is understandably the major attraction. But when visiting Old
Orchard Beach there is a full range of things available to see
and do in and around the Old Orchard Beach and Saco Bay area.
Maine's premier beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade,
beautiful carousel, Kiddieland. Gondola Ferris Wheel and
Galaxy Coaster. Great Children's Section. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks
every Thursday night by the Pier, Old Orchard Beach.
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.
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.
- 58 Ocean Park Road, Saco, 284-6174.
Rippin’ Lips Charters –
Enjoy the fun of recreational and offshore fishing in Maine with
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.
RECREATION, LOBSTER BOAT TOURS, WHALE WATCHES, DEEP SEA
FISHING, KAYAKING & MORE
- 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.
Fish stripers in the ocean of Kennebunkport with a licensed
Coast Guard Captain. 336 Guinea Road, Biddeford, 283-4129
Saco Bay Sailing -
Recreational and sailing excursions from Camp Ellis. 14
Beach Ave, Saco, 283-1624
Bare Knee Point Kayak
– Kayaking Rentals, Scenic River Cruises, 45 Camp Ellis Ave, Saco, ME 207-283-4455
Canoe Trips - Scarborough Marsh Nature Center
- Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe.
Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Rt. 9,
Saco Day Sails - 6 passenger boat.
Departs Camp Ellis Wharf. Call for reservations.
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,
Coast Watch & Guiding Light Navigation
– Daily cruises to Eagle Island, 170 Commercial St,
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.
– ½ day to 7 day trips. Peaks Island, 776-2373
– 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
- 1 ½ hour scenic lobster cruise, Harbor seals,
Walkers Point, lobster catches. 967-5507 (same as location
as First Chance).
Shenanigans Chartered Cruises
- Private Chartered Cruises, 967-3507
LIFE REFUGE, STATE PARKS, OUTDOOR WALKS
Ferry Beach State Park
- 117 acres of beach and nature trails. Off Route 9 in Saco.
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.
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
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,
Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve,
Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and
self-guided tours. Rt 9
Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 646-1555.
Scenic Walk - Ogunquit one-mile path along coast. Ends in
Cape Elizabeth Light/Two Lights State Park
– Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off
Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth. Directions: Take Route 1N to
traffic light at Oak Hill (intersection Rt 1N & Rt 207) Take
right onto Route 207 (Black Point Road). Follow almost to
the end and take a left onto Route 77. Follow Route 77 to
Two Lights road on right.
Goat Island Lighthouse
- Built in 1834. Best viewed from Cape Porpoise Pier. Follow
directions for Wood Island Light but stay on Route 9 toward
Kennebunkport. When you come into Cape Porpoise, take a left
at the Stop Sign where Route 9 makes a 90-degree right hand
turn. Drive 1/2 mile to end/Pier and park.
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.
1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 799-2661.
Directions – Option One: Follow directions to Cape Elizabeth
Light continuing beyond Two Lights Road on route 77 to Shore
Road/Portland Headlight. Option Two: Take Route 1N to
295N to Port/Waterfront Exit and stay to left. Take Danforth
Street thru 3-4 traffic lights. Take right on State Street
and cross over Casco Bay bridge onto Broadway Street. Take
right at second traffic light (Cottage Road) to Shore Road.
Headlight is on left. On a clear day, you can see six area
Wood Island Lighthouse
– This Lighthouse can be viewed in the distance from
Peekytoe Cottage. Take Route 1S to Route 9 (Main Street/Saco). Go thru
downtown area passing over Saco River and past Saco Island.
At bottom of hill past river bear right. Taking next left
onto Route 9 (Hill Street). Take left at first set of
traffic lights (Pool Road/Route 9/Route 208). Follow Route
208 to end. Take left on Route 208 thru Biddeford Pool and
lighthouse is on right.
AREA ATTRACTIONS, RECREATION,
HORSEBACK RIDING, BOWLING & MORE
Biddeford-Saco Ice Arena
Open to the Public Friday night 6:30-8:30pm, 283-0615.
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,
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).
Re Salon & Spa –
Grand Victorian Shops, Old Orchard Beach 934-0671
Smiling Hill Farm –
X-country skiing and Snowshoeing in winter. Homemade ice
cream. Westbrook, 775-4818
Vacationland Bowling & Recreation Center
- Rt 1 Saco, 284-7386
- Hot Air Balloon Rides. 17 Freeman St, Portland.
Crossing - Just 10 minutes frm the beach over
20 name brand stores and several name restaurants.
Restaurants include Olive Garden, Friday's, Long Horn
Steak House, Chili's, and Panera Bread. Stores include
Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Target, Best Buy, Fashion Bug,
Payless Shoe, Lowe's, and more. One exit South (exit 32)
- 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. Directions – Route 5 to I-195 to
I-95S. Pay turnpike toll booth in York and… Option 1)
Take exit 2 By Pass (Kittery/S.Berwick). Bear right off
exit and stay in left lane following signs for Kittery.
When you get to traffic circle go ¾ around and take
right onto Route 1N. Bear right onto Route 1N following
signs for Coastal Route to outlets. Option 2)
Immediately after paying toll, take exit 7
(Yorks/Berwick). Take left off exit and go to traffic
light. Take right on to route 1S. Follow route 1S for
- World famous and open 24 hours, 365 days per year. 30
minutes north in Freeport. Freeport also offers over 100
outlet stores. 865-1212. Freeport Outlet Directions –
Route 1N to I-295N which turns into I-95N. Take exit 20 or
22 (Downtown Freeport) and follow signs.
Maine Mall -
Over 135 stores including restaurants, theaters and more.
364 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland. 774-0303.
Directions – Get on Route 1N to I-295N to Maine Mall Road
exit or Route 1N to traffic light at Route 98/1N
intersection. Take left at 2nd set of Lights
(Payne Road). Five miles to Maine Mall.
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 Portland’s historic waterfront. 400 Congress St.,
Portland. 772-6828. Directions – Route 1N to I-295N
to: Option 1: Take Exit 4 (Port Waterfront Exit). Bear right
to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial
Street. Follow Commercial Street into Old Port. Option 2:
Take Exit 7(Franklin Arterial). Go to your 4th
set of traffic lights. Take right onto Congress Street. Take
3rd left (Exchange Street).
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.
Len Libby Candy Shops
– 419 US Rt 1, Scarborough 883-4897
– Largest collection of lighthouse gifts in the world. Route
1, Wells, 646-0608. Get on Route 1 South thru Saco,
Biddeford and Kennebunk. Depot is on right soon after
crossing into Wells.
Live Bands and Karaoke:
Pier Patio Pub,
Mr Goodbars, and Surf 6.
Fireworks Display by the Pier
– Every Thursday at 9:30pm from late June
thru Labor Day.
Weekly Concerts in Town Square
– Free Shows by the Pier every Monday and
Tuesday night at 7pm in season.
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
–America’s 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 Maine’s Science Building.
Portland Symphony Orchestra
- Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St.,
Portland Concert Association
- Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, & more.
Portland Opera Repertory Theatre
– Grand Opera in Portland’s magnificent Merrill Auditorium.
Cumberland County Civic Center
– Music Concerts, Sporting Events Etc.
Children’s Theater of Maine
theater for adults and children. 25A Forest Ave.,
Portland Public Library
- Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument
Sq., Portland. 871-1707
Twelve-screen IMAX Theatre stadium seating, digital stereo theater and
arcade. Route 1, Saco, 282-6234
Cinema Pub - 5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111,
SUMMER THEATRE & THEATRE
Theater - Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street,
Arundel Barn Playhouse
Summer Theatre, Just off Route 1,
Arundel, Tuesday – Saturdays in Season, 985-5552
Take Route 1 South thru Saco and Biddeford and into
Arundel. Go left at the light (just prior to Blue
Moon Diner) - Playhouse will be 200 yards on your
– Stock Summer Theatre, Rt 1 Ogunquit, 646-5511. Take Route
1 South thru Saco, Biddeford, Arundel, Kennebunk, Wells and
Ogunquit. Playhouse is on left in Ogunquit just prior to
York Town Line.
– Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. Just off Rt 117. 929-6472
MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Beach Historical Society - Features historical
memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th
Century. Top of Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach.
decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th
century to present. 371 Main St., Saco. 282-3031.
Maritime Museum - Historic shipyard site and maritime
history building on Kennebec River. 243 Washington St.,
at Newfield - Restored 19th Century Village with 36
buildings and 11,000 artifacts including 1894 carousel. Off
Rt. 11 on Main St., Newfield. 793-2784.
Museum of Art
– Maine’s 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,
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
Children’s 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.
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.
District – Portland’s 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.
Tours of the Kennebunkport
- 1 hour Historic walking tours from the Nott House,
967-2513 or 2751
Tours of the Kennebunks. Intown Trolley - in season
- Greek Revival House – Open Mid June to Mid-October,
$3, 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 -
Sport & Fitness
- 329 North Street, Saco, 284-5953
Works Health and Fitness Center
- 644 Main St, Saco, 284-9924
YMCA Northern York County
- Alfred Road (Rt 111), Biddeford, 283-0100
Rock Gym Indoor Climbing Gym
– No experience needed. 127 Marginal Way, Portland, 780-6370
Motor Speedway - Auto racing every Saturday night.
Holmes Road, Scarborough. 883-5227.
Pirates Hockey - AHL affiliate of NHL Washington
Capitals. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular
Season: October to early April. 775-3458.
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.
Downs - Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough.
DRIVING RANGES - GOLF
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
Brewing Co Inc. - 38 Evergreen Drive, Portland, 878-2337
Federal Jacks Brew Pub -
Shipyard Ale, Lower Village -
Brewing Co. - 86 Newbury St, Portland, 761-0807
Brewing Co. - 74 York St, Gorhams Corner, Portland,
Sebago Brewing Company Restaurant - Near Maine Mall. 201 Southborough Drive, Scarborough, ME 207-874-2337
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.
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,
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,
18 Hole Course.
Sable Oaks South – 505 Country Club Road,
Hole Course, across Interstate from Maine Mall.
18 Hole Course.
Halla Golf Course – 1
Val Halla Road, Cumberland Center, 829-2226,
18 Hole Course.
Arundel Golf Course -
18 Hole Course.
Elm Golf Course -
Brimstone Road, Arundel, 282-9850,
18 Hole Course.
Pleasant Hill Golf Course
- Country Club Road, Sanford, 324-5462,
18 Hole Course.
Shore Road, Cape Neddick, 361-2011,
18 Hole Course.
Ledges Drive, York, 351-2727,
18 Hole Course.
Sebago Golf Course –
Casco, 655-2747, 18 Hole Course.
Methodist - Washington & Fountain Aves., Old Orchard
Congregational Church - Pine Point Road, Scarborough.
Congregation Beth Israel - East Grand Ave., Old Orchard
Catholic Chapel - Pine Point Road, Scarborough.
Catholic Chapel - Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach.
Margaret's Catholic Chapel - Saco Ave and Old Orchard
Street, Old Orchard Beach 934-2322.
- Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 934-5034.
Maine Medical Center – Near I-95
and Exit 32 Maine Turnpike.
Medical Center – Get on Route 1 North to I-295N. Take Exit 5 (Congress
St./East Ramp). At third traffic light, take right onto Bramhall Street. Bear right at fork. Hospital is on right.
Route 1 North to I-295N. Take Exit 4 (Port/Waterfront).
Bear left onto Danforth Street. Take left on Winter
Street. Hospital is on right.