic Chapel – Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach. 934-2322.

St. Margaret’s Catholic Chapel – Saco Ave and Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach 934-2322.

The Temple – Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 934-5034.

HOSPITALS

Southern Maine Medical Center –   1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford. (207) 283-7000.

Maine Medical Center –  22 Bramhall Street  Portland. (207) 662-0111

Mercy Hospital -144 State Street  Portland. (207) 879-3000