Old Orchard Beach, a popular summer beach destination, is situated on the inner side of Saco Bay south of Portland, Maine. The beach is 7 miles (11 km) long.
The town of Old Orchard Beach was first settled in 1657 by Thomas Rogers who dubbed it "The Garden by the Sea" and it was named after his abandoned apple orchard. (wikipedia)
According to wikipedia the downtown contains many tourist-oriented business including clam shacks and t-shirt shops.
There are many motels, cottages, condominiums and bed and breakfasts located around the beach area.
It's a really busy spot in the summer.
There is an amusement park called Palace Playland next to the main entrance to the beach. There has been an amusement park there since 1902.
This is the pier at the entrance to the beach. There has been a pier at this spot since 1898, the first being made of steel. The various piers have been different lengths and different structures that were destroyed by storms and rebuilt, the latest being re-built in 1980.
At one time there was a ball room and a casino on the pier.
I find it amazing that all those poles hold up all that weight and there aren't even any people on it yet!
Good engineering right?
Under the boardwalk.
Looking down the beach.
Looking up the beach.
A collage of the waves and two surfers.
It must have been so cold.
The wind was strong and made it feel much colder than 14 C. that afternoon.
We were at Old Orchard Beach one other time on a hot summer day about 12 years ago. We remembered that it was very crowded, the streets jammed with cars and people, so we drove up the street farther and found a parking lot on the beach. We spent a little time walking on the sand that day and along the water's edge.
This past Saturday there were people around as well but parking and driving wasn't an issue. The smell of fried food filled the air as some of the clam shacks were open. We walked by one such place and there were several people ordering and eating mounds of fried food. It smelled good but, even though I love fried clams, all I could think of was my clogged arteries! Ha ha!!
There was a toothless old man busking on the street, playing a squawky old violin - if we cared to give him $2.00! He even asked for that! We kept on going while he played until we were past him then he stopped to wait for the next 'customer'.
Outside the clam 'shack'. The old busker is in the white jacket.
That is Old Orchard Beach.
It has changed a lot over it's historic lifetime but it still caters to those who love to go to the beach on a hot summer's day and wile away the hours on the hot sand between dips in the cool ocean.
Not on this particular day though.
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