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 Things To Do in Portland Maine
  
Things to do in Portland, Maine
Top 10 To Do: 
  1. Casco Bay: It is an estuary on Maine's east coast and includes 785 islands and ledges. The Casco Bay watershed, with Portland at the southern end of the bay, is home to 25% of Maine's population.
  2. Portland Public Market: Taste Maine's best and freshest foods, straight from the producers. Open every day, year-round, the Portland Public Market supports the local economy, and strengthens the community.
  3. Portland Museum of Art: Showcasing the unique artistic history of Maine, the Portland Museum of Art preserves and documents a variety of art from its collection. The museum gives visitors a flavor of past and present original work, ensuring a cultural community center for Portland and its visitors.
  4. Filament Gallery: Located on Portland's Munjoy Hill, features contemporary art, blown glass and fine crafts by emerging artists.
  5. Lucky Catch Cruises: Experience lobstering first hand aboard this lobster boat where you can participate in hauling in lobster traps or enjoy the scenery of Civil War forts, seal rocks, and lighthouses.
  6. Into The Wild Expeditions: Specializing in guided canoe and sea kayak adventures, this professional outfitter and guide company also offers day tours and multiday wilderness trips.
  7. Portland Harbor Museum: The bow of the Snow Squall, the only surviving American clipper ship, is on display at this museum. The museum also features an annually changing exhibit interpreting Portland's maritime history.
  8. Riverside Municipal Golf Course: Beautiful 27 hole golf facility that includes a full service restaurant, a well stocked pro shop, and a driving range.
  9. Olde Port Mariner Fleet: Specializing in scenic narrated harbor cruises, this tour company also offers whale watching cruises, deep sea fishing, sunset cruises, and Casablanca dinner and entertainment cruises.
  10. Palawan Sailings: Step aboard this vintage ocean racing yacht and experience the magnificent Calendar Islands with its numerous lighthouses and historic sites. This yacht was designed by the renowned Olin Stephens.
 
Top 5 Things To See:
  1. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum: Interesting Portland industrial historical exhibits and artifacts are on display at this unique museum that also features historic two-foot gauge railroad equipment and train rides along Casco Bay.
  2. Tate House: It was built in 1755 and is now a museum and the property of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.
  3. Wadsworth-Longfellow House: Three generations of the Wadsworth-Longfellow family lived in this house in Portland, with the most famous being the poet, Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow. The house is reportedly Portland's first totally brick dwelling, built in 1785-86.
  4. Victoria Mansion: Guided tours of one of the High Victorian period's greatest houses, enable the visitor to see the mansion's interior, which is still over 90 per cent original. The 240 year-old house is a masterpiece.
  5. Shipyard Brewing Company: Located on the site of three historic 19th century shipyards, this award-winning brewery produces English style beer made with true English ingredients in an English style brewing process.
 
Best Time of Year to Visit:  Jun-Aug is high season because temps are in 70's and there is lesser rain. 
 
 5 Things to Do With Kids:
  1. Children's Theatre of Maine: Children of all ages can experience the excitement of live theater that includes plays and many performances throughout the year.
  2. Hadlock Field: Is home to the Portland Sea Dogs, an Eastern League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Home games are played at the field from April through September.
  3. Children's Museum of Maine: It is a specially designed town for children of all ages. Exhibits and play areas are available for toddlers, while older children will enjoy the Space Shuttle exhibit, science labs, and TV studio.
  4. Maine Wildlife Park: With an assortment of live animals from pheasants to mountain lions, the Wildlife Park is a fun and educational experience for children and their parents.
  5. Desert of Maine: Maine's only desert is actually an ancient glacial land deposit. Narrated history rides are available along with sand design demonstrations, coach tours, nature trails and gemstone hunts. Horseshoe pits and picnic tables are also available.
 
5 Great Evening Entertainment Options:
  1. Portland Stage Company: As Maine's premier professional stage theatre, Portland Stage company performs in front of an annual audience of 40,000 people. Founded in 1974, Portland Stage Company is located in downtown Portland and houses a 290 seat theatre.
  2. Portland Symphony Orchestra: Recognized as one of the top orchestras for its size in the country, the Portland Symphony Orchestra features Classical, Pops, holiday performances and more.
  3. Portland Opera Repertory Theatre: Is dedicated to providing Maine with performances that are unique, beautiful, and important. Catch a critically-acclaimed show at the Merrill auditorium, and be enveloped in the performances of local and international talent.
  4. Mad Horse Theatre: It's tradition of passion can be felt. Artistic Director Andrew Sokoloff and Associate Director Joans bring magic to the stage.
  5. Portland Ballet Company: Enjoy high quality, beautifully presented performances throughout the year.
5 Great Restaurants:
  1. Fore Street: Portland's best-known restaurant, headed by Chef/Owner Sam Hayward. Food is cooked in an apple wood-fired oven and on spits turning over an open hearth in view of diners.
  2. Brian Boru's: A traditional Irish pub in Portland's Old Port, with an eclectic menu and lots of Irish beer.
  3. The Roma Café: Classic Italian food in the former Rines mansion, featuring northern Italian and New American cuisine. Voted Portland's most romantic restaurant.
  4. Bull Feeney's: Lobsters Love Guinness! Maine seafood and hearty Irish fare, in a turn of the century pub atmosphere dedicated to Portland's immigrant history. Live entertainment and the best-imported and local craft beers. Four fireplaces, five themed rooms, two bars - whiskey room and snug.
  5. DiMillo's: Experience the romance of Maine's waterfront. DiMillo's is a converted car ferry that rises and falls with the tide twice a day, and because it's surrounded by water, every table offers spectacular views of Portland Harbor. Over the years, DiMillo's has become famous for our fresh seafood and lobster dinners
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