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Best Things To Do in Portland, Maine

With domestic travel booming lately due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Portland, Maine has become a hot spot for out of state visitors. Known as the "city of the sea", this charming city has plenty of trendy eateries and bars, boutiques, lighthouses, and tons to do. Use our travel guide to help plan your trip like a local to the largest city in Maine.

1. Portland Head Light

Although it's technically in Cape Elizabeth, this is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the US and a recognizable Maine landmark. You can even book a tour that will take you to several lighthouses and give you a history lesson too!


2. Indulge in the Food Scene

Portland is a foodie's paradise, whether you're into classic seafood or would rather try an experimental menu. You could take a food tour, or just choose from the abundance of restaurants sprawling throughout the city. Some of the most popular ones include: Duckfat, High Roller Lobster, Eventide, and Public Market House.


3. Explore Old Port

Lined with cobblestone streets, this is the oldest part of the city and has plenty of things to do. Walk or bike along the waterfront or check out some fun bars, independent bookstores, and extensive shops.


4. Go on a Bar Crawl

Calling all craft beer lovers! Portland has some amazing micro-breweries. If you prefer cocktails, there's plenty of bars for you too, many of which have live music. Even people who don't drink alcohol can indulge in expertly crafted mocktails from Vena’s Fizz House.


5. Go Whale Watching

Although this is a seasonal activity, typically from the end of August through mid-October, you can't miss out on this memorable experience if you're in town. Make sure you book your tour in advance as they have a tendency to sell out.

6. Visit Nearby Islands

There are so many surrounding islands just a short ferry ride away, including Peaks Island, Cliff Island, Great Diamond Isle, and more. Each island has it's own charm and unique things to do, making them perfect for day or half-day trips.


There's a never ending list of fun things to do in Portland, Maine. We hope this list can inspire your itinerary, feel free to share any Maine travel tips in the comments below!

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