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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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.  

I'd like to say Welcome to my new followers and thank you all 
for visiting.  

I hope you have a beautiful day.



P.S.  If you missed my post on the Portland Head Light just scroll down.  :)


  1. Well, I can see you have been having a fine time! So many folks want to see this part of the country. Us too. Your lighthouse photos are wonderful! Fun to see you and Vee together too!

  2. Very interesting post! Must post some photos of our beach and see how it compares! Same sort of temperatures though with a cold sharp wind

  3. Fun to see the photos, Pam. This is not a place I visited but wish I could have. The name sounds so familiar though.

  4. I loved this photo-tour! Beautiful photos and so fun to "travel" from my kitchen table. Thank you!

    Gracious Hospitality

  5. Your photo representation of Old Orchard is lovey. Now where is the warm weather to complemant the beautiful surroundings?? Perhaps we'll put this on our places to visit this summer list.
    Nice job. Brrr. I do not enjoy today's rain. Your post puts me in a beach walking mood.

  6. Hi Pamela, your photos are always so interesting and beautiful. I love the ole amusement parks. Aren't those boardwalks kind of scary up on those poles. We have the same thing in Santa Cruz, where I grew up. It makes you wonder how they can last so long in the water all the time. I bet the roller coaster is pretty all lit up with those colored lights..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  7. So that's what we've been missing! An old "busker" and fried clams. I don't eat fried seafood so I'm good. John enjoys his fried clams inland; although, we both enjoy a good dinner at Lincolnville Beach. It looks like an interesting place...I had no idea that the beach was that long nor that it had such a varied history. It takes a tourist to inform me! Beautiful pictures as always and, yes, I'm thinking "Note Card."

  8. So picturesque! I would LOVE to spend a few days there!

  9. We love walking along beaches. That looks like a nice place to visit. I'd pass on the fried clams too.

  10. Oh I have got to get there. You do know that Old Orchard Beach is also known as South Quebec. Apparently in the summer you can hear as much French as English....well, that is what they say. I will have to test it out!!

  11. I have never been to Maine, but that streetscape is just what I love!!!
    The beach is beautiful...
    My oldest daughter, SIL and their dog Lola, have rented a cottage in the Fall in Maine...
    Looks like they will have a beautiful time!!!
    Thanks for the tour!!

    Linda :o)

  12. Looks like a fun beach town, with the pier and rides. Great shots, I love to spend time at the beach!

  13. Thanks for sharing these! I would love to visit Maine again.

  14. Those colorful little structures on the pier making a striking photo!

  15. We stopped in Olde Orchard Beach the other year, it was really busy!!

    I would not have passed the fried calms up, they are my all time favourite ,sadly, I only have them when I come "home"

  16. Beaches are wonderful places in almost any weather. I wouldn't want to be surfing yet, though. Actually, I wouldn't ever surf, because I don't know how. But I love walking the beach. The busker is a funny guy, isn't he?

  17. Beautiful place! I love the shot under the boardwalk with all the wooden supports!

  18. Thanks for taking us along on your tour. I love the pier with its supports. We have one in this country called Southend Pier (take a look), it has so long that it has a train to get to the end! Take care. Chel x

  19. We used to drive up there for a little visit now and then when visiting Maine, but mostly spent time at Ogunquit further south and closer to home - our favorite spot! I so love Maine and could easily move back to New England it I could live there on the coast! Hey, then I'd be closer to you and we could get together, nice!!!! I love fried clams but it's been several years since I've had them at the clam shack - as you say, not the healthiest way of eating!

    Lovely photos Pamela - bit chilly looking but ideal for catching the colors and feeling of the beach community at this time of year. Sunny Summers ahead I'm certain.

    Hugs - Mary

  20. Love the pier with all of its charming structures and colors. What a fun place to visit Pam. Great images and commentary of your trip. :)

  21. Lovely! Have I told you we are headed to Maine this summer? We have much to look forward to.

  22. I love this post! I grew up in MA, so have been to Old Orchard Beach before, but it has been a LONG time. Now I'm craving fried clams.... and here in the midwest, well, I won't be able to find any that come close to the ones in Maine.

    Have a great weekend!


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