Palace Playland located in Old Orchard Beach, Maine is New England's only beach front amusement park. We have rides and amusements for the young and the thrill seekers. Our rides include a classic Ferris wheel, carousel and 2 roller coasters. Plus thrill rides such as Terminator, Adrenalin and Power Surge!. Have a smaller tot? We have a dozen plus rides in Kiddie Land. You can also challenge yourself on the hottest new video games and arcade classics in Maine's Largest arcade and win prizes!
So whether you're looking for an amusement park with amusements and thrill rides...an amusement park with rides and fun for the kids... or arcade games and unbelievable beaches... We have it all here at Palace Playland!
As we like to say - Great rides, lots of food, midway and arcade games, gift shops and more - Palace Playland is the coolest place to be this summer!
Palace Playland - always free admission and lots of convenient parking.
The Pier opened to the public on July 2, 1898, offering entertainment of all types including concerts, dancing lectures and a casino located at the very end of he pier. The 1800' structure was built with 3 pavilions by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company for a cost of $38,000.
The Pier has seen many hardships over the years. In November of 1898, the pier and casino were partially damaged by a storm.
The Casino was rebuilt in 1899. In August of 1907, a fire destroyed the entrance. Once again the pier was rebuilt in 1908 only to have one of the pavilions swept away by the great storm of March 1909. This storm caused extensive damage and the casino was moved in some 1,000' from its original length of 1,800'.
The middle of the century saw the hey-day of the Pier Casino Ballroom which held as many as 5,000 people. The ballroom was noted for its moving picture shows and live entertainment featuring acts such a Frank Sinatra, Xavier Cugat and Benny Goodman. Celebrities and Dignitaries alike made this one to the premier spots to visit on the east coast. Over the years a series of storms ebbed away at the pier causing the casino to razed in 1970, then the great blizzard of 1978 destroyed what was left of the pier.
The Pier, as we know it today, was opened in 1980, and houses many fine shops and restaurants. The Golzbein family, current owner's of the Pier, have had a presence here since its inception and are fourth generation on the Pier. Currently the Pier continues to undergo transformation and was featured in the 2002 Motion Picture, "In the Bedroom," which received an Academy Award nomination.
Remember the summer when you were a child, and your family left for vacation? Remember how you dreamed about what you wanted to do to make your vacation perfect? First, there had to be things to do-lots of things to do like miniature golf, games, amusements, and rides. Then, there had to be food - the type of food that you wanted, like pizza, fried dough, cotton candy, caramel popcorn. And there had to be a beach- a big, broad stretch of sand where you could build castles, run for as long as you could, or just sit and feel the sand's warmth as it ran from your fingers onto your leg.
Do you remember those thoughts and dreams? That vacation still exists at Old Orchard Beach and is waiting for your children and the child still inside of you.