Top things to do in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Top Choice Cafe in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Elements: Books Coffee Beer

Books, coffee, beer? Seriously, do we need to write anything more in this review? Oh, alright: Elements is an independent, well-curated bookstore that happens to have an excellent on-site cafe and a bar with a sweet…
Top Choice Diner in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Palace Diner

This 15-seat diner is the oldest in Maine, and it's lasted so long for a reason: the breakfast and lunch dishes are totally on point. Buttermilk pancakes, corned beef hash, tuna salad melts and fried chicken – the m…
Sports & Outdoors in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

An excellent example of Biddeford's revitalization, Hyperlite makes packs, outerwear and camping gear from Maine materials using a 100% local workforce. Its gear is minimalist, tough and functional, made with high-q…
Village in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Biddeford Pool

Biddeford Pool refers to many things: a large tidal pool, a small, well-kept town that surrounds said pool, and a quiet beach cove that feels a world away from the crowds at Old Orchard Beach. Parking is difficult t…
Pizza in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Pizza by Alex

We'd marry Pizza by Alex if it'd have us. It serves one size of pizza – a 10in personal pan – with a bunch of toppings (spinach, salami, anchovies etc). This is simply very good pizza; the kitchen has been perfectin…
Amusement Park in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Palace Playland

The Palace Playland, a vintage beachfront amusement park, is the fitting symbol of Old Orchard Beach – tacky and fun in equal measure. Its arcade games, carousel, Ferris wheel, children's rides, fried clam stands an…
Seafood in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

The Shack

The whole point of eating out in Old Orchard Beach is to have some form of fresh seafood – fried, grilled, broiled, whatever – served in a waterfront setting. The owners of the Shack understand this equation, and ha…
Art in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk

Held periodically (but with increasing frequency, if not regularity), the Biddeford and Saco art walks are a night when these towns celebrate the arts and creative communities they're aiming to nurture. Residential …
State Park in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Ferry Beach State Park

A pretty stretch of beach, inland walking areas, a small nature center, picnic spots and a rare (for this far north) grove of tupelo trees can all be found at this 117-acre park, as well as nice views of the sandy s…
Arts Center in Saco Bay & Old Orchard Beach

Engine

There's no one center for the Biddeford arts community, but Engine, a multi-use arts and studio space, is likely as close as it gets. Gallery shows, theater productions, craft fairs and an array of workshops and eve…