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The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine is ideally situated on the scenic coastline of Southern Maine where it offers a beautiful sandy beach and a refreshing ocean breeze to residents and tourists alike. This small town of 9,000 people flourishes as both a vibrant seaside community and a year-round tourist destination. Residents and visitors enjoy a friendly small town atmosphere, diverse cultural offerings and host of recreational opportunities. The Town of Old Orchard Beach is currently celebrating its 125th anniversary and history buffs can research Old Orchard's colorful past at the Harmon Museum. The Museum is home to the Old Orchard Beach Historical Society and houses thousands of pieces of history, including evidence of "The Great Fire of Old Orchard Beach" in 1907. The town is a bustling tourist destination during the summer months with many unique activities to enjoy. Visitors and residents enjoy town-wide festivals and open-air concerts in the newly redesigned Memorial Park, walking on the historic Pier, and just enjoying a wonderful sunny day at the beach. There are unique boutiques, quaint coffee shops, old-fashioned ice cream parlors, beautiful oceanfront lodging and exciting night life. For adrenaline seekers, there is a collection of thrill rides at Palace Playland, an amusement park located adjacent to the beach. Visitors can also "ride the bull" at Jimmy The Greeks where they offer wonderful, brick-oven pizzas and great pub fare. For a more subdued dinner, there is the famous Joseph's By The Sea where you can have an outstanding gourmet dinner. After dinner, take a walk for dessert to Dickinson's Candy for a true old-fashioned candy store where they make their own fudge and have thousands of different, hard-to-find candies. If you would rather be away from the beach and out on the water, visitors and residents can walk to Pine Point in the Town of Scarborough. This is a classic Maine fishing harbor where approximately 50 lobster boats take their mooring. You can charter a fishing boat and try your hand at some great sport-fishing in Saco Bay or even take your family tubing! The opportunities are vast. A few minutes inland of Pine Point, the Scarborough Marsh boasts the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Center where you can take guided nature walks in Maine's largest salt water marshes. The best way to experience the marsh is in a canoe. The Marsh Center has canoes to rent, and on a beautiful warm day, it is a very special trip where you can see many indigenous birds and possibly seals. If you prefer to be on land, instead of on the water, one can access All four seasons are abuzz with activity in Old Orchard Beach. In June, thousands of people gather for the 'Run For Cash' road race which is held in honor of Captain Christopher Cash, a local man who lost his life in Iraq in 2004. In September, the local fire department hosts one of the largest antique car shows in the State. The Dunegrass golf course located in the heart of Old Orchard Beach offers recreational activity throughout year, as does the Eastern Trail — a multi-use recreational trail stretching from Kittery to Casco Bay. The nearby apple orchards and farms also offer a plethora of recreational opportunities. The winter in Old Orchard Beach is peaceful and quiet. The town square lights up with a giant 60ft Christmas tree, and what better way to spend a blustery winter day than walking on the beach and then enjoying a cup of hot New England clam chowder? Old Orchard Beach is located within 20 minutes of the largest city in the state, Portland and 90 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts making it an easy get-away for tourists. While in Portland, visitors can to take the ferry to one of the islands dotting the coast and bike around! A must-do is to see Portland Head Light—the most iconic lighthouse in the state. You can also enjoy minor league hockey action with the Portland Pirates in the wintertime, or minor league baseball with the Portland Seadogs in the summertime. Like no other community in the state, Old Orchard Beach offers the quaintness and small town quality of life for which Maine is famous, in combination with the modern amenities and excitement of a resort community. Whether stopping by town for a long- weekend, a summer month, or a lifetime, Old Orchard Beach is sure to leave you with a smile on your face and a mental catalogue of pleasant memories for you to cherish.

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