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“It isn't Coney Island, but...”

Old Orchard Beach Pier
Reviewed September 28, 2017

Old Orchard Beach has been a tourist destination since 1829. Located on the inner side of Sacco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean on the Maine coastline, Old Orchard Beach (population: 8,624) is part of the Portland/South Portland/Biddleford metropolitan area. A popular summer beach destination, it contains many tourist-oriented businesses, including clam shacks, T-short shops and souvenir shops. The seven-mile-long beach is lined with many beachfront properties, condominiums, motels and bed-and-breakfasts. First settled in 1657, the town's first Public House opened in 1829. Over the years, Old Orchard has developed into a major resort. At one time, airplanes took off from the beach. The oldest hotel, The Ocean House Hotel & Motel, built in 1895 and located at 71 West Grand Avenue, is still standing and retains its original parlors. The seaside amusement park Palace Playland, which dates to 1902, is located in Old Orchard Beach. It was home to the first carousel in the United States. The current version of Palace Playland boasts a newly built Ferris wheel, a 24,000-square-foot arcade and 25 rides for adults and children. But the centerpiece is the Old Orchard Beach Pier, which at 1,825 feet was the longest steel pier in the world when construction was completed in 1898. It once hosted such acts as Frank Sinatra, Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Xavier Cugat. After storms, fires and blizzards destroyed parts of the pier, it was rebuilt in 1980 with the length reduced to 500 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. Today, the wooden walkway is lined with souvenir shops, carnival-style foods and a nightclub. Although the pier isn't the go-to destination it once was, Old Orchard Beach remains a popular summer vacation venue for tourists, particularly French Canadiens from Montreal and the province of Quebec. Or for Chicagoans on their way from Boston to Bar Harbor.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

The pier just felt dirty to me. We went to a couple of places on the pier and I wasn’t impressed by either place! Will go back to Old Orchard Beach but I think we’ll skip the pier!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Regina H
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

After dinner we drove to the Pier to avoid the crowds and Heat.. Very nice walk at 630 to 730 pm. I highly recommend it to people. It is visually appealing and relaxing. The beach is big enough and the amusment park is a little ways away (noise isn't too loud). I highly recommend visiting.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Pauline L
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

Unless you want to pay for overpriced mediocre food don't bother as there's many other better dining places. Good for getting a toe ring or t shirt but there really is nothing there to see. I found it a waste of time unless you just want a high view of the beach.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Joanne L
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

This pier has been destroyed by storms over and over again since 1898 and yet it still stands, an icon to the tough character of coastal Maine. I enjoyed looking at what looked like some of the old original planking that has been salvaged during the rebuilds and the many carved wood signs typical of bygone eras that are kept intact for the small businesses that are on the pier..

Date of experience: September 2017
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