Growing up in New England we spent every summer vacationing in Maine at first with a travel trailer and later with a summer cottage. During thise summers one of our frequent destinations was Old Orchard Beach where we would spend many days sunning, swiming and partaking in the laid back beach vibe. The beach is still much as I remember it as a child, the boardwalk pier is still the centerpiece.
The beach itself has a moderate slope and is relatively shallow which is perfect for the young ones to frolic and play in the surf. You can either stake out a spot of sand or find a shady area under the pier.
Aside from the water there are many activities available for the kids such as arcades, rides and all sorts of fast food.
There are plenty of public restrooms available:
Before you leave there is one thing you must try. Just prior to the entrance to the pier is a small stand called Pier French Fries. These are some of the best french fries you will ever have. Crunchy, fresh and absolutely delicious.
After a long day on the beach you can not leave Maine without trying the seafood. Our favorite post beach stop is the quintessential New England seafood shack The Clambake Restaurant in nearby Scarborough, Maine.
A very informal setting perfect for just coming off the beach in swimwear. When we were kids they used to put up large tents and awnings in the summer and we used to call the restaurant “The Tent.” I would recommend steamed clams, lobster and whatever fried seafood you like. YOu order at the window, pick up your order when it is ready and take it back to the large enclosed seating area.
There is no better way to spend a summer day than a day at the beach, beach junk food for lunch and a delicious seafood meal on the way home for dinner. A fifty year old childhood memjory that stiill delivers the same fulfilment today.