Summer 2022: All About the Thrills and Chills
Whether you’re travelling with the kids or are a kid at heart, there’s nothing like spending a day (or days!) at an amusement park to bring out the kid in all of us. The Maine Beaches is home to four of them, scheduled to open between May and June, and each offering a distinctively different experience with both exciting thrills and opportunities to chill. From exhilarating midways and boisterous seaside arcades to refreshing waterparks and sizzling fried dough, a day at a Maine Beaches amusement park will create memories that last a lifetime. 
Read on to learn more about our parks and their unique offerings (including fireworks displays and a drive in movie theater)! We’re sure once you do you’ll want to visit at least one, two or maybe all of them. And with everything in the region nearby and accessible, it’s easy to do!
For Thrills:
Excalibur-New England’s largest wooden roller coaster with nerve-wracking climbs and breathtaking drops.
Thunder Falls Log Flume-New England's longest and tallest log flume ride!
Tornado Thrill Slide-Cool off on the outside while your temperature rises on the inside as you fly down this 60-foot water coaster.
To Chill:
Antique Cars-Take control of your speed and enjoy the view as you drive your antique vehicle through the park on a designated track.
Classic Carousel-Pick a pony and glide up and down, around and around while calliope music serenades your ride.
Pirate’s Paradise Aquaplay- The littles will love the eight waterslides and splash pools.
For over 40 years, Aquaboggan in Saco has offered fun and excitement for the whole family, from toddlers to grown-ups. Attractions include adrenaline pumping, high-speed water slides, cooling wave pools, and a delightful 18-hole mini-golf course. Coming in summer 2022, the nights will see Aquaboggan transform into the Saco Drive-In Theater! While the experience of a drive in might harken back to a bygone era, it’s an experience everyone should have!
For Thrills:

Turbo Drop-Grab your person and race down this dual high-speed cannonball run.
Stealth 5-Climb this 45-foot tall hydro half pipe and feel the wind as the water rushes you down to the bottom.
Totally Tubular-There’s no telling how you’ll reach the bottom—feet or head first—as you soar down this thrilling twisting, turning tube run.
To Chill:

Toddler Splash and Play-Enjoy this cute little play area filled with mini slides and splash pads for the mini-kiddies.
Aqua Saucer-Unlike anything else in the Northeast, visitors can scale this water soaked half dome and slide back down to a waiting pool.
Mini-golf-Take in the beautifully constructed mini-golf course and dry off while playing a fun 18 rounds in the sun.
Palace Playland is a five-acre beachfront amusement park just steps from the sands of Old Orchard Beach. Surrounded by quintessential beachside gift stores, food, and a 24,000 square foot arcade, the park is also home to a variety of exciting midway rides and attractions. During the summer, Palace Playland also hosts a spectacular fireworks display every Thursday night at 9:45.
For Thrills:
Adreneline-Strap yourself in and prepare to spin on this pendulum ride with rotating seats and a 120 degree swinging arc.
Power Surge-Electrifying thrill ride with rotating seats while your legs dangle and swing through the air.
Sea Viper-Ocean views speed by while travelling more than 40 miles per hour over 1500 feet of track on this exciting coaster.
To Chill:
Electra Wheel-Rise into the sky on this gondola Ferris wheel that rotates around allowing visitors to take in scenic view. At night the wheel is spectacularly lit up with thousands of LED lights!
The Arcade-Over 20,000 square feet of modern and vintage arcade games, skeeball, and even a fortune teller (think *BIG*).
Skill Games-Try your luck at popping balloons with darts, knocking down cans, or ring toss as you compete to win fun prizes
York’s Wild Kingdom is a regional icon. This family-oriented zoo (including the Butterfly Kingdom) and amusement park can be accessed from both Routes 1 and 1A in York. With a large number of beautifully landscaped animal exhibits, numerous rides for all ages plus food and ice cream stands, gift shops and so much more, families always enjoy a full day of fun here.
For Thrills:
The Scrambler-No amusement park visit is complete without a ride on this nostalgic icon of spinning fun.
Go Karts-Take the wheel and let the race begin! 
Wild Kingdom-While the zoo is filled with all sorts of animals, it’s also home to lions, alligators and arachnids! 
To Chill:
Petting Zoo-Also part of the Wild Kingdom are two petting areas filled with baby goats and deer of all ages. 
Butterfly Kingdom-This exhibit is 5500 square feet filled with stunning and exotic butterflies from around the world.
Walk to the Beach-York’s Wild Kingdom is steps away from Short Sands Beach so order a cone of your favorite ice cream and walk across the street to enjoy it at the shoreline.
No matter which park you choose, or if you plan a park ‘trail’ and try more than one, the fun you’ll add to your Maine Beaches vacation will leave you smiling long after you leave.
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Thinking about your next Maine Beaches getaway? Let us help you! Our new 2022 Maine Beaches Visitor Guide is a terrific resource for planning your trip, from where to stay and dine to filling your days with smiles, discovery, and fun!

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We invite you to Relax. Explore. Repeat!