5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerOct 11, 2019
I love Portland. It's a great city a few hours drive from home. You can easily take a short or longer break in Portland. There are good venues and a lot of microbreweries.
Renowned for the many outdoor adventures that are nearby, Portland, Maine, also offers visitors a large downtown arts district and a vibrant food culture.
Kick off your exploration in the Old Port. This historic district with cobblestone streets and converted Victorian warehouses contains many boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Visit the late 18th-century Portland Head Light lighthouse. Although the tower isn’t open to the public, you can still explore the small museum in the former Keepers’ Quarters, which is open seasonally.
Portland’s creative side is seen in its many downtown museums and galleries. Discover three centuries of American and European fine and decorative art at the Portland Museum of Art. For music, dance and drama, visit the Merrill Auditorium and the Portland Stage theater.
After a tour of the town and its museums, go kayaking or take a boat cruise to explore coastal and inland waterways. On a warm day, swim in a clear lake, relax on the beach or go whitewater rafting down the Kennebec River. Take a short ferry ride out to the Casco Bay Islands, an archipelago off Portland’s coast. Visit the islands’ beaches, woods and villages. Peaks Island is the bay’s most populated island and has an artistic community. Walk its 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) Peaks Island Loop. In winter, go skiing in Sunday River and Sugarloaf, two skiing resorts within driving distance of the city.
Compact Portland is easy to navigate by car and public transport and on foot. There is a fee for parking in the downtown area, except on Sundays. In winter, check the nightly parking ban to avoid blocking snow plows.
The city is 310 miles (499 kilometers) from New York City and daily flights from there and Washington D.C. go into Portland International Jetport. As the city has a working port and cruise terminals, you can also get there and away by ship.
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Look out across the Atlantic Ocean from Portland’s iconic white lighthouse, which has presided over the southern Maine coastline since the 18th century.
Maine’s largest and oldest art institution showcases three centuries of American art and European masters in its architecturally impressive museum complex.
Visit the remarkably preserved 19th-century manor house, located in downtown Portland. Get an authentic impression of life during that era.
Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.
Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.
Snap postcard-worthy photos of tranquil coastal scenery as you travel Boston's North Shore. When you reach Maine, stop for a view of the iconic Nubble Light—the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Marvel at Maine's 18th- and 19th-century architecture and sneak a peek at the Bush family compound.
Verified travelerJun 7, 2019
I loved Portland, It's one of the Best cities I've ever been too!!