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A WARM WELCOME 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!

EDITORIAL: AMY TOLK | Editor-In-Chief + Art Director ADVERTISING: CALEB MASON | Account Executive KATE MCDONOUGH | Director of Partner Development ART + PRODUCTION: bCREATIVE | Design + Layout ROBERT WITKOWSKI | Design + Layout COVER IMAGE: ‘Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse’ by Chris Lawrence, Maine Photography © 2023 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: 150,000 We want to hear about your visit— share your stories + photos with us: @VisitPortland / #VisitPortlandME

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 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

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. 17-18]. 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. 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]




Be Part of Portland’s Artistic Revitalization

The magical fusion of visual and performance artistry with wide-open natural spaces makes Greater Portland a unique all-season destination for recharging your creative energy.

DIVERSITY FEEDS CREATIVITY, BUILDS AN ARTIST COMMUNITY Portland, Maine has long welcomed an international community, with New Americans coming from the Philippines, South Korea, Cambodia, Africa, Vietnam, India, China, and

PORTLAND’S DNA Look at that. That’s like the God Light. Artist, representative of Maine College of Art and Design (MECA&D), and Director of Artists at Work, Jessica Tomlinson, points to the window as she attempts to explain why artists flock and flourish here. And maybe that’s it. The way the rays gild the afternoon breeze with gold, cascade across the bobbing boats, and illuminate the rocky cliffs and tree-dusted mountains—there’s no doubt it inspires replication in art. And maybe the light upon this extraordinary landscape is the DNA of this city, and everything that follows—the art college, the artists’ community, the international draw, and the amalgamation of cultures—are just natural expressions of that deeply embedded, ancient quality. This port city, with its God-light and vast ocean views, expands the mind and opens the hearts of those lucky enough to experience it— igniting inner creativity and unbridled expression.

pocketed; it doesn’t sit on one street, or a few painted exterior walls, or even a district or borough of Portland. It weaves throughout the city itself, into Greater Portland, and is drawing national attention. Just this year, Ebenezer Akakpo, an artist and jewelry designer, designed a bus stop in Portland, Maine that won Best Bus Stop of the USA. Ebenezer now calls Portland home, but his Ghana roots bring a global perspective to his art. The unique bus stop installation intertwines traditional cultural symbols of hope and friendship and has helped put Portland on the map as an arts city.

beyond. Because art is all about individual expression, this influx of cultural diversity feeds the creative scene, fuels originality, and builds a strong artist community. The more artists connect with each other, the better they become, claims Daniel Minter, Co-Founder of Indigo Arts Alliance. And here, the artist connection is strong. As Greater Portland’s identity as a destination for arts and culture grows, it calls to people from all over to explore hidden art-centric gems across the region and ignite their own inner creator. And this experience isn’t


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EXPLORING CREATIVITY So when you visit—any time of year—be sure to immerse yourself in artistry. Check out Creative Portland, a thorough resource for resident artists, visitors, and local events, and you’ll be rocked by the magnitude of offerings. ❱❱ Perhaps you’ll notice the murals across Portland, birthed from the Portland Mural Initiative. This artist-led movement brings art to public spaces and hosts neighborhood meals and artist talks with the intention of connecting artists to the local community. ❱❱ Join the festive atmosphere of First Friday Art Walks when Portland’s open galleries beckon to passersby and Congress Street brims with artisans and outdoor performers. ❱❱ Browse hand-crafted and Maine-inspired jewelry at Chart Metalworks, or visit the Alan Claude Gallery to pick up some colorful, dramatic graphic prints. Check out the latest exhibit at Elizabeth Moss Galleries and the artisan retail gallery at Maine Craft Portland. ❱❱ There’s no shortage of performance art here, either. If you’re into music, the Art Deco-style State Theatre and riverside venue at Thompson’s Point bring national headliners to town. Nearby Ogunquit Playhouse and Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick have been producing renowned musical theater for 90 and 64 years respectively! And if opera, ballet, or the symphony interests you, you’re in the right place. Once you’ve taken in enough inspiration and are bursting with your own imaginative ideas, visit Portland Museum of Art to get creative with their interactive workshops or schedule a paint night at Muse Paintbar. DECIDE FOR YOURSELF This flourishing seaside artist community is molding Portland’s identity, as it branches out from a seaside summer destination, into a year round art-infused cultural experience. When we reflect on why this small city is so advanced in the arts, we call out the light. We point to the rugged landscape hugged by glinting water, mention the collegiate influence, and point out the cultural diversity within Greater Portland. Maybe it’s all of these things. But when you come to visit Portland, infuse your trip with a touch of magical artistry, rekindle your own creative energy, and decide for yourself.




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

POPULATION Portland: 68,550

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

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 disap pointment, please check with businesses before assuming they are open during regularly scheduled hours.

and open spaces. You must be 21 to purchase 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. 49-54] 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. []

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TO-DO LIST Maine’s largest metro area serves up the classic coast— lighthouses, lobsters, and surf crashing on the rocky shore—plus a vibrant arts scene, gourmet cuisine, and fabulous shopping and out door recreation. Here are our top recommendations for what to do on your visit.


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 welcomes visitors to witness one of the integral and thriving parts of the local economy. (More on pages 22–24 .)


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HEAD TO SHORE 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 water front 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. Special waterside festivities include tug boat races, tall-ship regattas, and a holiday parade of lights.

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 18–22, 24, 26 )

TASTE THE TOWN It’s easy to see why Portland keeps winning culinary accolades from authorities such as Bon Apétit —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 sea food 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 26–35)



QUAFF A CRAFT Maine is 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. 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, Washington Avenue, and Riverside neighborhoods contain a dense concentration of breweries and distilleries, even a local kombuchery. 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 31)

SHOP FOR 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 Maine’s largest 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 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. (More on pages 38–43)

SEE THE LIGHTS 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 light 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. (More on page 23)


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BATHE IN NATURE Go 10 or 15 minutes in any direction from Portland and you’ll doubt you’re anywhere near Maine’s largest metro area. Both surrounding and right within Portland, parks and preserves—places of pure natural beauty—let you find tranquility and inspiration. In all seasons you can enjoy Maine’s great outdoors, from beachcombing to mountain biking, cross-country skiing to kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the ocean in our front yard and lakes, rivers, and mountains in easy reach, Greater Portland is a destination with as ready access to nature and wildlife as to the cultural

amenities of a vibrant urban center.

MEET THE MAKERS Maine has rich craft traditions and an inclusive craft community that make for a strong creative economy. At many annual festivals and street fairs you’ll find potters, fabric artists, knitters, wood workers, furniture makers, clothing designers and so many more creators of unique, hand-crafted goods. During summer and fall, local artisans often display their crafts along Portland’s Commercial Street and indoor craft fairs abound during the holidays. The Maker’s Market, offered on select Sundays at Thompson’s Point, is an ode to local Maine artisans, craftspeople, artists, creators and farmers. For year-round access to locally made artisan goods check out The Makers Galley and Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine shops.


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. 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 from many countries have brought their own music and dance to town, infusing the region with new sounds and energy—even the most urbane travelers will be amazed at the vibrant arts scene that’s grown up in Maine. (More on pages 16-18, 22-24)



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

49 Thames St., Portland, ME 04101 •

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 $40

and landmarks, including a stop at Portland Head Light. Just $40

$76 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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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,


1 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. 23]

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. 26–35]

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. 26–35]

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. 18–22]

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






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, acces sible only by boat. [p. 22–24]

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. 38–43]

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 water front perch, an area lighthouse, or the deck of a Casco Bay harbor ferry.


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]


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. 27, 31]


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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


TO DO AMUSEMENT PARKS...........................................16 UNIQUE SITES, NATURE + WILDLIFE............16 ARTS + CRAFTS ACTIVITIES ............................16 ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT..................................17 CRUISES + TOURS.................................................18 HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS..........................22 PAMPERING + RELAXATION...........................24 SPORTS + RECREATION ....................................24 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 1, I3 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. 17 I UNIQUE SITES, NATURE + WILDLIFE COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS 132 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 See ad pg. 18 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

Experience a day in the life of a Maine Lobsterman.


Hop aboard the fishing vessel Wild Duck for a fun and interactive lobster demonstration tour! Private Charters & Sunset Cruises also available. To book or inquire: 207.274.1844

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

Featuring: Classical | POPS! | Summer Concert Series | Discovery Concerts for Families | Magic of Christmas | Box Office: 207.842.0800 | Monday Friday 11am 3pm

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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

MAINE STATE BALLET 348 US Route 1, Falmouth 207-781-7672

PORTLAND STAGE 25A Forest Ave, Portland 207-774-0465


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 accessible professional opera performances of artistic excel lence. Rossini’s Comic Opera Cinderella July 27 & 30 (matinee), 2023. 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 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, E7 225 Commercial St, Portland 207-879-7678

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 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


World-renowned musicians performing classical music from June 20-27. The Boston Globe calls it a can’t miss classical event. See ad this pg. 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 CROSS INSURANCE ARENA One Civic Center Sq, Portland 207-791-2200 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

Brilliance. Passion. Community.

JUNE 20-27, 2023 LEWIS KAPLAN, DIRECTOR Concerts held at St. Luke’s Cathedral, Etz Chaim Synagogue, and Portland Museum of Art

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A once in a lifetime experience.

Sailing four times daily.

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

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


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, 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 I ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT I BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Bowdion 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

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. Map 1, H4 See ad pg. 19 OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE 10 Main St, US Route 1, Ogunquit 207-646-5511 Legendary regional theatre producing award-win ning professional Broadway shows for 90 years. Exceptional children’s theatre and more. Map 1, J3

into Portland's History with


An outstanding city excursion for all ages!

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. 6


18 Custom House Wharf, Portland 207-774-7220

THE HAYLOFT AT DRAGONFLY BARN 95 Sanborns Grove Rd, Bridgton 207-749-6160

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

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

A beautiful restored barn and all-seasons event venue featuring local and international perform ers. Available for private events. Map 1, H2

Whimsy. Wonder. WOW .

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

Book online at


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CASCO BAY CUSTOM CHARTERS Berth: 86 Commercial St, Portland 14 Ocean St, South Portland

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. 12 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. 20 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, distilleries and pubs! 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-761-0941


207-205-5796 Private, custom, cruises aboard vintage vessels for groups up to 16. Lighthouses, sightseeing, wildlife, dining, all-inclusive local drinks, and more! Map 3, G10, 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. 56 FOGG’S WATER TAXI & CHARTERS 72 Commercial St, Portland 207-415-8493 Enjoy Casco Bay with a variety of public and pri vate cruise options. Located in the heart of Port land’s Old Port we are the best way to see Maine’s scenic coastline. Map 3, G9 See ad pg. 15

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

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

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MAINE DAY VENTURES 95 India Street, Portland 207-233-7485

PORTLAND BY THE FOOT Portland tours depart from Post Office Park, City Hall, and First Parish, Portland 207-200-5885 Experience unforgettable storytelling—rich with heart, humor, and humanity—revealing inclusive, empowering, and surprising tales about Portland ers of all backgrounds and identities. See ad pg. 12 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. 12

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. 19 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. 17 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. 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 vessel Wild Duck! 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 Tour Departure: 86 Commercial St, Portland 207-747-3247 Offering Portland’s only tour of Fort Scammel in Casco Bay, sightseeing tours to Portland Head Light, sunset cruises, and more! Map 3, G10 SEACOAST TOURS OF FREEPORT Departs from Freeport town wharf, South Freeport 207-798-2001 THE REAL PORTLAND TOUR 96 Commercial St, Portland 207-329-7401

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 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.18 NEW ENGLAND ECO ADVENTURES 1 Marina Way, Portland 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 See ad pg. 22 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 EXPLORER TOURS Pick up: 320 Fore St, Portland 207-835-4950

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


Two and three hour tours to area beaches, forts, and lighthouses—including Portland Head Light! Customized bike tours available upon request. Hourly and full-day rentals. Take a mellow self-guided cruise on a comfortable three speed Worksman® bike, zip around town on a Jamis Hybrid multi-speed bike, or conquer the sand on a beach Cruiser.

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

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Top things to do in Greater Portland


LOW-COST FUN Sample a flyte of craft beverages at Allagash, Island Dog, or another of Portland’s hopping breweries, wineries, and distilleries. See the grid on pg. 31 for tasting room locations. Interact with exhibits at the Children’s Museum where kids learn from hands-on exploration. 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. Enjoy fresh air all year long with an outdoor yoga class led by Ashley Flowers in Payson Park.

Catch a movie (and awesome views) on Bayside Bowl’s rooftop on select summer nights. Unleash your inner child at the Old Port Candy Co., an old fashioned candy shop with a large fill-your-own candy bar and a whimsical selection of nostalgia candy. 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. Delight in the velvety texture and intense flavor of Gorgeous Gelato ’s authentic Italian gelato, made with all natural ingredients, sourced locally when possible.

Immerse yourself in architecture and history, and art with self-guided walking tours available at Ocean Gateway Visitor Center and downloadable at SNAP AWAY Seek out scenic backgrounds for shareable photos of your Maine adventure. From lighthouses to beaches to the Old Port’s cobblestone streets, there are so many good views to choose. GO FLY A KITE Bug Light Park in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth’s Fort Williams Park, and Scarborough’s Pine Point are ideal for soaring good times. FOLLOW THE TRAIL Find all 16 markers of the Portland Freedom Trail’s Underground Railroad to learn about Maine’s abolitionist movement. Self-guided walking tour maps: blog/2022/03/15/black-history-maine/ PLAY BALL Let the kids expend their exuberant energy at The Point Community Center’s indoor Playscape and Turf Field. APPRECIATE ART On the first Friday of each month, Portland art galleries and museums open their doors for free and Congress Street is lined with performers and artists. Seek out many murals, sculpture, and statues that enliven the region. MAKE A SPLASH Take a dip or bring your kayak to East End Beach or Willard Beach. Make a day trip to Old Orchard Beach’s and chomp on Pier Fries. TAKE A HIKE Over 70 miles of trails in Greater Portland offer a diversity of settings from woodland escapes to waterfront wanderings.

Space out at an astronomy show at Southworth Planetarium and geek out at other nature shows about the human body, dinosaurs, and more.



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 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 this pg. 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. 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 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. 15 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 INSTITURE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT I CRUISES + TOURS I BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND CAP’N FISH’S CRUISES 42 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor 207-613-7339


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, 2012-2022, Portland’s #1 Walking Tour Buy tickets online: Email: Speak with us: 207-233-7485

Bicycle Tours of Portland

Bike Rentals

We offer bike rentals and free biking and walking maps in the heart of Portland’s Old Port with easy access to the Eastern Promenade Trail

5 Lighthouse Tour Bike and Brews Tour Pedal Peaks Island

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART 522 Congress St, Portland 207-775-3052

Features innovative exhibitions and public pro grams that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Free admission. Map 3, D7

866.857.9544 6 Commercial Street

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

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

VICTORIA MANSION 109 Danforth St, Portland 207-772-4841


Experience the 2023 exhibition CODE RED: Cli mate, Justice & Natural History Collections. Enjoy companion exhibits, tour the Wadsworth-Longfel low House, and shop the store! Map 3, D7 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. 12 MUSEUM AT PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth 207-799-2661 Located in the former lighthouse keepers’ quar ters, chronicles the history of Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine and Fort

The PMA is the cultrual 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 TATE HOUSE MUSEUM Built in 1755, features period furnishings and herb gardens. Special events & activities. Gift shop. Hourly tours Jun-Oct. Map 3, B5 1267 Westbrook St, Portland 207-774-6177

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 clas sic cars and hundreds of other fun curiosities for all generations to experience. Map 1, I2 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. 19

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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


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