Love dining out and live music? Get away to Old Port!

Discover metropolitan Maine at its most charming in Old Port. This historic district in Portland is both a working waterfront and a cultural hub. Sample its variety of shops and restaurants as you learn more about the city’s history.

The Old Port district looks remarkably close to its appearance when it was built up in the mid 1800s. Because of its historic significance, much of the Old Port Historic District has been included on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroll down cobblestone streets lined with tidy brick buildings, as seagulls swoop above your head and foghorns blare in the distance.

Although it is a small city, Portland has a world-class dining scene. You will find many of its top dining destinations in Old Port. Duckfat, Eventide Oyster Co. and Fore Street, three of the most celebrated restaurants in the city, are within a three-block radius of each other. Enjoy freshly caught seafood, such as iconic Maine lobster, at one of the many local restaurants in the area.

Surround yourself by the hustle and bustle of Congress Street. The main thoroughfare in Portland serves as a great starting point to experience the city’s galleries, shops, restaurants and bars. Continue along Exchange Street, a quieter tree-lined street that features an array of cafés and boutiques.

Old Port is located where the Fore River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the waterfront and enjoy the views. Watch ships of all sizes sail by or see the fishermen coming home with their catch of the day.

Find things to see and do in every season in Old Port. Enjoy the warm weather in summer or take a snowy stroll down its streets in winter. Because of its central location within Portland, most destinations in the city are within easy driving or even walking distance.

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Top Hotels in Old Port

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
3 out of 5
433 Fore St, Portland, ME
$119
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Victoria Mansion, and Portland Museum of Art. Portland Observatory ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,705 reviews)

"A nice town centre hotel. Good service at reception, car valet etc. Large room and bathroom. Would have liked a kettle in the room for tea. Nice rooftop view from 4th floor"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
3 out of 5
65 Commercial St, Portland, ME
$127
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal and Merrill Auditorium. Cross Insurance Arena and Wadsworth-Longfellow ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,113 reviews)

"Great me and my friends would definitely come here again"…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
Portland Harbor Hotel
Portland Harbor Hotel
4 out of 5
468 Fore Street, Portland, ME
$126
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cross Insurance Arena, Wadsworth-Longfellow House, and Victoria Mansion. Portland Museum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (619 reviews)

"Such a lovely hotel right in the middle of downtown. Easy to walk to everything in Old Port. Would definitely stay there again!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Portland Harbor Hotel
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
20 Milk Street, Portland, ME
$139
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1

Located near the slopes, this Downtown Portland hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal, Wadsworth-Longfellow ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,733 reviews)

"excellent food prepared in their restaurant. Very close to harbor and many shops and restaurants. Construction underway on external façade. Better separation between guests and construction areas would have assured more safer passage. Signage would have helped."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
Courtyard Portland Downtown/Waterfront
Courtyard Portland Downtown/Waterfront
3 out of 5
321 Commercial St, Portland, ME
$116
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cross Insurance Arena, Victoria Mansion, and Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Portland Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (627 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, great location for walking Portland waterfront"…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Courtyard Portland Downtown/Waterfront
121 Middle - An Urban Inn
121 Middle - An Urban Inn
121 Middle St., Portland, ME

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Children's Museum of Maine, and Portland Museum of Art. Portland ...

121 Middle - An Urban Inn

Popular things to do in Old Port

Portland Head Light
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Portland Head Light

4.5/5(605 reviews)

Look out across the Atlantic Ocean from Portland’s iconic white lighthouse, which has presided over the southern Maine coastline since the 18th century.

Portland Museum of Art
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Portland Museum of Art

4.5/5(220 reviews)

Maine’s largest and oldest art institution showcases three centuries of American art and European masters in its architecturally impressive museum complex.

Victoria Mansion
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Victoria Mansion

4.5/5(109 reviews)

Visit the remarkably preserved 19th-century manor house, located in downtown Portland. Get an authentic impression of life during that era.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House
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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

4/5(70 reviews)

As you tour this historic brick home, trace three generations of Maine family history and learn about the cultural and political impact of its family members.

Higgins Beach
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Higgins Beach

4.5/5(153 reviews)

At the mouth of the Spurwink River in Scarborough, take a stroll on the white sand or paddle a kayak over gentle waves.

State Theatre
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State Theatre

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Enjoy a performance or just snap a photo at State Theatre, a beloved theater in Portland. Stroll along the area's waterfront or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Top activities in Old Port

Portland, Maine City & Lighthouse Tour - 2 Hours
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Portland, Maine City & Lighthouse Tour - 2 Hours

$31

Whether this is your first visit or you've lived in Portland for years, you’ll explore the Greater Portland area from a new perspective.

A Walk Through Time in Portland - History Tour
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A Walk Through Time in Portland - History Tour

$26

Join us for a walk through time! This tour will begin on Commercial Street and continue for 2 hours through the historic Old Port, downtown and waterfront areas, sharing highlights of Portland's history since 1632.

Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets
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Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets

$95

This leisurely paced walking tour carves a path through the streets of Portland's charming Old Port. Join us on our 3 hour flagship tour. Our friendly and engaging tour guides will take you to several Old Port venues where you will sample delectable, Maine, Maine-inspired, up-and-coming, culturally based fare and fancy foods.

Operation City Quest of Portland, ME
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Operation City Quest of Portland, ME

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Portland, ME
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Portland, ME

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

New England Seacoast Excursion
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New England Seacoast Excursion

$82

Snap postcard-worthy photos of tranquil coastal scenery as you travel Boston's North Shore. When you reach Maine, stop for a view of the iconic Nubble Light—the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Marvel at Maine's 18th- and 19th-century architecture and sneak a peek at the Bush family compound.

Other neighborhoods in Portland

Downtown Portland
Portland which includes a garden

Downtown Portland

Known for LGBT-Friendly, Dining, Ports

4.5/5(280 reviews)

Downtown Portland is known for its captivating waterfront views, and with sights like Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Children's Museum of Maine, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Portland Arts District.

West Bayside
Great piece of history and food, for the Portland area
trover photo by Karen Rinaldo-green

West Bayside

4/5(2 reviews)

Though West Bayside might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Children's Museum of Maine.

East End
Eastern Promenade showing general coastal views, kayaking or canoeing and a bay or harbor

East End

4/5(1 review)

If you're spending some time in East End, Portland Observatory and Eastern Promenade are top sights worth seeing.

Munjoy Hill
Eastern Promenade showing general coastal views, kayaking or canoeing and a bay or harbor

Munjoy Hill

While visiting Munjoy Hill, you might make a stop by sights like Portland Observatory and Eastern Promenade.

East Bayside
Maine Jewish Museum showing wildflowers and a garden

East Bayside

4/5(19 reviews)

If you're spending some time in East Bayside, Maine Jewish Museum and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are top sights worth seeing.

West End
Portland showing heritage elements

West End

4.5/5(11 reviews)

While visiting West End, you might make a stop by sights like Victoria Mansion and Portland Club.