Positioned about 100 miles north of Boston, Previous Orchard Seashore, Maine, is not like many different resort cities in New England — nearer in really feel to cities on the coast of New Jersey than these on Cape Cod — which is exactly why it is so particular.
From its well-known pier to its amusement park and arcade to its seven-mile lengthy seashore and its plethora of avenue meals choices, visiting Previous Orchard Seashore seems like a step again to summertime from a long time previous.
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Final weekend, I visited the seashore city with 9 of my shut buddies. Since school, we have taken a gaggle journey to the seashore collectively virtually each summer season; we might gone to OOB in 2019 as effectively, the summer season earlier than the pandemic started.
For a visit like this, among the finest issues about OOB is how walkable the whole lot is: with one exception, none us of drove wherever from the time we arrived on Thursday night till we left Sunday morning.
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We would rented small cottages the final time, however we had been late in planning this yr and so as an alternative booked two-bedroom suites at a motel with the unbelievably nondescript title Seashore Motel & Suites. Our rooms had been all subsequent to one another, proper by a pool and picnic tables the place we frolicked and performed cribbage; it suited us completely.
The motel was a five-minute stroll from many of the city’s sights. The identical was true for the cottages we stayed finally time, and there are all kinds of comparable locations to remain, all inside strolling distance, so no want to fret about parking areas or about Ubers to get dwelling safely after a pair drinks.
The ocean is, clearly, the first draw of a vacation spot like OOB, and the sandy seashore is spacious, clear, and conveniently situated. On each Friday and Saturday we spent hours on the seashore, unfold out on blankets and chairs, catching up, gossiping, and having fun with the water, which was shockingly not frigid for Maine in August.
The seashore downtown is straight subsequent to the amusement park, arcade, and lots of the locations to get summery fried meals, so it was simple to take a fast break from the solar to seize a chew, play some Skee-Ball or trip the swinging ship.
Talking of meals, the final time we might come to OOB, I used to be launched to the cinnamon rolls at Ocean Park Subs & Grocery, that are legendary within the space and don’t disappoint. Tucked away in a largely residential neighborhood, this was the one factor all weekend I drove to, although it was solely a pair minutes from our motel.
The following day, conveniently, we discovered we may get the Ocean Park buns at a restaurant a lot nearer to our motel, so we walked there for breakfast. After consuming one (or two) of the cinnamon rolls every day, I may use that added train.
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Wherever you get them, your journey to OOB will not be full till you’ve got had one (or, once more, two).
Palace Playland, OOB’s amusement park dates again over 100 years and is among the final beachfront amusement parks in New England — it was additionally dwelling to the US’ first carousel.
The fashionable-day park has greater than two-dozen rides together with a curler coaster, the Sea Viper, and different thrill rides alongside household and kiddie rides, a funhouse, bumper automobiles, and a Ferris wheel. We rode a lot of them, however personally I had probably the most enjoyable on the curler coasters and the bumper automobiles. Who would not love driving (safely) into your folks?
We additionally spent lots of time popping out and in of the arcade, competing towards one another in Skee Ball and Sizzling Photographs basketball, capturing online game dinosaurs and making an attempt our luck at video games of likelihood. The arcade is large and was crowded every time we went, the noises and lights of the video games themselves and the excited chatter of opponents mixing to make a soundtrack of nice occasions.
When you’re in search of a handy weekend getaway for your loved ones, or with a gaggle of buddies or with a big different to have some kitschy, traditional American summer season enjoyable, Previous Orchard Seashore is a good choice.
However do not simply take my phrase for it.
I requested my buddies to share their ideas on OOB, this is what they needed to say:
“OOB is an ideal escape from actuality, the place your greatest considerations might be profitable arcade tickets or questioning what number of corn canine are too many in a single weekend. Add on the expansive seashore, full of life bars, and wildly enjoyable amusement park and it’s an unbeatable solution to spend a trip.” — Greg
“Good for a fast weekend getaway with buddies. OOB has one thing for everybody. Drinks, meals, leisure and an excellent seashore. Wanting ahead to going again subsequent yr.” — Johnny
“Previous Orchard Seashore is a good, iconic seashore city for all ages. The sandy seashores had been clear and simply accessible. The arcade and rides made any grown grownup channel their interior baby. You will discover any bizarre meals served fried in OOB, akin to cookie dough and Oreos. The weekend was an total nice time and I might undoubtedly go to once more.” — Kelsey
“OOB is a good weekend getaway for all. It’s a brief drive from Boston and has loads to supply. Whether or not it’s enjoyable on the seashore, enjoying arcade video games, or having fun with a cocktail at an out of doors tiki bar, OOB is the escape you may undoubtedly get pleasure from.” — Marissa
“I beloved the shut proximity of lodging, actions, food and drinks to the seashore. The seashore was clear and the sand was mushy. It is an excellent place to go to with a giant group of buddies.” — JC
“I loved what number of choices for enjoyable and connection OOB gives! From enjoyable on the seashore or having fun with dwell music to looking for thrill on a rollercoaster or beating buddies in Skee-Ball, OOB gives one thing for each temper.” — Aley