Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Beach © Devin Young
As its name suggests, Old Orchard Beach's most popular attraction is its seven-mile (11km) stretch of sand, one of the best beaches in Maine. The town is a popular excursion for families in the summer, and ads to the entertainment with a seaside amusement park and weekly fireworks shows. Other popular activities include surfing, lobster boat tours, hiking, canoeing, and clamming.
Old Orchard Beach hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, however most happen between July and September, during peak holiday season. A direct seasonal train link from Boston and Portland make Old Orchard Beach easy to get to, however holiday weekends can be uncomfortably crowded. Old Orchard Beach is not a wildly popular winter destination, however activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.