Through the windows of a restaurant not yet open at Old Orchard Beach in Maine
A family is camped out on the sheltered side of the Pier at Old Orchard Beach in Maine.
Three versions of the Pier were constructed by people and modified by nature. The first, built in 1898, was a “global cultural icon,” at 1,825 feet the longest steel pier in the world. Shortly after its completion a storm reduced its length by 150 feet. It was rebuilt, but 10 years later, after another storm, the pier was shortened to 700 feet. The current incarnation of the pier was built in 1980 after being destroyed by a blizzard in 1978. The current structure stretches 500 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The wooden walk way is lined with souvenir shops, carnival-style foods, and a night club at the end of the pier.
Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine is New England’s only beach front amusement park offering rides and amusements for the young and the thrill seeker. Rides include a classic Ferris wheel, carousel, two roller coasters and other thrill rides, right on the beach!
For beautiful sandy beaches, great lobster and amazing seascapes, the Maine coastline is hard to beat – especially for families.
While it is crowded in summer, fans of 11.2km-long Old Orchard beach would have it no other way. Quiet sands fringe the outskirts, but Old Orchard is famed for its beachside amusement park and historic pier.