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8 URBAN SPIRIT, NATURAL SOUL Greater Portland’s vibe is a heady mix


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EDITORIAL: AMY TOLK | Editor-In-Chief + Art Director ADVERTISING: CALEB MASON | Account Executive KATE MCDONOUGH | Director of Partner Development

W e’re so glad you’ve decided to visit Greater Portland, and we want you to have a

wonderful time exploring our region, tasting our local cuisine, and seeing what makes this such a special place for visitors and residents. That’s why we advise stopping at the Visitor Information Center on Portland’s vibrant waterfront to get the lay of the land. Pick up brochures on attractions, restaurants, and tips on what to see and do from our info specialists who love sharing their knowledge of the region. Then get out and see what all the buzz is about! ART + PRODUCTION: bCREATIVE | Design + Layout

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© 2024 VISIT PORTLAND 1375 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, 207-772-4994, an independent non-profit partnership organization. Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the contents of this publication, but no responsibility is assumed for errors or omissions. Circulation: 155,000 We want to hear about your visit—share your stories

VISITOR CENTERS OCEAN GATEWAY 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland 207-772-5800 November-April: 10:00 am—3:00 pm Tue-Sat Open 10:00 am—3:00 pm on Mondays in April May: 9:00 am—4:00 pm Mon-Sat Closed Sundays June-October: 9:00 am—4:00 pm Mon-Sat 10:00 am—3:00 pm Sun MAKE THE MOST OF THIS GUIDE MAP LOCATIONS Each business listing contains map references that indicate its position on one of the maps. Map 1 - Maine State [p. 59] Map 2 - Greater Portland Region [p. 60] Map 3 - Downtown Portland [p. 62]

TOMMY’S PARK ( July–September) Corner Exchange & Middle Sts, Portland PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT 1001 Westbrook St, Portland Dates + times subject to change BROCHURES PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION CENTER 100 Thompson Point Rd, Portland

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Whenever you visit, a full schedule of events, performances, fairs, and festivals will enliven your days and nights. Please refer to our online Calendar of Events at for up-to-date information. Also check the websites of the individual arts organizations as listed in this guide and online [p. 16, 18-19].

GREATER PORTLAND REGION The bulk of this guide provides info on the towns between Scarborough and Freeport, and west to Gorham and Westbrook. [map p. 60]. Fantastic activities in other Maine regions are listed in the TO DO section [p. 16] after Greater Portland businesses.



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Useful information for your visit to Greater Portland. IN THE KNOW


POPULATION Portland: 68,550

tobacco products in Maine. Throwing tobacco litter on the ground is prohibited and results in a $100 fine. [] MARIJUANA: Recreational use of marijuana is legal, however, smokers have to be at least 21 years old, and it is prohibited to smoke in public. Both recreational and medical marijuana are sold at retail shops throughout Maine. For more information related to Maine Cannabis refer to resources. PETS For pet friendly accommodations, refer to STAY grids. [p. 49-55] DIETARY NEEDS The DINE grids [p. 32-35] identify restaurants that accommodate dietary preferences, including vegetarian and gluten-free meals as well as those with children’s menus. EASY TRIP PLANNING Use our My Trip Plan feature to create your own personalized trip to Greater Portland. [] STAFFING EXPECTATIONS Just as it has throughout the country, the pandemic has impacted Maine’s workforce, and some businesses are not back to full operating capacity. To avoid disappointment, please check with businesses before assuming they are open during regularly scheduled hours.

Maine’s largest and most diverse city, with over 60 languages spoken. Greater Portland: population of 300,000 (one-fifth of Maine’s total population). CLIMATE Greater Portland's coastal climate provides milder temperatures in winter and summer than inland regions. Spring: Average 45° - 60° F. Summer: Average temp is 68° - 82° F but can reach into the 90s F. Autumn: Average 60°- 70° F but can get cooler—be sure to pack a fleece. Winter: Average 20°- 35° F but can sometimes fall below 20° F. WHAT YOU SHOULD PACK Summer: Lightweight clothes, your favorite bathing suit for the sunny beach days, and a sweater for cooler evenings and refreshing ocean breezes. Spring + Autumn: Rain jackets and sweaters/ fleeces are advisable. Winter: Boots (especially L.L. Bean!), flannel shirts, ski + snowboard winter jackets are always in style. While dress is usually casual throughout the region, if you feel like dressing up for a night on the town, you won’t feel out of place. ALCOHOL Persons must be 21 years old to buy or consume alcoholic beverages. Hours of legal service are 6am-1am. Photo ID required. OUI laws are strictly enforced. SMOKING TOBACCO: In Maine, public settings indoor and outdoor are smoke-free, including parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, trails, beaches, and open spaces. You must be 21 to purchase AREA CODE The entire state of Maine is (207).

In January, a powerful winter storm inflicted damage on many coastal communities throughout Maine. In South Portland stunned observers watched as three fishing shacks dating from the late 1800’s were literally swept off to sea. The historic structures served as a backdrop for numerous photos and paintings—they were revered as a testimony to the region’s fishing heritage and their loss has been widely mourned. Now a movement is underway to raise funds to rebuild the iconic shacks. Architects and carpenters have volunteered their time and private funds will be used for materials. To donate, contact the South Portland Historical Society, (207) 767-7299 or

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URBAN SPIRIT, NATURAL SOUL A beautiful marriage between the beating heart of the city

and the cleansing breath of wide open spaces makes Greater Portland a destination for whatever sparks your joy each day.


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P erched on Casco Bay, Greater Portland offers up everything you’d expect from the Maine coast… historic forts, and lighthouses in all of Maine. Portland’s waterfront is still very much a

…plus a whole lot more! Maine’s largest metropolitan area time and again leads “Top Places” and “Best of” lists for vacation destinations in the U.S., and even worldwide. Greater Portland’s vibrant arts scene, exceptional shopping, gourmet cuisine, and fabulous outdoor recreation are only matched by its breathtaking natural surroundings. Ferries and festivals. Mansions and microbrews. Art walks and wine talks. It seems impossible that a single seaside city could offer so much. And yet, the Greater Portland Region is a tribute to diversity in a city of contrasts—where high-tech companies innovate in historic landmarks, and laptop millenials start their day sharing coffee with lobstermen. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “City by the Sea,” once a trading and fishing settlement, has expanded into a thriving metro area, yet maintains much of its 19th-century architecture, landmarks, and adventurous spirit. New Mainers—immigrants and refugees from Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia, as well as transplants from throughout the US—are infusing Greater Portland with fresh perspectives and the best aspects of their cultures. Portland offers some of the best access to neighboring islands (just a ferry ride away),

working port, an integral and thriving part of the local economy, as well as a lively mixture of rich nightlife and cutting-edge cuisine. Go 10 or 15 minutes in any direction and you’ll be surprised you’re anywhere near Maine’s largest metropolitan area. Greater Portland is unique as a major cultural center that equally embraces its natural environment; plentiful parks and nature preserves are quick connections to tranquility and beauty within the state’s largest urban center.* Although its hopping nightlife, great dining, cultural attractions, and Old World ambience have propelled Portland to the top of best places to vacation, you won’t have to give up the quintessential Maine coast to enjoy all that Greater Portland has to offer. Whether you’re out for a day of shopping, visiting museums and galleries, or touring historic sites, you’re never far from places of pure, scenic beauty; it’s one of the reasons we say Portland is “Authentic By Nature.”

*See page 17 for a list of parks and preserves to enjoy.

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If you’re only here for a day or two, these itineraries will help make the most of your visit. SHORT STAYS

SEE GREATER PORTLAND YOUR WAY! T here are so many things to do in Maine’s Casco Bay region, and we’ve made it easy for you to hone in on your favorite pursuits. You’ll find numerous itineraries on the Blog section of; filter for itineraries on the left hand navigation bar. Find activities by season or itineraries geared towards history, food, the arts, adventure, romance, and more.

Another great way to get your bearings is to stop by the Visitor Information Center at Ocean Gateway where friendly local ambassadors can answer your questions and provide information.

4 WALK AROUND Everything is close in Portland— most points on the peninsula are a 1- to

5 DINE IN STYLE With so many talented chefs, restaurants, and breweries to taste,


2 EAT A LOBSTER It seems every pub,

3 TAKE A TOUR Food, beer, wine, history, art, architecture, light houses, and more— no matter your

LIGHTHOUSE There are six lights to choose from in Portland Harbor. Cape Elizabeth’s Portland Head Light (1787), one of the most photographed in the world, is the regions #1 icon, and its cliffside Fort Williams Park home offers picturesque picnic spots. [p. 13]

restaurant, seaside shack, and food truck has a succulent take on our most famous seafood. A lobster roll—a toasted hot dog bun heaping with lobster meat, a dollop of mayonnaise or drawn butter, and a dash of paprika—is fastest but taking the time to crack into a fresh crustacean is half the fun. [p. 30-38]

it’s little surprise Bon Appétit once named Portland Restaurant City of the Year. From fresh flavorful seafood to wicked whoopee pies, your taste buds will be singing. [p. 30-38]

2-mile walk. Try a trail that hugs the

interest, there is a tour, guided by a local’s knowledge and perspective. Walk, ride, or paddle to experience the flavors of Greater Portland. [p. 19-24]

waterfront or circles Back Cove. You’ll find unique shops and galleries and historial landmarks dotting the lanes of the Old Port and Arts District.






Start your day with a hearty breakfast or brunch to energize your explorations. You can join the fishermen bright and early—5 AM—at a waterfront institution, Becky’s Diner, or dine

The region’s historical sites offer insights into the culture and arts of yore. Explore house museums for glimpses into eras past: hear about the famous—and infamous—buried in Eastern Cemetery; learn about Maine’s abolitionist movement on the Portland Freedom Trail; explore the hexagonal Fort Gorges, accessible only by boat. [p. 24–25]

It’s always fun to shop for souvenirs when you’re at a new destination. Maybe it’s a practical bag made from authentic sails, or a unique craft beer that delighted you. Perhaps you’ll bring home a funny tee shirt or a locally designed piece of jewelry or artwork. Whatever the memory, we hope it brings you back to Maine soon. [p. 40-43]

in the authentically restored landmark Miss Portland Diner.

DAY TWO Hotels throughout downtown Portland are open with chic interpretations of classic breakfast offerings. [p. 34-38]

9 SIP AWHILE Many local


SEE A SHOW There’s always a variety of performances going on from ballet and theater to opera and the symphony, to concerts with national headliners and local musicians at indoor music halls, parks, and cozy pubs. It’s hard not to plan a fun night out. [p. 16,18-19]

coffee shops and teahouses offer cozy interiors in which to while away the time while indulging in bites and brews. If you’d rather wet your whistle with a beer or cocktail, try a local brewery, distillery, or winery for your afternoon pick-me-up. [p. 30, 32-33]


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Foggs Water Taxi & Charters Oyster, beer, and wine tours Visit for tickets and information.

Join us for a two-hour all-inclusive oyster, beer, and wine cruise aboard the historic Joseph S. Kennedy on Casco Bay. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and history of Maine’s coastline while enjoying Maine’s finest oysters and craft brews.

Foggs Water Taxi • Maine Wharf • 72 Commercial Street • Portland, ME 04101 • 207-415-8493

Visit the Oldest Lighthouse in Maine

The Museum at Portland Head Light Located in the former keepers’ house which was built in 1891 as a duplex for the head Keeper and the Assistant Keeper and their families. The history of Portland Head Light is told through exhibits displaying artifacts and documents, navigational aids, Fresnel lenses, models, and photographs. A historical timeline will guide your tour through the museum beginning with the origin of the lighthouse and the lives of the keepers.

1000 Shore Road Cape Elizabeth (207) 799-2661

Open Daily: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. June - October



Greater Portland is as varied as the visitors who flock to the vibrant region—pick your passion and get started!

THE COAST Getting on or around mesmerizing and ever-changing ocean waters is easy in Greater Portland. Enjoy the sea while dining at waterfront lobster shacks and restaurants, swimming in a cove, strolling along scenic trails, or taking a driving tour of the six lighthouses within 20 minutes of downtown. Although Maine is renowned for its miles of rocky coastline, you won’t have to give up beautiful sand beaches when you visit—we’ve got uncrowded seaside playgrounds and many beaches are dog-friendly, allowing your furry friends full romping privileges from fall through spring. Bring or rent bicycles to explore the Casco Bay islands accessible by ferry. Nearby, Old Orchard Beach’s seven sandy miles are crowned by an historic pier and Palace Playland, New England’s only

THE ARTS Performing arts are flourishing in Greater Portland with Broadway-level theatre, two ballet companies, Portland’s own Symphony Orchestra (which turns 100 this year!), a Bach Festival, a Chamber Music Festival, Opera Maine, Portland Ovations productions from traditional to contemporary, and renowned summer theaters nearby. On First Friday Art Walks the esteemed Portland Museum of Art in Congress Square and dozens of galleries and studios open their doors in a festive celebration. The State Theatre and Thompson’s Point bring musical acts of every genre while immigrants from many countries have brought their own music and dance to town, infusing the region with new sounds and energy. Even the most cultured travelers will be amazed at the vibrant arts scene that’s grown up in Maine. (More on pages 18-19)

HISTORY Portland, with a consistent attention to landmark preservation, has kept a down-to earth charm and wears its history openly. Five centuries of historical impact have shaped Portland and its surrounding towns into a vibrant destination with deep-planted roots, from the Colonial-era through the wealth and opulence of the industrial age. Museum homes give a glimpse into the lives of formative residents including the beloved poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and narrated tours share fascinating tidbits of lore. The self-guided Portland Freedom Trail will take you to important sites in African American history and the fight against slavery. 30 miles north of Portland, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath chronicles the state’s rich maritime history with immersive exhibits on its 20-acre riverside campus. (More on pages 24-25)

beachfront amusement park. (More on pages 17, 19-24, 58 )

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FOOD + DRINK It’s easy to see why Portland keeps winning culinary accolades from authorities such as Bon Appétit—from the tried-and-true favorites to the newest sensations, the sheer number of restaurants and their crazy-good offerings have planted this region firmly on the culinary map. Maine has an abundance of authentic ingredients: fishermen haul fresh lobster and seafood to the docks every day, and organic farms and dairies support year-round farmers’ markets with locally raised meats and vegetables bursting with flavor. Maine is also at the forefront of the craft beverage boom, and you can try a flight, local wine, or a spirit or creative mocktail at Greater Portland’s many bars and beverage brewers. Tasting rooms often have their own small plates or enticing food trucks to pair with favorite sips and suds. (More on pages 30-38)

SHOPPING With specialty shops for dog lovers, comic collectors, and those who love to cook (and eat!), you’ll be tempted to bring home several new purchases. Poke through shops and galleries lining the cobblestone streets of Portland’s Old Port section. Just 15 minutes north of Portland, the picturesque lanes of Freeport’s charming New England village are home to national outlets and local boutiques. Don’t be deterred if you get the late night shopping bug or lack some essential gear for the next day’s outdoor adventure—the flagship store of world famous outfitter L.L.Bean in Freeport is open 24 hours every day, year-round. And if you come from a state that hasn’t yet legalized the sale of marijuana, your trip may be enhanced by visiting one or more local purveyors of everything from flower to edibles of all types. (More on pages 40-43)

ADVENTURE Let the breeze set you free, as you explore Casco Bay by sea—no experience needed as guided tours venture out to explore the fortified islands in Portland Harbor on kayaks or paddle boards. You can charter a sailboat or head out on a deep-sea fishing adventure to catch shark, halibut, and powerful bluefin tuna. L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs let you dabble in a host of experiences from fly casting to paddlesports. Spend a day on the links or tune up indoors with X-Golf Portland. Feeling playful? Throw axes or bowling balls or escape from a locked room by solving puzzles as a team. Travel inland to experience the high-level excitement of whitewater rafting or snowmobiling with one of Maine’s outdoor adventure resorts or find your happy place on the downhill slopes at Sunday River. (More on pages 19-24, 26-27)



TO DO AMUSEMENT PARKS...........................................16 UNIQUE SITES, NATURE + WILDLIFE............16 ARTS + CRAFTS ACTIVITIES ............................18 ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT..................................18 CRUISES + TOURS.................................................19 HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS..........................24 PAMPERING + RELAXATION............................25 SPORTS + RECREATION ....................................26 I AMUSEMENT PARKS FUNTOWN SPLASHTOWN U.S.A. US Route 1, 774 Portland Rd, Saco 207-284-5139 The largest water and amusement park in Maine. With over 50 rides, slides and pools, there is fun for all ages. Map 2, G1 PALACE PLAYLAND 1 Old Orchard St, Old Orchard Beach 207-934-2001 Beachfront amusement park. Always free admis sion! Fireworks Thursday nights, rides, large ar cade, midway games, gift shops, & fantastic food. Map 2, H2 See ad pg. 19 I UNIQUE SITES, NATURE + WILDLIFE COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS 105 Botanical Gardens Dr, Boothbay 207-633-8000 Engage with the natural world in a stunning coastal garden. With 300+ acres to explore, expect to leave more deeply connected to plants and the planet. Map 1, I4 THE ECOLOGY SCHOOL AT RIVER BEND FARM 184 Simpson Rd, Saco 207-283-9951 The Ecology School at River Bend Farm is a sus tainable living and learning center on a beautiful 313 -acre bend along the Saco River. Map 2, F2 PINELAND FARMS 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester 207-688-4539 5,000-acre farm open for tours and recreation. We offer disc golf, biking, hiking, gardens, and a full cafe and market. Map 2, D11


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FORT ALLEN PARK Small park with play area and scenic view of Casco Bay. Eastern Promenade, Portland. 874-8793 FORT WILLIAMS PARK Site of Portland Head Light and Museum, popular picnic & kite flying area. Shore Rd in Cape Elizabeth. 799-7652 GILSLAND FARM Maine Audubon Sanctuary in Falmouth off Rt 1. 10 min. N of Portland. 781-2330 GORHAM TRAIL SYSTEM Over 45 miles of trails for mountain biking make Gorham a hidden gem for outdoor recreaton. MACKWORTH ISLAND Circular walking path with views of Portland. In Falmouth off Rt 1. 10 min. N of Portland. MAST LANDING SANCTUARY Trails through fields, woods and an old orchard. Upper Mast Landing Rd in Freeport 20 min. N of Portland. 781-2330 PINE POINT BEACH Extensive fine white sand beach that extends from jetty to Old Orchard Beach. Nearby facilities. Rt 1 to Pine Point Rd, Scarborough.

ROYAL RIVER PARK Bike & foot path run beside scenic river & waterfalls. Picnic area. In Yarmouth off Main St. 20 min. N of Portland.

Camping, hiking & great views from the top of Bradbury Mountain. Rt 9 on Pownal Rd 30 min. north of Portland. 688-4712 BACK COVE Popular jogging/bike trail within Portland city limits. Scenic path runs beside tidal flats and Baxter Blvd. BAXTER WOODS Bird sanctuary and woodland park in residential Portland. Between Forest and Stevens Avenues. BUG LIGHT PARK Shoreline walkway provides excellent views of Portland’s waterfront and active harbor. In South Portland, off Broadway. CRESCENT BEACH STATE PARK Family beach, 8 mi. S of Portland on Rt 77 in Cape Elizabeth. 767-3625 DEERING OAKS PARK Flower garden & duck pond. Ice-skating in winter. Park & Forest Avenues in Portland. 874-8793 EAST END BEACH Portland’s only public beach has parking and a boat launch. Located at the bottom of the hill of the Eastern Promenade. FORE RIVER SANCTUARY 85 acre preserve in Portland. Salt marshes, woodlands, natural 25 foot waterfall, bird watching, XC skiing. Congress St. at Stroudwater. 781-2330


Small park with lovely sandy beach. Take Rt 1 to Rt 207 in Scarborough. 15 min. S of Portland. SCARBOROUGH MARSH Maine’s largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Nature center offers slideshows, exhibits. Rt 1 Scarborough. 883-5100 SCARBOROUGH RIVER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 56 acres featuring 1 ½ miles of trails for hiking and x-country skiing. Pine Point Rd, 2 miles from Rt 1, Scarborough. 883-8427 TWO LIGHTS STATE PARK Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt 77 in Cape Elizabeth, 8 mi. S of Portland. 799-5871


Picnicking, camping, beach, large group facilities. Off Rt 1 in Freeport, turn right at the Big Indian. 20 min. N of Portland. 865-4198



3 ½ mile wooded trail network offers spectacular river views. Located in both Portland and Falmouth, access is from Overset Rd, Portland. 808-5400

Nature preserve with trails along Harraseeket River & Casco Bay. Take Rt 1 to Bow St. in Freeport, turn onto Wolfe’s Neck Rd 20 min. N of Portland. 865-4465




I ARTS + CRAFTS ACTIVITIES MUSE PAINTBAR 245 Commercial St, Portland 888-607-6873

Muse combines painting instruction with a restaurant and bar. Create your own masterpiece with the help of our trained artists! Map 3, F6 TERRARIUM 98 Cross Street N, Suite A, Portland 207-747-4015 Enjoy a beverage or a snack while you sit among tropical plants and build your own terrarium. Map 3, F7

World-renowned musicians performing classical music from June 18-25. The Boston Globe calls it a “can’t miss classical event.” See ad this pg. CROSS INSURANCE ARENA One Civic Center Sq, Portland 207-775-3458 Cross Insurance Arena hosts world-class enter tainers and is the home to the ECHL’s Maine Mar iners, minor league affiliate to the Boston Bruins. Map 3, E6 THE ESCAPE ROOM 492 Congress St, Portland 207-619-3775 In 60 minutes or less, work as a team to escape the locked room by cracking codes and solving puzzles. Can you escape in time? Map 3, D7 MAINE STATE BALLET 348 US Route 1, Falmouth 207-781-7672 Family-friendly shows produced by Maine’s leading professional ballet company; performed in our intimate Falmouth theater or at Merrill Auditorium. Map 2, F10 OPERA MAINE Original and inspiring world-class productions! July 25 & 28 Verdi’s AIDA poised to be the most significant cultural event of 2024. Map 3, E9 PORTLAND BALLET Studio: 517 Forest Ave, Suite #2, Portland 207-772-9671 Maine’s professional ballet company. It is Port land Ballet’s mission to enrich our community through ballet performance and education. Map 3, C9 PORTLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 88 Bedford St, Hannaford Hall, PCMF connects, inspires, and celebrates com munity through the uniquely intimate power of chamber music with events year-round. Map 3, B7 PORTLAND OVATIONS 120 Exchange St, Ste 120, Portland 207-773-3150 A vibrant non-profit performing arts organiza tion connecting artists and audiences through a diverse array of arts experiences onstage and off. Map 3, E8 PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland 207-842-0800 The Portland Symphony Orchestra enjoys a proud tradition of professional excellence in live orchestral music, performing a variety of concerts year-round. Map 3, E9 See ad pg. 16 225 Commercial St, Portland 207-879-7678 USM Campus, Portland 800-320-0257


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STATE THEATRE 609 Congress St, Portland 207-956-6000 Presents the finest in national talent from hot buzz to musical icons. Visit us online for a full cal endar of upcoming shows and concerts.

MAINE STATE MUSIC THEATRE Pickard Theater, Bowdoin College 1 Bath Rd, Brunswick 207-725-8769

CASABLANCA CRUISES 18 Custom House Wharf, Portland 207-774-7220


Cruising vessel hosting concerts, docked at the Porthole Restaurant & Pub. Drinks and limited food available on board. 21+ only. Map 3, F9 See ad pg. 36

Bringing Broadway to Brunswick since 1959. The 2024 Season includes South Pacific, Funny Girl, White Christmas and Beautiful, and more! Map 1, H4 See ad pg. 18 OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE 10 Main St, US Route 1, Ogunquit 207-646-5511 Ogunquit Playhouse is an over 90 year old self-producing world-class Regional Theatre with inclusive Arts Education programs. Map 1, J3

Map 3, D5 TEMPOART 617-967-7135

CASCO BAY CUSTOM CHARTERS Departure Location: 320 Fore St, at the Portland Beer Hub, Portland

TEMPOart commissions temporary public art that sparks dialogue, builds community, and in spires our collective imagination. THOMPSON’S POINT 10 Thompson’s Point, Portland 207-747-5288 Close proximity to downtown Portland, we are where the action is with ongoing events, outdoor concerts, skating rink, arts & entertainment. Map 3, C5 I ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT I BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Bowdoin College Campus, Brunswick 207-373-1400 The Festival presents hundreds of classical cham ber music concerts and events featuring world-re nowned musicians and talented rising young artists. Map 1, H4

207-205-5796 Private charters and exclusive sightseeing tours for couples, families, and large groups. Dinner and brunch charters, sunset cruises, and custom excur sions aboard classic Maine, wooden vessels. Map 3, F8 CASCO BAY LINES 56 Commercial St, Portland 207-774-7871 Cruise Casco Bay year-round aboard Portland’s iconic ferry line. Specialty cruises include local favorite Mailboat Run. Private charters available. Map 3, G9 See ad pg. 56 FOGG’S WATER TAXI & CHARTERS 72 Commercial St, Portland 207-415-8493 Explore Casco Bay with our water taxis, charters, and unique private events. Conveniently located on Maine Wharf. Perfect coastal experience. Map 3, G9 See ad pg. 13

OXFORD CASINO HOTEL 777 Casino Way, Oxford 207-539-6700

A unique gaming experience with great food and convenient hotel all under one roof! The excite ment goes 24/7! Map 1, H3 See ad pg. 4


207-321-8954 Cruise Casco Bay with up to 20 of your friends aboard an authentic lobster boat. Complimentary beer and wine! Map 3, H6

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Sailing four times daily.

two-hour sails private charters overnights 207-766-2500

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Create lasting memories for your kids—from enjoying a beautiful park to action-packed adventures, you’ll cherish the time together. FAMILY OUTINGS

GET ACTIVE at Pineland Farms where you can tour a working farm and creamery, and enjoy activities from cross-country skiing to mountain biking upon 5,000 acres of beautiful woodlands and fields in New Gloucester. TAKE A FUN and informative land or sea tour (or both!) of Portland via trolley, tour boat, duck boat, or fine engine— most leave from Commercial Street at regularly scheduled times.

TAKE THE TRAIN to Old Orchard Beach and hop on one of the thrilling rides at Palace Playland that overlook the ocean. Soak up the sun on the seven mile stretch of sandy beach, and watch fireworks light up the sky every Thursday night. WALK OUT the 900 foot granite breakwater at Spring Point Ledge in South Portland to watch sailboats, ferries, cruise ships, and oil tankers ply the waters of busy Portland harbor. DON SKATES to engage in a Portland tradition since the 1900s—gliding on the pond at Deering Oaks Park or visit the outdoor rink at Thompson’s Point. FLY A KITE at Bug Light Park in South Portland where kids can run around on 4 acres of plush, sea-level grass surrounded by magnificent views of Casco Bay and Portland’s waterfront.

CATCH THE EXCITEMENT at a home game of the Maine Mariners, Maine’s professional American Hockey League team, as they take to the ice at Cross Insurance Areana in downtown Portland. SPACE OUT at an astronomy show at Southworth Planetarium and geek out at other nature shows about the human body, dinosaurs, and more. EXPLORE THE BLOOMING Children’s Garden at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens where children use their imagination for play and discovery, delight in the wonders of nature, and enjoy fun and educational activities.

INTERACT WITH EXHIBITS at the Children’s Museum + Theatre of Maine where kids learn from hands-on exploration.


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Scenic rides along Portland’s waterfront Spring through fall Family-friendly special events Offered year-round Your Maine Railroad Adventure

49 Thames St., Portland, ME 04101 •

ALL ABOARD! Take a trip back in time on antique steam trains at Portland’s Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, or on a restored streetcar at Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum. EXPERIENCE THE THRILLING RIDES at northern New England’s largest family-themed amusement and water park, Funtown/Splashtown USA, home of the spine-tingling Whispering Pines Haunted Hotel Dark Ride, a winner of USA Today’s 2023 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. HAUL TRAPS with Lucky Catch, Rugosa Lobster Tours, or Seacoast Tours as you learn about the daily routines of a Maine lobsterman. Close-up views of lighthouses, forts, and seals included.


FORT GORGES TOURS Casco Bay, Portland 207-370-1181

MAINE BREWS CRUISE Departure location: 320 Fore St, at the Portland Beer Hub, Portland 207-200-9111

Transportation (at high tide only) and tour of historic military fort, now an island park, Harbor tours for up to 10 people available at other times. Map 3, J14 FRANCES Maine State Pier, Portland 207-749-9169 Day sailing and charter aboard the 74’ traditional sail vessel FRANCES. Weekly special events, June - October. Map 3, G9 See ad pg. 25 LIGHTHOUSE BIKES 72 Ocean St, South Portland 207-200-0900 Guided bicycle tours of lighthouses and hourly bike rentals for exploring the coast independent ly. Beach cruisers and hybrid bikes available. Map 3, G2 See ad pg. 25 LUCKY CATCH CRUISES A 90-minute lobstering excursion. Participate or relax as we haul traps next to lighthouses, forts and the seal rocks. Runs May - Oct. Map 3, F8 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-761-0941

Guided tours and tastings of Portland’s finest breweries, wineries, distilleries, and pubs. Daily, year-round tours. Driving you to Drink Local. Map 3, F8 MAINE DAY VENTURES 95 India Street, Portland 207-233-7485 Maine’s premier, award-winning tours introduce you to authentic history, culture, foods and bever ages. Join us year-round in Portland. Map 3, F8 See ad this pg. MAINE DUCK TOURS 177 Commercial St, Tickets sold at The Blue Lobster, Portland 207-774-3825 A unique Land & Sea Adventure through Port land’s Old Port and Harbor, learning the legends and lore that have shaped this city. Map 3, F8 MAINE TOUR COMPANY 207-205-5796 Home to the best tours and activities in Maine. Authentic experiences led by locals. Your gateway to an unforgettable Maine.


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NEW ENGLAND ECO ADVENTURES 1 Marina Way, Portland 8 Western Ave, Kennebunk

THE REAL PORTLAND TOUR 96 Commercial St, Casco Variety Store, Portland 207-329-7401 Enjoy a historical sightseeing tour of Portland and 3 lighthouses with a real local guide, born and raised in Portland. Map 3, G8 ROCKY BOTTOM FISHERIES 60 Portland Pier, Portland 207-274-1844 Hands-on lobster hauling demonstration tours, private charters, and sunset cruises offered daily aboard the fishing vessels Wild Duck and Jackpot! Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 16 THE SCENIC ROUTE MAINE TOURS 14 Commercial St, Portland 207-518-3342 Fully narrated City and Lighthouse Tour and Kennebunkport Tour. We use 20 and 15 passen ger vans for maximum comfort. Private tours available. Map 3, G10 Scenic boat rides on Casco Bay, mid-Jun through mid-Oct. Oyster Farm tours, Eagle Island tour, Pri vate charters, Lobstering demos and more. Map 2, F13 SEAPORTLAND Come experience the beauty and history of Casco Bay by boat. Family friendly fort tours and adult only sunset cruises enjoyed with a local beverage. Map 3, F8 SPIRITS ALIVE Eastern Cemetery, 244 Congress St, Portland We preserve, restore and maintain Portland’s old est cemetery. We offer summer and fall tours as well as a winter lecture series. Tickets online. Map 3, E10 SUMMER FEET CYCLING ADVENTURES 6 Commercial St, Portland 866-857-9544 Lighthouse, city, and brewery tours are available. Regular and E-Bike rentals. Multi-day tours in Maine, Canada, and Europe. Map 3, G10 See ad pg. 22 WINE WISE 207-619-4630 Wine and food pairing education at its best. Bring your group together with Sommelier Erica Archer in an enlightening wine education experience at our Wine Walks where you’ll taste wines paired with fresh fare at local restaurants or on board our Wine Sails. Departure Location: 320 Fore St, at the Portland Beer Hub, Portland 207-747-3247 SEACOAST TOURS OF FREEPORT 65 Main Street, South Freeport 207-798-2001


207-502-8040 Leave the crowds behind and experience the Maine coast in our custom RIB Boat, where every one gets a front-row seat! Map 3, G11; Map 1, J3 See ad this pg. OLD PORT HISTORIC TOURS Monument Square, Portland 646-845-9714 Explore the Old Port and downtown Portland’s rich history from 1632! Over 50 historic stops in 2 1/2 hours! Map 3, E7 PORTLAND BY THE FOOT Portland walking tours depart from Post Office Park and First Parish, Portland 207-200-5885 Experience unforgettable storytelling—rich with heart, humor, and humanity—revealing a constel lation of inclusive, empowering, and surprising history about Portlanders of all backgrounds and identities. PORTLAND DISCOVERY LAND & SEA TOURS Tours start at Long Wharf, 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-774-0808 Fully narrated trolley tours of the city, ‘Lighthouse Lovers’ cruises, and sunset cruises. Private char ters and group tours also available. May-Oct. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 24 Come explore our City and Lighthouse tour op tions as well as private tours and custom tours. We will fill your niche! Map 3, F8 PORTLAND FIRE ENGINE CO. Tours start at 180 Commercial St in-front of Portland Lobster Co., Portland 207-252-6358 Highly rated and unique multimedia sightseeing and history tour aboard a Vintage Fire Engine. Tours are 50 min. & fully narrated by knowledge able local guides. Book Online. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 22 PORTLAND SCHOONER CO. Berth: Maine State Pier, 56 Commercial St, Portland 207-766-2500 2-hour public sails leaving four times a day from May - Oct. aboard classic, Maine-made wooden schooners. Private charters available. All ages welcome. Map 3, G8 See ad pg. 19 PORTLAND, MAINE WALKING TOURS 207-772-4068 Portland History Docents and professional tour guides with expertise in Portland’s food and beer scene, history and hiking trails. PORTLAND EXPLORER TOURS Pick up: 320 Fore St, Portland 207-835-4950

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I CRUISES + TOURS I BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND CAP’N FISH’S CRUISES 42 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor 207-613-7339

In business for over 80 years, we are Maine’s top provider of whale, puffin, and sightseeing tours. Map 1, I4 RUGOSA LOBSTER TOURS 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport 207-468-4095 A 5-Star hands-on lobsterman experience. Rugo sa’s lobster tour offers the most exclusive, person al, and educational cruise in Southern Maine. Map 1, J3 I HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS I IN GREATER PORTLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE 250 Thompson’s Point Rd, Portland 207-828-1234 Maine’s top venue for children and families, of fering three floors of interactive exhibits, theatre, programming, events, and learning through play. Map 3, C5 FORT GORGES Casco Bay, Portland 207-370-1181 Former military fort, now an island park, is acces sible with transportation and tour at high tide. Available to book for events & weddings. Map 3, J14 The Maine Historical Society preserves the her itage and history of Maine: the stories and tradi tions of Mainers, and the record of Maine’s place. Map 3, D7 MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER St. Dominic’s Church, 34 Gray St, Portland 207-780-0118 MIHC houses Maine’s largest collection of Irish-American genealogy research materials, Irish literature, and archives. Map 3, E4 MAINE MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS 15 Middle St, Portland 207-808-8919 Established in 2010, the Maine Museum of Photo graphic Arts is the only museum in Maine dedi cated exclusively to photography. Map 3, F10 MAINE NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD COMPANY & MUSEUM 49 Thames St, Portland 207-828-0814 Scenic train rides, special events, history, educa tion, volunteering, and more! Experience one of the most unique railroads in the country. Map 3, G10 See ad pg. 21 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 489 Congress St, Portland 207-774-1822


Don’t just see Portland — Discover it.


Harbor Lights and Sights Cruise 105-minute cruise with beautiful

Portland City and Lighthouse Tour 105-minute trolley tour of Portland’s history, architecture,

views of Casco Bay’s famous lighthouses, lobster boats, seals, seabirds and more. Just $45

and landmarks, including a stop at Portland Head Light. Just $45

$86 for both!

Photo by Jack McCabe

Book online @

Call today 207-774-0808 • Long Wharf, 170 Commercial St. (next to DiMillo’s) Tours depart May-October

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MUSEUM AT PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth 207-799-2661

TATE HOUSE MUSEUM 1267 Westbrook St, Portland 207-774-6177

MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM 243 Washington St, Bath 207-443-1316 Daily lighthouse cruises, docent tours, black smith demonstrations, historic shipyard, rotating and permanent exhibits—plus 20 waterfront acres to explore! Map 1, I4 See ad pg. 23 SEASHORE TROLLEY MUSEUM 195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport 207-967-2800 Ride the rails in antique trolleys, displays, huge model railroad. Dog-friendly and fun for all ages. Rain or shine. May-Dec. Map 1, J3 Experience weightless relaxation in a float tank. Floating leaves your body and your mind feeling peaceful and refreshed. Map 3, C13 See ad pg. 45 RYTUALIST AESTHETICS BAR 75 Market St, Suite 103, Portland 207-317-3570 Boutique medical aesthetics studio, offering re laxing yet effective skincare treatments such as botox, hydrafacials, peels and our exclusive SCULPT Fitness Facials. Map 3, F8 Continued on page 26 I PAMPERING + RELAXATION FLOAT HARDER RELAXATION CENTER 500 Washington Ave, Portland 207-400-5187


Located in the former lighthouse keepers’ quar ters, chronicles the history of Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine and Fort

Built in 1755, features period furnishings and herb gardens. Special events & activities. Gift shop. Hourly tours Jun-Oct. Map 3, B5 VICTORIA MANSION 109 Danforth St, Portland 207-772-4841 Built in 1858-1860, the Mansion’s intact interiors still boast over 90% of their original furnishings. Tours May-Oct. Decorated for the Holidays. Map 3, E5 I HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS I BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM AND WYETH CENTER 16 Museum St, Rockland 207-596-6457 Nationally recognized collection of 15,000+ works celebrating Maine’s ongoing role in the history of American art. Map 1, H5 MAINE CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM 2564 Portland Rd, Arundel 207-494-1940 A nostalgic exhibit housing over 50 priceless classic cars and hundreds of other fun curiosities for all generations to experience. Map 1, I2

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PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART 7 Congress Square, Portland 207-775-6148

The PMA is the cultural heart of Portland, with unforgettable exhibitions, events, films, and more than 18,000 artworks to explore. Map 3, D6 PORTLAND OBSERVATORY MUSEUM 138 Congress St, Portland 207-774-5561 Only remaining maritime signal tower in Ameri ca. Sweeping views of Portland, Casco Bay and the White Mountains. Memorial Day to mid-October. Map 3, E11 SOUTHWORTH PLANETARIUM 70 Falmouth St, Portland 207-780-4249 Portland’s space & science place! Explore galax ies, atoms, cells & the sea in our subterranean star dome. We offer shows, classes & much more. Map 3, C8




Two and three-hour bicycle tours to area beaches, forts and lighthouses-including Portland Head Light! Customized tours available upon request. $75-105 Hourly and full-day rentals. Take a mellow self guided pedal on a comfortable Jamis Boss Cruiser or zip around town on a Jamis Citizen city bike. $10 hourly-35 daily Drop off your bike for a tune-up, repair, flat tire, or upgrade your ride with a new bike. We are full of ideas to share about exploring Maine by bicycle. Come Visit!

Come join us for a cultural and natural history tour of the Portland area lighthouses, forts, parks and rugged coastline.

Lighthouse Bikes, LLC 72 Ocean Street Knightville, South Portland, Maine 04106 207.200.0900




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