Make the most of your trip to Old Orchard Beach with these insider tips.

  1. “Make sure to go [to Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf] during off-peak hours. Could be tougher for small children with wait times and bottlenecks.” – Kirk J.
  2. “Be sure to visit Palace Playland and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday nights.” – semperfi80
  3. “Best deal is to buy a day pass [to Palace Playland}.” – Bill Cindy L.
  4. “September is a lot quieter for older folks who want to relax.” – winefan2016
  5. “If you love pizza, you need to try Bill’s Pizza.” – edandrose691
  6. “People must know to come early [to the beach] to mark your territory.” – karajohnsonsmith
  7. “Parking can be problematic so plan ahead. Make sure to go to Big Daddy’s for adult food!” – Kirk J.
  8. “Seagulls are some of the most daring, and if your child has any piece of food waving in hand or if you leave unattended for a second, then it’s a total frenzy.” – ELMny
  9. “If you need a bathroom, avoid the pier as you have to pay to get in.” – onecoolraisin
  10. “The further away from the pier you go, the more room you’ll have to spread out.” – Phil T
  11. “They do let dogs in the beach before 10 a.m.” – 770MCP
  12. “Great photo ops under the pier, so be sure to get some pics there!” – gabi_kansas
  13. “If you want to sit fairly near the water, arrive early, and set up. You can leave your stuff there, unattended, and no one will touch it.” – MEKACA
  14. “If you want the beach experience, stay down the beach south of the pier. Lots of families and quieter.” – Julie M.
  15. “There is a city park just up the road [from the pier] that was a hidden gem for a family looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the beach.” – David H.
  16. “The best food for lunch or dinner is Big Daddy’s and for breakfast Breakfast Bagel.” – Donna M.
  17. “Take a snap of the funky pier, grab a t-shirt.” – trav226
  18. “There is parking at the pier for tourists for $10 a car.” – wolfgirlemt
  19. “You must try the Pier Fries when you are there and the fried dough is huge no matter where you buy it.” – LouisVilleGrace
  20. “If you can get accommodations right on the beach, you will have the extra soothing sounds of the ocean!” – CruiseSkiPete
  21. “Eating in the square next to the fountain is great.” – Tropicaldestinations
  22. “I recommend walking on this beach…it’s a lovely long shoreline that is easily accessible with a wide beach and certainly not many people in the winter! Quick note: No restrooms available in the winter.” – acandkc
  23. “You can walk for miles on the beach.” – RidgeTravellers
  24. “Off-season parking was cheap.” – thumpbumppy