In addition to on-the-beach theme parks and a 700 foot long pier above
the Atlantic Ocean tides, Old Orchard Beach's main attraction is its
seven miles long, sandy beach. Maine has a tidal shoreline of 3,478
miles, of those only 35 are sandy beach. Old Orchard Beach has the largest
share of any location in Maine. The beach stretches from Pine Point
south to Camp Ellis. Old Orchard Beach has been repeatedly voted "Maine's
Best Beach" by the state's residents.
Old Orchard Beach takes its name from an orchard that was once located
on some high ground in the area. Sailors used the orchard as a landmark.
Old Orchard Beach's potential as a summer resort area was recognized
early and the first inn opened in 1820, the same year Maine became a
state. For many years, Old Orchard Beach served as a vacation place
for America's rich and famous, including the Kennedys. It is rumored
that Joe Kennedy first kissed Rose on Old Orchard Beach, under the pier.
Old Orchard Beach is a true family resort - there's something for everyone
in this Maine paradise!