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Portland Discovery Tours

Address: Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
Phone Number: 207-774-0808
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Ranked #7 of 66 Activities in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: If you want to get up close and personal with Portland’s landmarks, lighthouses and harbor seals...
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Owner description: If you want to get up close and personal with Portland’s landmarks, lighthouses and harbor seals AND learn some city history, join Portland Discovery on a Land & Sea Tour! Start your day on board the Discovery trolley as you travel from city streets to rocky coast and make your way to Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse! After a break for lunch and shopping in the Old Port, board a classic cruise boat for a 90-minute narrated harbor tour, where you’ll see 4 lighthouses up close, 3 Civil War forts and several of the inner bay islands, including Halfway Rock Ledge, home to many seals and seabirds.

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Rochester
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This boat tour lasts about 90 minutes and takes you past no fewer than a half-dozen light houses thar ring the Portland harbor. Passengers are free to move about the upper and lower decks, which makes the trip that much more enjoyable because you are not restricted to your seat. The guide was very well-informed, and gave a very good... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Jason, Thanks for the great review! We're happy you had fun on the cruise it felt it was a good price. We should clarify that we can usually get up close to 4 lighthouses, and can usually see three others as long as it's a clear, calm day. Sounds like that is what you must have had! We can't... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Our family group of 9(8 plus 1 dog) visited Portland in mid October and were treated to a warm, sunny day. We wanted to take the combo City/Lighthouse, but the bus portion was sold out, so we settled for the water portion. When we inquired about bringing our dog, we were told: "This Maine, of course your dog is welcome!"... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Bobbalou 23, Thanks for joining us on the cruise and we're glad to hear you enjoyed it! We appreciate you sharing all this helpful information, and would like to make just one clarification: our handicap accessibility on the boat can really be affected by the tide. It sounds like you were probably here closer to high tide when there's... More 

Buffalo, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Bumpy waters, worth the trip. Awesome fall day. Wanted to go out past headlight, but tour did not include that.

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Shawn, Thanks for taking our Lighthouse Lovers Cruise and for taking the time to write this review. We do tend to have choppier seas in the fall than in the summer months. Within our tour loop, Portland Head Light is where the open ocean starts so if it's a nice calm day, we can get around Portland Head Light... More 

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I loved that I could pre-book this harbor and city tour prior to arrival in Portland. We took the harbor cruise tour first and it was fantastic! This was one of the highlights of our Canada New England Cruise trip. The setting is amazingly beautiful and our boat captain and tour guide were wonderful. The tour guide was a young... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi TandF33, We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tours and found the online booking process easy and effective!! Now that we have gotten our website set-up for online booking, it really has become the easiest way to reserve space on a particular tour and we hope our customers will feel the same. Thank you for letting us... More 

Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Booked on-line to tour from a cruise ship. Fascinating tour of Portland and the area. Out to a lighthouse and many other sights.

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Dunold0, Thanks for this 5-"star" review and we're so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. The lighthouse you mention is Portland Head Light, our most famous and most photographed, which is a highlight for many, but it's sounds like you enjoyed the Portland history as well, which is what we like to hear. Thanks for taking the time... More 

Grantham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The tour is conducted at a gentle pace, the bus driver was great, there was nothing about the area he didn't know, time was given for 'photos and sight seeing. The same was repeated on the boat. We really enjoyed this tour, full marks for a fantastic few hours.

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Peter, Thanks for this great review and glad to hear you enjoyed both the "Land" and the "Sea" tours. All of our guides love history and many grew up in the area, so they love showing off our city and Casco Bay. We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us that you enjoyed the tour; it means... More 

Montana City, Montana
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125 reviews 125 reviews
21 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This was a fun little Trolley tour and well worth the low price, but honestly, not so informative. I think our guide was good and entertaining, but we mostly viewed old houses and mansions which just were not that interesting. I had already been to the Lighthouse, but it was worth another trip. It is fantastic, it just says Maine.... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi akmoma, Thanks for taking our Portland City and Lighthouse Tour and we're happy to hear you thought it was fun and a good value. Apologies there was not more to keep your attention. What you describe does make up a good portion of Portland's history. We start off by talking about the working waterfront and it's role in shaping... More 

Juneau
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I loved all the ground we covered in the land tour. The open air trolley was great for taking pictures and feeling like a part of your surroundings. Unfortunately our guide, Tyler, only spoke in a monotone. No inflections. That caused not only a problem to hear him over city noise but it kinda made me nod off on occasion...and... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Dawn, Glad to hear you enjoyed the trolley and sorry you didn't have a better time on the tour itself. Tyler typically gets fantastic reviews. I can imagine how a lack of inflection would make the tour hard to hear, though the volume can always be turned up too, if the driver is notified. They usually start off with... More 

Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We booked this tour online from home at a cost of $44 per person. The tour included a tour of the harbor by boat, and a trolley tour of the city. Of all the shore excursions we’ve ever taken, this was the best value. The cost was more than reasonable, and the tours themselves were narrated by guides who were... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi James, Thanks for this great review! Sounds like you did our Land and Sea Tour with the Portland City trolley tour. We're so happy to hear you thought the price was reasonable and a good value. It sounds like you had a nice day on the water, and the trolley driver you speak of is Doug. We'll definitely make... More 

Shreve
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Very knowledgable and entertaining guide! We really enjoyed the tour (land only). I had called the night before to ask about buying tickets at the site of the tour. I was informed that there were cruise ships in town, but they were adding extra tours and we shouldn't have to wait more than 15 minutes. Well, we arrived at 10:45... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Gammy, Thanks for joining us and sorry for the misinformation on the tour time. We are not able to take reservations over the phone when we have large cruise ships in, so we always encourage people to purchase tickets online, if possible. This way you know you have seats on a particular tour time. If this isn't possible, the... More 

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