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“The Pier is not keeping pace with the rest of OOB”

Old Orchard Beach Pier
Reviewed October 22, 2017

My visit to the Pier this past summer was a major disappointment. It seems to offer less and less in decent options and quality of many of the shops is on the decline.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank wmcleve
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

We were there for a couple hours on a beautiful early fall day and the pier was lively and energetic. There is a plethora of things to do, see, shop and eat. Highly recommend a stop there when you are in the area.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank JAMESknoxville
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

We went after labor day so only the arcade was open. We were actually lucky and came when they were having their annual car show! So amazing to see such a wide range of classics cars. There were quaint little shops and I can see how summer time it would be a great attraction for family vacations. Great long sandy beach . local wholesome goodness and friendly vendors. My husband and I had a blast at their arcade area. Felt like kids on our first dates.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Yen N
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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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