Old Orchard Beach

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The Pier is full of shops, restaurants, and various entertainment

Our first stop was Old Orchard Beach in Maine.   A popular tourist destination, it has a pier with shops and restaurants all along it, An amusement park, arcade, water park,  all kinds of gift stores, and naturally, a large beach.  A little over 200 miles from home, it took us about 3 and a half hours to get there, we arrived a little after noon.  We were able to find a parking lot for only $5, and left the car there to do some exploring.  Our first stop was the Pier itself, we walked to the end, exploring all the little shops, etc.   ...But our main goal at this point was to find a good place to have lunch!  We walked all the way to the end, and had sandwiches in a bar/restaurant we found there.  I don't remember the name of it, but it  had a bar in the middle, with tables all around the edges of the room, so everywhere was a window view of the ocean.

View from the restaurant at the end of the pier
 

They also had a balcony with small tables on it, that ran all around the outside of the restaurant.   Since it was a little chilly, windy and overcast, we opted to eat inside.  This didn't stop a lot of people who were enjoying the beach and swimming in the water!  In some places, there were gaps in the floorboards, and you could actually see the waves crashing below you!  Since we were at the very end of the pier, the restaurant was 100% over the water.  The food was decent, we enjoyed our lunch, then went to do some exploring. This place kind of reminds me of Navy Pier in Chicago, but on a much smaller scale.  Just like Navy Pier, it was crawling with tourists!

We slowly made our way back to the front, slipping in and out of the various shops along the way, picking up some souvenirs in the process (magnets, post cards, etc)Then we went to stroll around the amusement park.

Old Orchard Beach amusement park
  We didn't go on any rides, but they were all running!  Roller coaster, ferris wheel, bumper cars, etc.  and all the typical games of chance you would associate with a traveling carnival, except these are permanent.  They even had a large indoor carousel.   Melissa and I walked around a bit, then went into the arcade.  We did have a few intense games of air hockey, and played some skee-ball!  Then, she decided she wanted to have a psychic reading from some gypsy tarot-card lady that had a booth there, so I wandered around taking pictures while she did that.   Beyond the arcade and amusement area, the streets are lined with numorous touristy gift shops, selling swimwear, boogie boards, all kinds of beach paraphernalia, and loads and loads of T-shirts!  We spent about an hour checking these out, then we figured it was time to be on our way.
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
 There was still a couple more hours of driving ahead of us to get to Bar Harbor!  We decided that this would be a nice place to come back someday for a nice beach weekend... as long as the weather is cooperating!  It's also a good place to come if you have young kids!

jamartin39 says:
I have been through here many times and not once have I ever actually spent time in OOB
Posted on: Mar 21, 2011
WaltJake says:
Is that the name of it? It was the very last thing at the end of the Pier. You could actually walk aroung the outside of it to the other side, on the balcony. Thanks for the info!
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
whit_pie says:
I live close to here, i think maybe the pier patio pub is where your thinking of? its all the way at the end of it? o.o.b used to be alot better, or at least from what i remember. i love getting my palm read though.
Posted on: Jan 05, 2009
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The Pier is full of shops, restaur…
The Pier is full of shops, restau…
View from the restaurant at the en…
View from the restaurant at the e…
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
$5 parking lot, right near the pie…
$5 parking lot, right near the pi…
The Pier
The Pier
Kind of like Navy Pier in Chicago,…
Kind of like Navy Pier in Chicago…
They had an enclosed carosel
They had an enclosed carosel
A pretty long beach
A pretty long beach
It was overcast today, and not tha…
It was overcast today, and not th…
There is an amusement park right b…
There is an amusement park right …
Elian Gonzalez and friends, drift …
Elian Gonzalez and friends, drift…
Melissa enjoys a beer on the balco…
Melissa enjoys a beer on the balc…
Beach from the pier
Beach from the pier
I wish it was sunny!  I bet they d…
I wish it was sunny! I bet they …
there were tables all along the ba…
there were tables all along the b…
Was a little chilly, though..so we…
Was a little chilly, though..so w…
Walking back out onto the pier
Walking back out onto the pier
This was the place we ate... I for…
This was the place we ate... I fo…
I guess they have karaoke on the p…
I guess they have karaoke on the …
That big pink thing had a fan blow…
That big pink thing had a fan blo…
Melissa checks out the various sho…
Melissa checks out the various sh…
I dont know if this is a hotel, o…
I don't know if this is a hotel, …
lots of places to just walk up to …
lots of places to just walk up to…
It was like a permanent carnivel!
It was like a permanent carnivel!
Of course, they have to have one o…
Of course, they have to have one …
My friend Lee would love this shir…
My friend Lee would love this shi…
Covered carousel on the beach
Covered carousel on the beach
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
Old Orchard Beach amusement park
lots of games of chance
lots of games of chance
The Tarot card booth
The Tarot card booth
Melissa decided to get a psychic r…
Melissa decided to get a psychic …
View of the pier, from the beach
View of the pier, from the beach
Beginning of the pier
Beginning of the pier
A surprising number of people on t…
A surprising number of people on …
The amusement park goes right to t…
The amusement park goes right to …
We found a half-full lot for only …
We found a half-full lot for only…
Ok,,, next stop, Bar Harbor!
Ok,,, next stop, Bar Harbor!
Old Orchard Beach
photo by: WaltJake