Portland Things to Do

  • Custom House built 1875
    Custom House built 1875
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  • Portland Museum of Art
    Portland Museum of Art
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    Portland Observatory
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Portland

  • 1. Lighthouses of Portland & the Area

    Situated in Cape Elizabeth, Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It is a stunning setting and the surrounding Fort Williams Park is also picturesque. There are no parking charges and...

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  • 2. Longfellow House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The home is open May-Ocotber from 10-5 Mon-sat and 12-5 on Sunday. The home was built in 1785 and restored in 1850's. The Maine Historical Society is attached to the home and part of the tour. Tickets...

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  • 3. Eastern Promenade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Eastern Prom is a large grassy park that slopes down to Casco Bay. The views from up here are some of the nicest in the area!! It's a great place for a picnic, to sit with a book, toss a frisbe,...

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  • 4. Portland Museum of Art

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Worth spending an hour or two here. There is an eclectic mix of work and the paintings are well displayed. I was advised to start on the fourth flor and work my way down. I did as advised although I...

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  • 5. Portland City Hall

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Merrill Auditorium is the historic auditorium at Portland City Hall. It's home to the Portland Symphony Orchestra and PCA Great Performances. The performance schedule is a little light in the summer...

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  • 6. Portland Observatory

    A really impressive building from the outside. Admission is via a guided tour and costs $9.00. The guide was excellent and as you ascend in small groups it has...

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  • 7. Take a stroll along Portland's Western Promenade

    The Western Promenade dates back to 1836, and it was created with a view to offer the people of Portland a quiet place where they could go to enjoy a view of...

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  • 8. Wander Down To The Docks

    Unfortunately my only visit was on a quiet Sunday evening when nothing much was happening down at the harbour apart from a few seagulls scratching around for...

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  • 9. Buildings of the Downtown

    One purpose was to see the old buildings and I laid out a plan. After walking a way, I just took in the ones I could find easily. The Custom House was built too...

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  • 10. Cape Elizabeth Peninsula-South Portland

    This peninsula is mostly residential area. It appeared that is form middle class to upscale estaes further toward the southerly end. The pooint has Spring Point...

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  • 11. Portland Town History Museum

    It is a museum that features the life and times of the town people. It is a pictorial of those times, mostly in 1900's eraly era. Cost is $4, and the tour may...

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  • 12. Observatory

    The tower was built in 1807 to help the local merchants be ready when alerted for incoming ships to load/unload. Lemuel Moody had the tower bult, He died in...

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  • 13. Children’s Museum of Maine

    If you happen to be traveling to Portland with small children, don't miss the Children's Museum of Maine. This museum features a lot of interactive activities...

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  • 14. Shopping and dining in the Old Port district

    In a very successful effort to revitalize an old Warehouse district, the lovely cobblestone streets and 19th century brick buildings of Portland's Old Port...

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  • 15. Walking around historic Portland

    During the 19th century, numerous renowned architects came to Portland and left behind an impressive collection of Federal style buildings, Victorian mansions...

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  • 16. Take a tour of Victoria Mansion

    Built between 1858 and 1860, the Morse-Libby House, better known as Victoria Mansion, is a National Historic Landmark and is said to be one of the finest...

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  • 17. Go on a sailing cruise around the bay!

    There are several types of cruises offered in Portland that can accommodate all sorts of budgets. We chose to go on a 2-hour windjammer sailing cruise aboard...

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  • 18. Taking winter photos of trees

    In winter, leafless branches and twigs of trees laden with fresh snow or icicles hanging from trees like chandeliers are just a delight for travellers from...

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  • 19. Strolling along snow covered beaches

    This is one of the fun things to do in winter along Maine beaches. To walk along the beaches that are covered by snow up to where the seas lapped the...

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  • 20. Acadia - Cranberry Isles Boat Tour

    It was summer time. We had fun. We joined a boat tour to see the coastline from the open seas. The tour went around the bays and islands off the coast. Could...

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  • 21. What is the Space Gallery

    Okay, I guess we got there sooooooooooooooo early (like 5:00pm). The Space Gallery, I think,, its a place where they have concerts (am I correct?). For some...

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  • 22. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

    It is a lot easier to answer that question if you have some high-quality maps from DeLorme, the map-maker extraordinaire located in Yarmouth just off Exit 17 on...

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  • 23. Where shall we worship this Sunday?

    In keeping with my practice of alerting VT'ers to extraordinary worship experiences, I want to commend to you St. Luke's Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. If you...

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  • 24. Acadia National Park - General

    One of the first National Park created in New England area, it is known for the rugged beautiful coastline and historic sites. It is actually located on Mount...

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  • 25. Acadia - Camping out

    Forget about hotels or motels. This is the great outdoor especially in the summer months.Great thing to do here is camping. There are various campsites, even...

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