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Stay near Old Orchard Beach's top sights

Old Orchard Beach Pier77 locals recommend
The Brunswick48 locals recommend
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf49 locals recommend
Fielder's Choice11 locals recommend
Jimmy the Greek's22 locals recommend
Cinemagic & IMAX37 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Old Orchard Beach

  • Total rentals

    730 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $50 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    20K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    530 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    150 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    100 properties have a pool

Your guide to Old Orchard Beach

All About Old Orchard Beach

Located in scenic southern Maine, Old Orchard Beach boasts sought-after sunsets, 18th-century lighthouses, and an old-timey carnival vibe that’s made it a popular vacation spot since the late-1800s. With seven miles of grass-fringed shoreline at your disposal, this is the place to put your sandcastle-building skills to the test, take a dip in the gentle surf, or spend an afternoon getting dizzy at Palace Playground, a thrilling amusement park with traditional New England charm.

Not far from the roller-coaster roars and smell of fried dough you’ll discover pockets of pristine nature that invite a different kind of exploration. The nearby Saco River, with its salt marshes and birder-friendly hiking trails, is ideal for a quiet day of kayaking or canoeing, especially in autumn when the birch and maple trees show off their brilliant fall colors. But by dusk, everyone finds their way back to the Old Orchard Beach Boardwalk or the old wooden pier, which juts 500 feet into the Atlantic, for lobster rolls, live music, and the perfect summer sunset.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Old Orchard Beach

The balmy summer months bring local families and annual visitors from neighboring states to Old Orchard Beach to enjoy the laid-back beach lifestyle and rolling waves. If you prefer having the shoreline to yourself, consider visiting in September through May. This is a great time to enjoy the serene beauty of the area. As in other parts of New England, the autumn months bring colorful foliage, with peak conditions in mid-to-late October. Winter is ideal for snowbirds looking to bundle up with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the refreshing sea air. While many of the town’s attractions are closed during winter, the cold weather brings magnificent snow-covered terrain. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy a picturesque winter hike or visit a nearby ski resort for some faster-paced fun.

Top things to do in Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach Pier

The history of this traditional wooden pier dates back to 1898, and really very little has changed. Gone are the casinos that once drew visitors from Portland and Boston, but the excitement here still remains. Perched 20-feet over the tide, the pier is home to ice cream parlors, fried-fish restaurants, live music and comedy, and it’s still the best place to be during fireworks displays.

Lighthouse tours

Maine is home to more than 60 lighthouses, spread out along the entire coast. With some dating as far back as 1791, there's no shortage of history to be explored. Portland Headlight and Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse are within a short driving distance of Old Orchard Beach, offering a captivating look back at the state’s storied past.

Casco Bay Islands

Hop on one of the ferries in Portland, Maine, just 20 minutes away from Old Orchard Beach, and take to the waves for the day. Spend an afternoon wandering the scenic islands, dotted with colorful homes and charming inns. Peaks Island is known for its bucolic charm, quaint stores, and picturesque beach.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Old Orchard Beach?

    Old Orchard Beach experiences a temperate coastal climate. Summers are warm with average highs of 80°F (27°C), while winters are cold with average lows of 20°F (-6°C). The town receives moderate rainfall throughout the year, with November being the wettest month.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Old Orchard Beach?

    Popular activities in Old Orchard Beach include relaxing on the seven-mile sandy beach, exploring the Pier with its array of shops and eateries, and enjoying rides at Palace Playland. Hiking in the nearby nature reserves or taking a scenic bike ride along the Eastern Trail are also frequently suggested.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Old Orchard Beach?

    Old Orchard Beach is a hub of activity during the summer months, typically from June through August, when temperatures hover around 70-80°F (21-27°C). The Old Orchard Beach Lobster Dip in January and the Old Orchard Beach Beerfest in September are two popular events. Outside of these months, visitors often enjoy the quieter, serene atmosphere and the beauty of Maine's autumn foliage.

  • What are the best places to stay in Old Orchard Beach?

    Popular areas to stay in Old Orchard Beach include Downtown, known for its close proximity to the beach and pier, and Ocean Park, a quieter neighborhood with charming Victorian homes. The Kinney Shores area, known for its residential feel and proximity to the beach, is also frequently suggested.

  • What are the best places to visit in Old Orchard Beach?

    The most popular places to visit in Old Orchard Beach include the town's sandy beach, the Pier with its variety of shops and eateries, and Palace Playland, a beachfront amusement park. The Harmon Historical Museum is also frequently suggested for those interested in the area's history.

  • What are some hiking trails in Old Orchard Beach?

    For nature lovers, exploring the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge is often recommended. Located about 15 miles (24 km) away, it has trails of varying difficulty through diverse habitats. Closer to town, the Eastern Trail offers gentle hikes with beautiful marsh views.

  • What are some family activities to do in Old Orchard Beach?

    Families in Old Orchard Beach often enjoy a day at Palace Playland, a beachfront amusement park, or a visit to the nearby Aquaboggan Water Park. Building sandcastles at Old Orchard Beach or enjoying a ride on the vintage carousel at the Pier are also popular activities.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Old Orchard Beach?

    A day trip to the vibrant city of Portland, just 16 miles (26 km) from Old Orchard Beach, is often suggested. Visitors can explore the city's historic lighthouses, indulge in renowned seafood, or browse the local art scene. Another frequently recommended day trip is to Kennebunkport, a charming coastal town known for its art galleries and boutique shopping, located about 20 miles (32 km) away.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Old Orchard Beach?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Old Orchard Beach. From over 240 house rentals to over 60 cottage rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Old Orchard Beach?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Old Orchard Beach. Choose from more than 150 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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