Top 20 Experiences in Portland
Acadia National Park and More Private Day Trip from Portland
Start your day tour from Portland, Maine, early in the morning to make the most of your visit to Acadia National Park. The scenic drive takes around 2.5 hours, but the breathtaking views make it worthwhile. Once you arrive at Acadia National Park, explore the Park Loop Road to witness stunning vistas like Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East Coast. Don't miss the picturesque Sand Beach, Thunder Hole for impressive coastal formations. The park's diverse landscapes, including lush forests and serene lakes. Take a relaxing stroll along Jordan Pond and enjoy the iconic view of the Bubbles Mountains reflected in the water. Afterward, head to Bar Harbor for a taste of the charming seaside town. Savor fresh lobster and seafood delicacies at local restaurants and cafes. Explore the unique shops and galleries, offering local crafts and art. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor offer an unforgettable experience, leaving you with memories of Maine's natural wonders and beauty.
A Walk Through Time Tour in Portland
Curious about Portland's history with railroads, fires, wars, famous poets and Hollywood producers? Join us for a Walk Through Time! This tour begins on Commercial Street and continues for 2 hours through the historic Old Port, downtown and waterfront areas, sharing highlights of Portland's history since 1632. Some of the locations we may feature on your tour include; the lobster statue, the home of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow and his place of worship, the Eastern Cemetery, the Abyssinian Church, the U.S. Customs House and more. ***Tour duration is two "ish" hours, based on guest engagement and pace of the group. Planning on 2.5 hours for arriving early to check-in and make it back to your vehicle post tour is recommended.
Old Port Culinary Walking Tour from Portland
- Portland's culinary culture is made up of many kinds of artisan food and beverage entrepreneurs from bakers, brewers and chefs to confectioners and more - wherever taste and creativity meet! - We combine a unique combination of social history, culinary education, the stories of talented entrepreneurs and current award-winning food scene narrated by friendly and engaging local guides - This tour visits 4-5 venues where you will enjoy a mix of Maine/Maine-inspired cultural, up-and-coming, and trending fare, plenty for lunch with a sweet treat to cap it off.
Central Coastal Maine Private Day Tour
Embark on an exclusive private tour of Maine's enchanting central coast and starting in the vibrant city of Portland. In just one day, immerse yourself in the region's finest highlights. Led by knowledgeable local guides, our private tours ensure an intimate and personalized experience. Marvel at the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse located in Fort Williams State Park and indulge in some retail therapy at the renowned L.L. Bean Factory Store. Cross the unique Androscoggin Swinging Bridge and explore the breathtaking Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Discover the charm of Boothbay Harbor and spend time exploring Portland, Maine's vibrant city. Capture the natural beauty of Two Lights State Park, , and the rich history of Bath, Maine. Immerse yourself in Maine's fascinating past at the historic Fort Edgecombe State Historical Site. Uncover stunning lighthouses, picturesque gardens, and charming coastal villages on this unforgettable day trip along Maine's central coast.
The Real Portland Tour: City and 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Welcome to my hometown! Hop aboard for an authentic 90 minute sightseeing tour of Portland and 3 lighthouses with an experienced guide who is a real local, born and raised in Portland, ME. Get an insider’s look at the current happenings and rich history of my hometown. We’ll go where other tours go, and then I'll take you places other tours don't - you'll see hidden gems and learn little known facts about Portland and the great state of Maine that only a real local knows! As a college librarian I'm always researching the hidden history of Portland, while at the same time keeping on top of what's new in town and visiting as many local establishments that I can. I take pride in representing this city, and providing an informative and entertaining tour, delivered with a true Mainer's sense of humor. This is The Real Portland Tour! Check my website for a complete listing of tour days, times, and availability.
Downtown Portland, Maine City and Lighthouse Tour-2.5 hour Land Tour
This tour is for the Lighthouse Lovers!!! Unfortunately in Maine, we cannot go into the lighthouses, except 1 day in the year. This tour is visiting the lighthouse grounds with epic photo stops!! Whether this is your first visit or you've lived in Portland for years, you’ll explore the Greater Portland area from a new perspective. Travel through downtown Portland with a local lobsterman and hear about the working waterfront, commercial fishing industry and more! Next, visit 3 lighthouses and spend about 40 minutes walking around and taking pictures at historic Portland Head Light. 2 more photo stops are included on the tour at Spring Point Head Light and Bug Light. Transportation provided in a temperature controlled 12 passenger Ford Transit. Your guide provides tips for dining and activities during your stay in Portland, Maine. Call us directly for information on booking a custom or charter service tour!
Two Hour Lighthouse Bicycle Tour from South Portland-Mellow
Our 2-Hour tour leaves at 9 am or 3 pm and follows the scenic South Portland Greenbelt Pathway to two local lighthouses. The first stop on the tour will be Portland Breakwater Light, also known as "Bug Light" and then the tour will continue to Spring Point Ledge Light, located near historic Fort Preble, before returning to the bike shop.
Ultimate Portland Self-Guided Driving GPS Audio Tour
Experience historic architecture, harbor views, and rich seaside culture with this driving tour of Portland, Maine! Cross the cobbled streets of Old Port, chock full of shops, restaurants, and bars, all complemented by the sparkling bay. Dive into the city’s long and embattled history at a church still sporting British cannonballs. See iconic Maine lighthouses and visit pristine beaches. Portland may be a small city, but it packs a big punch! Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! After booking, you can check your email before downloading the Tour Guide App by Action, enter your unique password, and access your tour. The preceding steps require good internet/wifi access. Simply follow the audio instructions and the route from there. This is not an entrance ticket. Check opening hours before your visit. No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
Vintage Fire Truck Sightseeing Tour of Portland Maine
This 50-minute sightseeing tour is a fun and unique way to discover Portland, Maine. Board a Vintage Fire Engine and travel back in time as your knowledgeable guide helps relive Portland’s colorful history from a local’s perspective. See lighthouses, Civil War forts, city parks and buildings, interesting stories and a multimedia experience packed with historic images of Maine. This is one family-friendly tour you should not miss out on!
Old Port "Seafood Lovers" Walking Lunch Tour in Portland, Maine
Learn about Maine's most famous crustacean and the men and women who make their living from trap to table. Stroll along Portland's vital working waterfront , view lobster boats often unloading their catch and visit Old Port and waterfront district destinations for a progressive, iconic Maine lunch. - This walking tour is appx. 1 - 1.5 miles visiting local favorites with plenty of food, and food for thought - lots of time for Q/A. - There's always a whole lobster roll, a New England clam or seafood chowder, local craft beer (or soda) plus a whoopie pie or other Maine sweet, and a surprise seafood taste or two along the way. This is our most “classic heritage” Maine experience with a bit of modern flare.
Best of Portland Brewery and Spirits Bus Tour
Monday - Thursday ------------------------- We will start in East Bayside. Our first stop is Blue Lobster Urban Winery where we will taste while we learn from the finest winemakers in town. From there, a quick jaunt will get us to Apres for samples of flavorful hard seltzers and alcoholic apple ciders. We’ll travel by bus to Bunker Brewing Co. to enjoy cold beers inside their spacious tasting room and outside patio! Friday - Sunday ------------------------- We will start in East Bayside. Our first stop is Lone Pine Brewing, a beloved brewery known for its cozy atmosphere and exceptional beers. A quick jaunt will get us to Three of Strong Spirits for spirit tastings and to learn about their fascination with taking their time to create high-quality rums. Pallets cleansed with rum, we’ll travel by bus into the heart of Portland’s Old Port visiting Shipyard Brewing Company for a selections of seltzers and beers that are only produced and served at this location in Portland!
2 Hours | Portland, Maine Hidden Histories Walking Tour
Meet Portland and the people—of all backgrounds and identities—whose wit and grit have made Maine's largest city what it is today. Your locally-raised guide will captivate you with extraordinary, exciting, and surprising stories largely left out of the history books. Get ready to broaden your sense of what Portland and Maine have been and could be. Brick sidewalks beneath your feet and beautiful Victorian-era buildings nestled around you, we'll casually stroll Portland’s lush, historic Old Port toward the sparkling waters of Casco Bay. We’ll see where Indigenous Wabanaki leaders made their earliest relationships with European colonizers and walk together through the centuries. Enjoy an inclusive, empowering, and surprising constellation of tales that offers a welcome contrast to the more obvious themes you’re likely to experience on other tours. You'll enjoy 2 hours of narration over a 1.5-mile route with owner and guide, Dugan Murphy. He is Portland's top-rated guide on TripAdvisor!
Portland Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay
What better way to see the delights of Portland than from the sea in one of the famous schooner tall ships. Join us for this mid morning cruise that will make your visit to Portland live long in the memory.
Audio Guided Walking Tour from Old Port of Portland, Maine
On this smartphone-guided adventure, you'll see Portland’s historic streets and discover its stories. Go at your own pace, anytime. The tour never expires. The tour is professionally produced with pro narration and music. It's location-aware walking step by step through the city. You’ll see the cobblestones streets, wharf street, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s home, stops on the underground railroad, city hall, exchange street, the lobster square, historic buildings, and the best spots to eat, including the best donut shop ever. Really, it’s that good. You'll hear the stories of Portland, Anna Kendrick’s favorite hangs, Longfellow’s history, stories of lighthouses, adventure, prohibition, bootleggers, the underground railroad, Japanese mailboxes, the revolution, colonial times, and much more.
Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Portland by Operation City Quest
Operation City Quest of Portland is a great way to see the city! Use an app to submit photos of items you find around the city and challenges you complete for points. The items and challenges can be completed in any order you prefer! See your score on the app leaderboard to see how you compare. The scavenger hunt includes a remote host to help via chat along the way. Come discover Portland.
Portland's Evening Craft Beverage Bus Tour
Beer is just the tip of the iceberg here in Portland, one of oh-so-many delicious beverages being fermented throughout town. Dive deep on this evening tour and see what lies beneath the surface!
Lighthouse Bicycle Tour from South Portland with 4 Lighthouses
Our 3-Hour tour leaves at 11:30 am and follows the scenic South Portland Greenbelt Pathway to three local lighthouses. The first stop on the tour will be Portland Breakwater Light, also known as "Bug Light" and then the tour will continue to Spring Point Ledge Light, located near historic Fort Preble. Next, the tour will pass by Willard Beach before arriving at the final stop, the famous Portland Head Light located at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. It is recommended that patrons bring a lunch or we can assist in purchasing lunch from a local food truck that serves Lobster Rolls.
Sunset Lighthouse Harbor Cruise from Portland's Old Port
Board the Elizabeth Grace to cruise around Portland Harbor while sipping local craft beer. This 1.5-hour harbor cruise will take you out into Casco Bay. Keep your eyes open for potential seal sightings, as well as the multiple lighthouses, islands, and forts you will see while cruising around. We will turn the bow toward Portland so you can take in a Maine sunset from the water and then cruise through Portland Harbor as the city’s nighttime skyline illuminates. You won’t find a more spectacular experience in Maine! GROUP OF 6 OR MORE? Please reach out to us about private charter options for the best experience possible!
Donut Tasting Walking Tour in Portland’s Old Port
Portland, Maine is known for its culinary scene, including amazing donuts. With this tour, you'll get to sample from the city's best donut shops, while also learning of Maine's connection to the invention of the donut and the city's history. Your tour guide will take you not only to the most famous of them all, The Holy Donut, to skip the line, but also to local favorites, that are equally delicious.
Private Lighthouse Sightseeing Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat
Step aboard a vintage Maine Lobster Boat for a private, 2-hour lighthouse viewing & sightseeing charter. Leave the crowds behind as we tour the islands of Casco Bay and pass by 4 lighthouses, historic 19th century forts, and the scenic Maine Coast. Charters depart from Portland's Old Port. This authentic Maine experience is perfect for families and small groups. Each charter is private for groups of up to 6 and all ages are welcome! Customize your charter by adding onboard catering including lunches, charcuterie platters, and snacks. Beer and wine are available on board for purchase as well. Kindly contact us at least 72 hours in advance of your departure to order food.