TROLLEY MUSEUM - KENNEBUNKPORT*
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
This trip was both educational and a fun time for the students. Students were exposed to a mode of transportation prevalent in the past and almost non-existant today.
Our visit to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport found us traveling I-95 to Augusta and the Maine Turnpike to the Kennebunkport exit. Total traveling time to the museum was three hours and thirty minutes. Follow Route 1 East until you see the signs for the Seashore Trolley Museum.
The activities at the Seashore Trolley Museum were arranged by contacting [ahead of time]. Group rates can be arranged. In the two and one half hours spent at the museum, the students had rides on two different types of cars, were given a guided tour of the trolley car barn which has many varieties of cars, and wandered about exploring other cars at the museum. A picnic area and gift shop are located at the museum. Visitors may also purchase snacks at a trolley snack bar.
At Old Orchard Beach students may go to the beach or to the amusement areas. Students were divided into groups with staff at each area. Students were allowed to go off on their own, however, they were required to stay in pairs. Students stayed at Old Orchard for approximately three hours enjoying the beach and amusement.
A driving tour through Portland is a possible addition to this trip. The waterfront, Old Port Exchange, Civic Center, Congress Street, Longfellow House and Baxter Boulevard can all be included. However, we recommend that a full day be spent in Portland.
Our travel to Bangor was via I-95 to Brunswick and Gardiner. From Gardiner we followed Route 9 along the Kennebec to the historical site where the Arnold Expedition left their ocean going vessels. We ate...in Augusta and traveled I-95 to the Bangor area arriving at approximately 8:15 PM.
Old Orchard Beach
Student Rating - 4.0
Staff Rating - 3.9
*Not visited in 1980
(Excerpt from The Maine Journey Field Trip Guide, 1980, p.28.)