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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Look out across the Atlantic Ocean from Portland’s iconic white lighthouse, which has presided over the southern Maine coastline since the 18th century.
Maine’s largest and oldest art institution showcases three centuries of American art and European masters in its architecturally impressive museum complex.
Visit the remarkably preserved 19th-century manor house, located in downtown Portland. Get an authentic impression of life during that era.
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.
At the mouth of the Spurwink River in Scarborough, take a stroll on the white sand or paddle a kayak over gentle waves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're spending some time in East End, Portland Observatory and Eastern Promenade are top sights worth seeing.
While visiting Munjoy Hill, you might make a stop by sights like Portland Observatory and Eastern Promenade.
If you're spending some time in East Bayside, Maine Jewish Museum and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are top sights worth seeing.
While visiting West End, you might make a stop by sights like Victoria Mansion and Portland Club.