Visitor's Guide 2022-2023

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

10 THE TOP TEN THINGS TO DO Our checklist of what not to miss



15 ONE WAY TO ENJOY 3 DAYS Three days of itineraries to guide your visit

21 CHEAP THRILLS Enjoyable free and low-cost activities

25 TIME CAPSULES Portland’s very special museum homes

27 TIME TO COAST By land or sea, coastal Maine delights

38 COLD COMFORT See how the quiet season sparkles

57 INLAND EXPLORATIONS Get to know Gorham andWestbrook






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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! WELCOME

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Lynn Tillotson President + CEO Visit Portland

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VISITOR CENTERS OCEAN GATEWAY 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland 207-772-5800 November-April: 10:00 am—3:00 pmMon-Sat May: 9:00 am—4:00 pmMon-Sat Closed Sundays (except for Memorial Day weekend) June-October: 9:00 am—4:00 pmMon-Thur & Sun 9:00 am—5:00 pm Fri & Sat TOMMY’S PARK ( July–September) Corner Exchange & Middle Sts, Portland Dates + times subject to change BROCHURES PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT 1001 Westbrook St, Portland PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION CENTER 100 Thompson Point Rd, Portland

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. 19, 22]. GREATER PORTLAND REGION The bulk of this guide provides info on the towns between Scarborough and Freeport, and west to Gorham andWestbrook. [map p. 64]. Fantastic activities in other Maine regions are listed in the TODO section [p. 18] after Greater Portland businesses. MAP LOCATIONS Each business listing contains map references that indicate its position on one of

the maps. Map 1 - Maine State [p. 63] Map 2 - Greater Portland Region [p. 64] Map 3 - Downtown Portland [p. 66]



URBANSPIRIT, 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.

P erched on Casco Bay, Greater Portland offers up …plus a whole lot more! Time and again Maine’s largest metropolitan area leads “Top Places” and “Best of” lists for everything you’d expect from the Maine coast…

19th-century architecture, landmarks, and adventurous spirit. NewMainers— immigrants and refugees fromAfrica, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia, as well as transplants from throughout the U.S.—are infusing Greater Portland with fresh perspectives and the best aspects of their cultures. Portland offers some of the most accessible access to neighboring islands ( just a ferry ride away), historic forts, and lighthouses in all of Maine. Greater Portland is home to seven lighthouses, silent testaments to Maine’s enduring

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. HenryWadsworth Longfellow’s “City by the Sea,” once a trading and fishing settlement, has expanded into a thriving metro area, yet maintains much of its

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.


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largest urban center. Although its hopping nightlife, great dining, cultural attractions, and Old World ambience have propelled

connection to the sea and a favorite of photographers worldwide. Portland’s waterfront is still very much a 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

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.”

“With aworking downtown port, access to the Atlantic, rivers, lakes, mountains, and trails, and the home of fleece-monger L.L.Bean, Portland’s the place to be.” Ari Bendersky, Men’s Journal




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2022 SUMMER CONCERT SERI ES At Seaside Pavilion, Old Orchard Beach, ME

At Merrill Auditorium

CLASSIC BROADWAY ‡ SAT, MAY 7, 2022 | 7:30 PM SUN, MAY 8, 2022 | 2:30 PM WED, MAY 11 FRI, JUN 10, 2022 Adam Turner, guest conductor Lisa Vroman, soprano Doug LaBrecque, tenor

BEETHOVEN & TCHAIKOVSKY SAT, JUN 25, 2022 | 7:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director Charles Dimmick, violin BEETHOVEN: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Join PSO for unforgettable songs from the Golden Age of musical theatre. PACHO FLORES PLAYS MÁRQUEZ ‡ TUES, MAY 17, 2022 | 7:30 PM WED, MAY 25, 2022 FRI, JUN 24, 2022 Josep Caballé-Domenech, guest conductor Pacho Flores, trumpet PALOMAR: Danza, Cantiga y Finale

SCHOONER FARE SAT, JUL 2, 2022 | 7:30 PM Bruce Hangen, guest conductor

vocalist & guitar vocalist & banjo

Beloved Maine folk band SCHOONER FARE reunites with your PSO to revisit their iconic songs of the sea.

MÁRQUEZ: Concierto de Otoño SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE ‡ TUES, JUN 21, 2022 | 7:30 PM WED, JUN 29 FRI, JUL 29, 2022 Eckart Preu, Music Director Ilya Kaler, violin TANAKA: Water of Life PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS SAT, JUL 9, 2022 | 7:30 PM Morihiko Nakahara, guest conductor Travel to a galaxy far, far away with your PSO! Experience the epic score of one of the most iconic film franchises of all time in this summer concert perfect for the whole family!

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OPENING NIGHT: DANCE ‡ TUES, SEPT 20, 2022 | 7:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director Inbal Segev, cello THE MUSIC OF QUEEN

RAVEL’S BOLÉRO Nir Kabaretti, guest conductor LOUIS ARMSTRONG & FRIENDS

THOMAS WILKINS CONDUCTS YOUR PSO Thomas Wilkins, guest conductor MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS FRI, DEC 9 | 2:00 PM (preview)

SAT, MAR 18, 2023 | 7:30 PM SUN, MAR 19, 2023 | 2:30 PM Byron Stripling, guest conductor & trumpet Carmen Bradford, vocalist ECKART CONDUCTS MÁRQUEZ ‡

SAT, OCT 15, 2022 | 7:30 PM SUN, OCT 16, 2022 | 2:30 PM Brent Havens, guest conductor VIOLINS OF HOPE: VERDI’S REQUIEM ‡ TUES, OCT 25, 2022 | 7:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director Sein Lee, Principal cello Charles Dimmick, Concertmaster ChoralArt Masterworks USM Chamber Singers Summer Hassan, soprano Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, mezzo-soprano Raúl Melo, tenor

FRI, DEC 9 | 7:30 PM SAT, DEC 10 | 2:00 PM SAT, DEC 10 | 7:30 PM SUN, DEC 11 | 1:00 PM SUN, DEC 11 | 5:00 PM FRI, DEC 16 | 2:00 PM FRI, DEC 16 | 7:30 PM SAT, DEC 17 | 2:00 PM SAT, DEC 17 | 7:30 PM SUN, DEC 18 | 1:00 PM SUN, DEC 18 | 5:00 PM

TUES, APR 4, 2023 | 7:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director Ina Zdorovetchi, Principal harp THE NAT KING COLE SONGBOOK SAT, APR 15, 2023 | 7:30 PM SUN, APR 16, 2023 | 2:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director Denzal Sinclaire, vocalist LIGHTS! CAMERA! POPS! SAT, MAY 6, 2023 | 7:30 PM SUN, MAY 7, 2023 | 2:30 PM Bob Bernhardt, guest conductor MOZART & BRAHMS TUES, MAY 23, 2023 | 7:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director Alon Goldstein, piano


*Plus applicable service fees **Box o‚ce hours subject to change. TUES, FEB 14, 2023 | 7:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director George Li, piano THE RITE OF SPRING ‡ MON, JAN 30, 2023 | 7:30 PM Eckart Preu, Music Director Pepe Romero, classical guitar THE ROMANTICS: RACHMANINOFF & SCHUMANN

Mark Walters, bass GET HAPPY! A JUDY

GARLAND CELEBRATION SAT, NOV 5, 2022 | 7:30 PM SUN, NOV 6, 2022 | 2:30 PM Michael Berkowitz, guest conductor Joan Ellison, vocals

‡Please note, these in-person concerts wi l l be filmed for release on PSO TV.

Dates, programs, and o„erings may be subject to change. CONCERT SAFETY: Please visi t por t for the latest COVID-19 safet y protocols.

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

POPULATION Portland: 66,650

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°- 30° 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, AREA CODE The entire state of Maine is (207).

COVID-19 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. Greater Portland has two of New England’s top hospitals downtown, Maine Medical Center and Northern Light Mercy Hospital. Urgent care walk-in centers, as well as national and local pharmacies, are conveniently available throughout the region. Visit Portland has a dedicated Covid-19 page, with information as it becomes available at:

and open spaces. While 18 is the legal smoking age, patrons in many towns, in cluding Portland, must be 21 to purchase tobacco products. 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. 51-58] DIETARY NEEDS The DINE grids [p. 34-37] identify restaurants that accommodate dietary preferences, including vegetarian and gluten-free meals as well as those with children’s menus.

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THE TOP 10 THINGS TO DO Here are the top things visitors rave about in Greater Portland. We’ll keep you as busy as you want to be!

GO AFLOAT 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. Tour boats leave Portland’s waterfront to behold lighthouses from a sailor’s perspective, glide alongside seals relaxing on sun soaked rocks, or dance on a festive party boat under the evening stars. Experience a working boat and haul sails or lobster traps with the crew. Or relax and take in the surrounding sea while enjoying food and wine pairings, or island hopping on America’s longest operating mailboat. (More on pages 22-24)

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TASTE THE TOWN 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 abun dance 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. Enjoy views of Casco Bay from restaurants that line the harbor or soak up the ambiance of venues tucked away inside beautifully restored historic buildings. Of course, try our succulent lobster with all the trimmings or stuffed in a toasted roll. (More on pages 31, 32, 34-37)

GET CRAFTY Maine is at the forefront of the craft beverage boom and you can try a flight, local wine, or a spirit with a twist at any of Greater Portland’s many alcohol-inspired businesses. Tasting rooms often have their own small plates or enticing food trucks to pair with favorite sips and suds. It’s exciting to catch a new a release or a batch in progress on a brewery or distillery tour. The region’s micro size allows for ease of travel and ability to explore a surprising variety of local craft drinks in one outing; the East Bayside and Riverside neighborhoods both contain a dense concentration of breweries and distilleries. Beer-themed bus and walking tours make indulging in the expansive selection of microbrews and local spirits thoroughly safe as well as educational and fun. (More on page 33)

SEE THE LIGHT No less than six lighthouses line Portland Harbor to protect incoming ships from the area’s famously rocky coast. The iconic beacons of Greater Portland are each unique representations of nautical history. Whether fashioned after Greek temples, attached to private homes, or having the distinction of being the first lighthouse commissioned by the U.S. government, these classic structures evoke a romantic sense of the sea. Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is one of the most picturesque cliff-side towers found anywhere, and its quintessential New England design makes it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.



BEACHCOMB Although Maine is renowned for its many miles of rocky coastline, you won’t have to give up beautiful sand beaches when you visit—we’ve got uncrowded seaside playgrounds within a stone’s throw of downtown Portland. You can be sun tanning or surf boarding in the afternoon and enjoying a play or live music by nightfall. And many beaches are dog-friendly, allowing your furry friends full romping privileges from fall through spring. Bring or rent bicycles to explore the islands including beaches and secluded coves. Nearby, Old Orchard Beach’s seven sandy miles are crowned by an historic pier and Palace Playland, New England’s only beachfront amusement park.

TAKE THE LONG VIEW 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 and maritime museums chronicle the emergence of the region from a trading and fishing settlement into one of the nation’s most active seaports. And despite the competing interests of non marine-related development, Portland has kept its working waterfront a functioning port that is an integral and thriving part of the local economy. (More on pages 24-26)

GET CULTURED Performing arts are flourishing in Greater Portland with Broadway-level theatre, two ballet companies, Portland’s own Symphony Orchestra, a Bach Festival, a Chamber Music Festival, Opera Maine, and renowned summer theaters nearby. And Portland Ovations has been bringing innovative artists from around the world to Maine for 90 years. Portland’s Arts District is anchored by the venerable Portland Museum of Art in Congress Square and filled in by dozens of galleries and studios that open their doors in a festive celebration the first Friday of every month. Immigrants frommany countries are infusing the region with new sounds and energy—you’ll be amazed at the vibrant arts scene that’s grown up inMaine. (More on pages 19, 22, 24-26, 28)

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FIND A TREASURE 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. Find everything under one roof at The Maine Mall in South Portland. Just 15 minutes north of Portland, the picturesque lanes of Freeport’s charming New England village are home to national outlets and local bou tiques. 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. (More on pages 40-44)

GO COASTAL Whether you are drawn to crashing surf on dramatic cliffs, lured by the lapping waves of expansive beaches, or hypnotized by the quiet tides of salt marshes, getting on or around the sea is a must in Greater Portland. Enjoy the ocean from land while dining at waterfront lobster shacks and restaurants, swimming in a cove, strolling along scenic oceanside trails, even reading a book from the comfort of a hotel balcony, beach, or deck with a moaning fog horn in the background. For a sea change in excitement, get out on the water for sailing, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, or island hopping. Enjoy special waterside festivities such as tug boat races, tall-ship regattas, and a holiday parade of lights. (More on pages 27)

PARTY ON Maine’s largest metro area has lots of exciting activities to get the party started–or keep one going. Fine dining amid the region’s celebrated culinary scene is a great way to begin any evening. Then move on to a variety of venues, from small performing arts spaces, to grand concert halls, to theaters offering arts experiences from traditional to avant-garde. Outdoor concerts at Thompson’s Point and Rock Row set the summer nights on fire. Those craving a specialty cocktail, a pounding night on the dance floor, or quiet, romantic banter can choose from dozens of area nightclubs, bars, and music halls. An overnight stay in downtown Portland makes for a quick and safe walk home when it’s time for lights out. (More on pages 9, 22)



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3 hours or 3 days (or more), make the most of your stay in Greater Portland. TENWAYS TO ENJOY THREE DAYS


SEE GREATER PORTLAND YOURWAY! 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. The suggestions on the next three pages represent one way to enjoy a visit to this vibrant area of Maine. You’ll also 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 about the region.

1 TAKE A TOUR Food, beer, wine, history, art, architecture, lighthouses, and more—no matter your 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. 22-24] 2 EAT A LOBSTER It seems every pub, 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. 32, 34-37] 3 SEE A LIGHTHOUSE There are six lights to choose from in Portland Harbor. Cape Elizabeth’s Portland Head Light (1787) is the regions #1 icon, and is one of the most photographed in the world. [p.19, 26]





Greater Portland is the first major U.S. metro area to greet the day. Start yours by watching the mesmerizing sunrise over the ocean from your hotel room window, a waterfront perch, an area lighthouse, or the deck of a Casco Bay harbor ferry. The region’s historical sites offer you a fascinating look at culture and arts of yore. Visit a museum home for a glimpse into life in another age; hear about the famous and infamous buried in Eastern Cemetery; learn about Maine’s abolitionist movement on the Portland FreedomTrail; explore the hexagonal Fort Gorges, accessible only by boat. [p. 24-28] With so many talented chefs, restaurants, bakeries, and breweries to taste, 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. 30-37] 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. 19, 22]




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Maine’s largest city is surrounded by land and seascapes that will recharge your batteries. Meander along over 70 miles of Portland Trails, through leafy woods, rocky shores, and peaceful salt marshes. Climb to the top of Pownal’s Bradbury Mountain and view a carpet of autumn colors below you. Go bird-watching at an Audubon sanctuary or right in Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. You can even hike to a waterfall within Portland city limits! Many local coffeeshops 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. 31, 33] FIND A KEEPSAKE It’s always fun to shop for souvenirs when you’ve gotten to know a 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. 40-44]





TO DO AMUSEMENT PARKS........................................... 18 ARTS + CRAFTS ACTIVITIES ............................ 18 ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT.................................. 19 CRUISES + TOURS................................................ 22 HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS.......................... 24 PAMPERING + RELAXATION. .......................... 28 SPORTS + RECREATION .................................... 28 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 50 rides, slides and pools, there is fun for all ages. Map 1, I3 20 minutes south of Portland 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. See ad pg. 20 Map 2, H2 23 minutes south of Portland I UNIQUE SITES, NATURE + WILDLIFE COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS 132 Botanical Gardens Dr, Boothbay 207-633-8000 Magnificent gardens including a 2-acre children’s garden, waterfront & woodland trails, art exhibits, exquisite stonework & sculptures on 325 acres. See ad pg. 19 Map 1, I4 70 minutes north of Portland 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 30 minutes northwest of Portland


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 $37

and landmarks, including a stop at Portland Head Light. Just $37

$70 for both!

Photo by Jack McCabe

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

Book online @

Muse combines painting instruction with a restaurant and bar. Create your own masterpiece with the help of our trained artists! Map 3, F6

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

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THE MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL Outdoor screenings at multiple venues 207-619-3622 An international festival of outdoor adventure and conservation films, held annually at outdoor venues in Portland. #OutdoorFilmsShownOutdoors MAINE STATE BALLET 348 US Route 1, Falmouth 207-781-7672 Family-friendly shows produced by Maine’s lead ing professional ballet company; performed in our intimate Falmouth theater or at Merrill Audi torium. Map 2, E10 OPERA MAINE Producing creative, inspiring, and professional opera performances of artistic excellence. Richard Wagner’s supernatural thriller, The Flying Dutch man, July 27 & 29, 2022 Map 2, 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 OVATIONS 120 Exchange St, Ste 120, Portland 207-773-3150 A vibrant non-profit performing arts organiza 225 Commercial St, Portland 207-879-7678

tion connecting artists and audiences through a diverse array of arts experiences onstage and off. Map 3, E7 PORTLAND STAGE 25A Forest Ave, Portland 207-774-0465 Professional mainstage productions, festivals and readings dedicated to new work in theater, and classes and camps for kids. Map 3, D6 PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Merrill Auditorium: 20 Myrtle St, Portland 207-842-0800 Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orches tra (PSO) is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. Map 3, E9 See ad pg. 8 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. Map 3, D5 THOMPSON’S POINT 10 Thompson’s Point Rd, Portland (207) 747-5288 Close proximity to downtown Portland, we are where the action is with ongoing events, outdoor concerts, skating rink, arts & entertainment. Visit website for things to do and business directories. Map 3, C5

TERRARIUM 98 Cross St N, Suite A, Portland 207-747-4015 Shop our house plants or create your own terrari um. Serving soup, baked goods, beer, wine, coffee & tea. Map 3, F7



World-renowned musicians performing JS Bach from July 31-August 6. The Boston Globe calls it a “can’t miss classical event.” 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 KOTZSCHMAR ORGAN Merrill Auditorium: 20 Myrtle St, Portland 207-553-4363 World-renowned pipe organ housed in Portland’s historic Merrill Auditorium. Join us for awe-in spiring tours and performances year-round. Map 3, E9

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Bath, Maine | 207-443-1316 M aine M aritiMe M useuM

You Belong Here. Welcome.

• Maine Watershed Aquarium • Indoor/ Outdoor Climbers • Live Theatre Productions • Water & Ball Play • Camera Obscura • Art Workshops • Interactive Exhibits & Activities •

• Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine • 207-828-1234 • • 250 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland • •

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Top things to do in Greater Portland that won’t break the bank. CHEAP THRILLS

FREE FAVES ART ATTACK On the first Friday of each month,

Portland art galleries open their doors for free (under-21 patrons are always free) and Congress Street is lined with performers and artists. Admission to Maine College of Art’s Institute of Contemporary Art is always free. SEAS THE DAY Take a dip or bring your kayak to East End Beach or Willard Beach. Make a day trip to Old Orchard Beach and chomp on Pier Fries. TAKE A HIKE Over 70 miles of trails in Greater Portland offer a variety of settings fromwoodland escapes to waterfront walks. LEAD YOURSELF Immerse yourself in architecture and history with self-guided walking tours. Download maps at GO FLY A KITE Scarborough’s Pine Point, South Portland’s Bug Light Park, and Cape Elizabeth’s Fort Williams Park are ideal for soaring good times. A WALK IN THE PARK Deering Oaks and Payson Park both feature playgrounds. Deering Oaks also boasts rose gardens and a duck pond. HAVE A BALL Let the kids expend their exuberant energy at The Point Community Center’s indoor Playscape and Turf Field. GO UNDERGROUND Find all 16 markers of the Portland Freedom Trail’s Underground Railroad to learn about Maine’s abolitionist movement. Self-guided walking tour maps:


Try a donut that Bon App´etit said was “alone worth the trip to Portland.” For the best selection get to Holy Donut before noon. Gluten-free options too. Join Greater Portland Landmarks for a walking tour of one of Portland’s historic neighborhoods or learn about the prominent figures buried in Eastern Cemetery with a tour conducted by Spirits Alive. From late December through February, skate on the outdoor rink at Thompson’s Point and stay toasty in their warming room and heated lounge. Snack and drink bars on-site. Sample a flyte of craft beverages at Rising Tide, Shipyard Brewing , or another of Portland’s hopping breweries. See the grid on pg. 33 for tasting room locations. Delight in the velvety texture and intense flavor of Gorgeous Gelato ’s authentic Italian gelato, made with all natural ingredients, sourced locally when possible.

Space out at an astronomy show at Southworth Planetarium and geek out at other nature shows about the human body, dinosaurs, and more. Climb the Portland Observatory, the last remaining maritime signal tower in the US, for spectacular views across the city and Casco Bay. Open for guided tours late May–early October.

Take a slow ride on the Narrow Gauge Railroad alongside Portland’s scenic waterfront.

Enjoy fresh air all year long with an outdoor yoga class led by Ashley Flowers in Payson Park. Interact with exhibits at the Children’s Museum where kids learn from hands-on exploration. Take a self-directed window tour of the candy-making operation at Haven’s Candies’ Westbrook factory. Then indulge in some mouth-watering chocolate goodness.




OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE 10 Main St, US Route 1, Ogunquit 207-646-5511

Visit us online for listings including concerts at the Maine Savings Amphitheater in Bangor & oth er venues in Greater Portland. Map 1, G6 Bangor location is 2 hrs north of Portland I ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT I BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Bowdoin College Campus, Brunswick 207-373-1400 The Festival gives talented young musicians op portunities to study with world-class artists and shares outstanding classical music performances with audiences. Map 1, H4 30 minutes north of Portland A beautiful restored barn and all-seasons event venue featuring top local and international per formers. Join us for an evening of music! Map 1, H2 1 hr northwest of Portland MAINE STATE MUSIC THEATRE Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Rd, Brunswick 207-725-8769 MSMT produces four Broadway-caliber musicals, a concert series, and a Theatre for Young Audi ences series each summer. See ad pg. 28 Map 1, H4 30 minutes north of Portland HAYLOFT AT DRAGONFLY BARN 95 Sanborns Grove Rd, Bridgton (207) 749-6160

Legendary theatre producing award-winning pro fessional Broadway shows for 90 years. Exception al children’s theatre and more. Map 1, J3 40 minutes south of Portland

into Portland's History with


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! See ad pg Inside Front Cover Map 1, H3 45 minutes west of Portland I CRUISES + TOURS I IN GREATER PORTLAND BLUEFIN TUNA ADVENTURE Portland & Boothbay Harbors, Portland 207-233-7140 The ultimate private Maine fishing charter and scenic tour operator featuring the 50’ yacht, the

An outstanding city excursion for all ages!


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

It’s a boat! It’s a bus! It’s a Maine Duck! Laugh and learn aboard this fun and fully-narrated historical amphibious tour of Portland. As the Duck twists and turns through the “Old Port” you’ll learn about the legend and lore that has shaped Portland into one of the most historical cities in the nation! Then, hold on to your tail feathers as we drive into Casco Bay. A unique tour guaranteed to Quack You Up 207-774-DUCK

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A once in a lifetime experience.

Sailing four times daily.

Tickets available online and at The Blue Lobster Gi Shop 177 Commercial Street, Portland, ME

Taste your way through town on an award-winning culinary tour or enjoy a popular walking history tour with talented, local guides. Showcasing Portland since 2009 TripAdvisor “Hall of Fame” and awards for excellence, 2012-2021, Portland’s #1 Walking Tour

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

Book online at

located at the Maine State Pier adjacent to Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal

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CASCO BAY CUSTOM CHARTERS Berth: South Port Marine, 14 Ocean St, South Portland 207-205-5796 Private, custom, cruises aboard vintage vessels for groups up to 24. Lighthouses, sightseeing, wildlife, farm-to-boat dining, local beverages, &

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 See ad pg. 22 MAINE SAILING ADVENTURES Maine State Pier, Portland 207-749-9169 Join us aboard the 74-foot traditional sailing vessel Frances for public day sailing or charter. Weekly special events. June-Oct. Map 3, G9 PORTLAND BY THE FOOT Portland tours depart from Post Office Park, City Hall, and First Parish 207-200-5885 Discover hidden histories with our guided walk ing tours! Unforgettable storytelling about Port landers of all backgrounds—told with heart, hu mor, and humanity. PORTLAND DISCOVERY LAND & SEA TOURS Tours start at Long Wharf 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-774-0808 Fully narrated trolley tours of the city, “Light house Lovers” cruises, and sunset cruises. Private charters and group tours also available. May-Oct. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 18 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 Unique multimedia history tour aboard a Vintage Fire Engine. Tours are 50 min. & fully narrated by knowledgeable local guides. Book Online. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 24 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. 22 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 TOURISM Pick up: 320 Fore St, Portland 207-835-4950

more. Map 3, F3 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. 60 FOGG’S WATER TAXI & CHARTERS 72 Commercial St, Portland 207-415-8493 Explore Casco Bay on our fleet of Maine built Fog gcrafts. Our boats can accommodate from 6 to 49 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 LIGHTHOUSE BIKES 72 Ocean St, South Portland 207-200-0900 Guided lighthouse tours or explore the region at your own pace with a Worksman bike rental, Gravel bike or beach Cruiser. Map 3, G2 See ad pg. 24 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 MAINE BREWS CRUISE Tour pick up location: 79 Commercial St., Old Port Spirits and Cigars, Portland 207-200-9111 Offering daily guided tours and activities by foot, bike, bus, and boat to experience local Maine craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries! Map 3, F8 MAINE COAST CRUISING 14 Ocean St, South Portland 207-496-1958 Experience the islands, lighthouses, and wildlife of Casco Bay with a local captain and boat de signed for fun and relaxation. Map 3, G2 MAINE DAY VENTURES Tickets sold and tours begin at: Portland Beer Hub, 320 Fore St, Portland 207-233-7485 Maine’s premiere, award-winning tours introduce you to authentic history, culture, foods and bever ages. Join us year-round in Portland. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 22 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-761-0941 passengers. Map 3, G9 FORT GORGES TOURS Casco Bay, Portland 207-370-1181



THE REAL PORTLAND TOUR 96 Commercial St, 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

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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 vessel Wild Duck! Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 18 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 72 Commercial St, Portland 207-200-9111 Offering Portland’s only tours of Fort Scammel on privately owned House Island. Harbor beer tast ing cruises, lunch cruises, and more! Map 3, G10 SEACOAST TOURS OF FREEPORT Departs from Freeport town wharf, South Freeport 207-798-2001

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 Tours begin at Ocean Gateway, Portland 866-857-9544 The half-day 5 lighthouse tour is perfect for any one with a sense of adventure. Bike and Brew tours, multi-day trips, and bike rentals. Map 3, G10 See ad pg. 28 WINE WISE 207-619-4630 Join Sommelier Erica Archer on Wine Walks where you’ll taste wines paired with fresh fare at local restaurants, or on board scenic Wine Sails.

I HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS I IN GREATER PORTLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE 250 Thompson’s Point Rd, Portland 207-828-1234 Devoted to children’s development and learning, our new location features a Maine Watershed Aquarium, Live Theatre Productions, Art Work shops, and more! Map 3, C5 See ad pg. 20 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 INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART MAINE COLLEGE OF ART Features innovative exhibitions and public pro grams that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Free admission. Map 3, D7 522 Congress St, Portland 800-639-4808


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 1 hr from Portland

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 489 Congress St, Portland 207-774-1822

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SIGHTSEEING TOURS Portland’s BEST Narrated History Tour Aboard a Vintage Fire Truck Landmarks, Lighthouses, History, Restaurants and More! Book Early! - We Sell Out! Private Charters Available


Two and three hour tours to area beaches, forts, and lighthouses—including Portland Head Light! Customized bike tours available upon request. Hourly, half-day and full-day rentals. Take a mellow self-guided cruise on a comfortable three-speed Worksman bike, zip around town on a Gravel bike, or conquer the sand on a beach Cruiser. Celebrate your inner royalty with a pedicab ride! Drop off your bike for a tune up, repair, flat tire, or upgrade at our full service repair shop.

Come join us for a historical 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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