FACTS POPULATION: With a population of 234,000, the Greater Portland area is home to almost one quarter of Maine’s total popula- tion. The population of the city of Portland is 66,300. CLIMATE: The sea tempers Portland’s climate, giving the coast milder winters and cool summer breezes. For detailed weather history and forecasts when planning your trip, visit a National Weather Service site. WARDROBE: During the summer, lightweight clothes are advisable. But don’t forget your favorite sweater for evenings and for cool ocean breezes. In autumn a heavy sweater is usually sufficient. For winter months pack a parka and boots to keep warm. Dress is usually casual throughout the city. PARKING: Mon-Sat 9 am – 6 pm. $1 per hour at most meters. New parking pay kiosks accept credit cards and coins and dispense tickets that can be used at all metered spots in the city and moved with your car. Prices at parking lots and garages vary. Visitportland.com/explore-maine/how-to-get-around/parking AREA CODE: The area code for the entire state of Maine is (207). PETS: Many hotels warmly welcome your vacationing pets; refer to grids on pages 77 - 87 for pet friendly accommodations. SMOKING POLICY: Maine’s smoke-free laws ensure that all indoor settings, open to the public, are smoke-free including res- taurants, bars, movie theaters, and malls. Common areas in state parks and historic sites are also smoke-free, and include beaches, picnic shelters, snack bars, and restrooms. In Portland all city-owned parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, trails, beaches, and open spaces are smoke- free. Throwing tobacco litter on the ground is prohibited and results in a $100 fine. smokefree.portlandmaine.gov
ALCOHOL POLICY: Maine has a very tough alcohol policy. Persons must be 21 years old to buy or consume liquor. Identification is often requested. Hours of legal service are 6 am to 1 am. OUI laws are strictly enforced. STATE VISITOR INFORMATION: 888-624-6345 FIND US: Additional Travel & Tourism references listed on pg. 67. INFO CENTERS Regional Visitor Information Centers. Call or visit our website for directions and hours of operation: visitportland.com OCEAN GATEWAY: 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland 207-772-5800 (visitors) 207-772-4994 (business office) PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT: 1001 Westbrook St, Portland 207-756-8312 PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION CENTER: 100 Thompson Point Rd, Portland, Brochure Rack THE MAINE MALL: 364 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, Brochure Rack
It’s time we let The CAT out of the bag
This summer 2016, The CAT is back. We’ll be zipping passengers between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on a high-speed ferry. The crossing takes just 5.5 hours, which is less than half the time it would take to drive. Over 28 million passengers have traveled to and fromNova Scotia on our ferries over the last 75 years. Now it’s your turn. Welcome aboard.