Visit me in Old Orchard Beach!
By: Orville Tomlinson, Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar
Orville is an international student from Jamaica who is working at Funtown Splashtown in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. As an Ambassador Scholar this summer, Orville volunteers, works and travels around Old Orchard Beach to experience American culture.
Old Orchard Beach is a small picturesque, warm, and friendly city which is home to many. Here the locals welcome everyone from around the world, including tourists and international workers alike. There is a lot to do and places to go for relaxation on a beautiful sunny day. In the area around Old Orchard Beach there are many restaurants, bars and lounges, patios, an amusement park, and arcade for the kids and family to play and relax. This city is a perfect host for summer employment, as many international students and locals are employed here for the season.
On both sides of the main street in Old Orchard Beach there are various businesses like cafés, fast food outlets, clothing stores, sweets shops, etc. As a result, there are plenty of places that provide employment for students (like me), whether it be a primary job or a second job. Most tourists not only come to Old Orchard Beach for the lobsters, clams, or fry dough, but mainly to hangout on the beach on a sunny day.
On a typical day it’s mostly hot and humid and people spend their morning and afternoon along the seven mile shoreline. This is a perfect getaway to seek comfort from the heat for locals, tourists, and students. Many sunbathe, surf, play volleyball, kayak, and/or take a swim in the cool water.
After a nice day at the beach everyone craves the opportunity to hang out with friends and family by going to the pier for dinner and after-party, or by going to a small restaurant listening to live music. There are many hot spots that provide this luxury, but my favorite spots are the pier and Pirate Patio. Then on Thursday nights, the perfect way to cap off the evening is to see the fireworks. We are lucky in Old Orchard Beach to see fireworks every Thursday night during the summer!
Phew! What a day! After such a day, many of my tourist and J-1 friends stay in the finest local motels, cottages, apartments, and condominiums.
Old Orchard Beach is a great city in the summer and a perfect vacation destination for families and young people.
Come to Old Orchard Beach to experience a typical day in my host community!