Old Orchard Beach, Maine By: Maddex Sargent

Location

Red dot shows location of Old Orchard Beach on Maine map

Old Orchard Beach is located in southeast Maine. It is located in York County. Its ZIP code is 04064. It is near Portland, the biggest city in Maine. Portland is to the north of Old Orchard Beach.

Picture of the skyline of Portland, Maine

History

Old Orchard Beach was first officially settled in 1657 by a man named Thomas Rogers. It then was incorporated as a city on February 20, 1883. The historic Free Will Baptist Revival Camp was built in 1881 around this area.

Picture of historic Old Orchard beach

Geography

The time zone in Old Orchard Beach, as well as all of Maine, is eastern time. The total land area of Old Orchard Beach is 7.43 square miles, and the total water area of the town is 15.1 square miles. Old Orchard Beach is a town that is dominated by water.

A view from just outside of the beach

During high tourist season Old Orchard Beach sees its fair share of foreign exchange students come to town for summer break. These foreign exchange students are of Lithuanian, Latvian,Turkish, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Russian decent.

Things to do

Pictures of the pier at Old Orchard Beach

The pier at beach side is Old Orchard Beach's trademark. It has many things to do including an amusement park just outside. The amusement park is called Palace Play-Land. At Palace Play-Land there is a 24,000 square foot arcade, a new Ferris Wheel, and 25 rides.

The Pier

There has been three different versions of the pier. The first was built in 1898, and took $38,000 to build. At the end of the pier was a casino. When it was first built it was seen as a global cultural icon.

The Pier

Now the pier has several different restaurants and food stands. The pier has been famously known for is french fries. The french fries are simply called Pier French Fries, and they have been around since the early 1960's. It is also a perfect place to eat the World's best lobster.

Picture of the World's best lobster in Maine

Recent newS

Picture of participants at the annual lobster dip on the beach.

Over 300 people took part in the annual Old Orchard Beach Lobster Dip at noon, just short of high tide. It is held annually to benefit Special Olympics Maine. The Lobster Dip's best fundraiser is a 68 year old Kathleen Beecher, from Portland. She is known simply as "Lobster Queen". She has raised over $20,000 for Special Olympics Maine in her lifetime. This year alone, Beecher has raised $6,000.

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