Beachfront Amusement Parks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: James Harmon, Chamber Executive Director (207) 934-2500,
Press Contact: Greg Burke, Public Relations Contact (207) 985-1766,
Beachfront Amusement Park
Orchard Beach Maine: Do you ever wonder what happened to good
old fashioned family entertainment? Where did all the Ferris Wheels go?
When is the last time your child rode a hand-painted pony on a Carousel?
These classic childhood treasures are hard to find. In fact, there is
only one remaining beachfront amusement park in all of New England. Old
Orchard Beach is the place to bring your family for a classic beachfront
vacation and Palace Playland is that amusement park, like you remember,
that your kids will love.
This oceanfront park dates back to 1902, with traditional rides likes
the Sunwheel - a 70-foot high Ferris Wheel overlooking the 7-mile beach
and the Atlantic Ocean, and a beautiful hand painted Carousel. For old
fashioned value, Palace Playland still offers free admission, just as it
has for decades. Families can stroll the 4-acre beachfront park and view
all the games and galleries, arcade and rides, then purchase tickets for
the rides they choose. Located in the heart of the 7-mile beach next to
the famous Pier, Palace Playland is a must for every family visiting
Playland features 29 rides, kiddie rides for the youngsters and adult
rides that will make your hair stand on end. Palace Playland has two
roller coasters, the Orient Express and the Galaxi, plus thrill rides
such as Terminator, Adrenalin, and Power Surge! Drop Zone is a must if
you like the sensation of free falling five stories. If this sounds like
too much excitement, keep your feet grounded and visit Maine’s largest
arcade (24,000-square feet), try the midway games, or have your Palms
read for a glimpse into your future. Little kids will love Kiddie Land
with pint size rides - The Fun House, The Frogger that hops 20 feet in
the air, and classic rides like the Tea Cup, Dumbo and Moby Dick. The
newest additions are the Fiesta Loca, Crop Duster and Wave Swinger,
great fun for the whole family.
Palace Playland also features tasty carnival food, gift shops, even "old
fashioned photos.” A variety of ticket pricing options are available
including a "Pay-One-Price" all-day pass, a 2-day pass, or simply buy
individual tickets (each ride requires 2 to 4 tickets – tickets are only
Probably the best part of Palace Playland is its proximity, located
right on Maine’s best beach. So you can take a break from all the
thrillin’ of park rides, and enjoy a little chillin’ at the Beach.
Palace Playland hosts a weekly Fireworks show, every Thursday night at
9:45pm in the summer season, plus 4th of July, for all to enjoy.
up the road three miles from Palace Playland is Northern New England’s
largest theme amusement and water park - Funtown/Splashtown USA. Funtown
is all about rides, the Excalibur Roller Coaster - a 4.5-acre wooden
coaster that rises over 100 feet and travels as fast as 62 mph.
"Dragon's Descent” Turbo Drop is a 220-foot free fall with “breathless”
ocean views. The Grand Prix is your chance to buckle up, put the pedal
to the medal and race for the pole position. For children, the Frog
Hopper, Funtown Train, Red Baron Plane and Cactus Canyon are just a few
of the silly, make you smile rides.
Splashtown USA is all about wet and wild water fun with 18 water rides,
like family raft rides Mammoth and Tornado, water tunnel slides Splish
and Splash, and Liquid Lightning - the continuous river slide.
Splashtown also offers lounging areas, swimming pools and kiddie pools.
Families can purchase passes for either park or both Funtown/Splashtown
USA depending on how wild (and wet) they want to get.
Just 20 minutes away is Maine Indoor Karting, Maine's only premier
indoor formula karting course for race track fun on four wheels. You can
race your family members, then enjoy time at the café or arcade.
“Decades ago, there were many seaside amusement parks, now we are the
last place in New England where families will find an amusement park
with ocean views on a beautiful stretch of sandy beach,” said James
Harmon, Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
“Families coming to Old Orchard Beach for a day, weekend, a week or the
entire summer will find plenty of entertainment from relaxing on the
beach, to riding the beautiful Carousel and Ferris Wheel, to flipping
and flying on the adrenalin style rides at our parks."
For information on Old Orchard Beach and its amusement parks, contact
the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce at 207-934-2500, or visit
online at www.oldorchardbeachmaine.com