The sun, surf and sand of Old Orchard Beach has long been the destination of vacationers looking to relax and enjoy the coast of Maine.
Old Orchard Beach has been promoted as a tourist destination since 1631, when its first settler, THOMAS ROGERS established a “Garden by the Sea”. The town takes its name from the Saco Avenue apple orchard Mr. Rogers’ abandoned when he relocated to Kittery. In 1829 the first Public House opened, and in 1837 tourists paid $1.50 each to stay at a local farm, meals included! Rail service between Boston and Portland and Old Orchard opened in 1842. In addition, airplanes took off from the beach and auto races were held on the sand…
For locals and visitors alike, the PIER has been the iconic representation of O.O.B. At one time it was the longest steel pier in the world with its own locomotive shuttle. The pier has housed casinos, restaurants, and other attractions, despite being repeatedly damaged by fires and storms.
During the big band era, every band of note appeared in O.O.B., and “THE BEACH” was on most major acts’ itineraries, including Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie.
Today, amusements, events, food, local activities and the unsurpassed natural beauty of the area continue to make Old Orchard Beach a popular tourist destination.
Whether arriving by train, plane, bus or automobile, OLD ORCHARD BEACH is still “MAINE’S PREMIER FAMILY BEACH RESORT”.