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Portland Discovery Tours

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Address: Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
Phone Number: 207-774-0808
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If you want to get up close and personal with Portland’s landmarks,...

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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Great experience!

I'm not one to do a lot of touristy things, but this was a great experience. We went on the Sunset Lighthouse Tour and happened to have perfect weather and a great sunset. No... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I'm not one to do a lot of touristy things, but this was a great experience. We went on the Sunset Lighthouse Tour and happened to have perfect weather and a great sunset. No matter where you're sitting, you can get good pictures of the scenery and lighthouses. The employees were very personable and informative.

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

Hi LanaChristine, No trip to Portland is complete without a trip out on beautiful Casco Bay! It really is hard to beat, especially when you have a beautiful afternoon or evening. Great to hear your deckhands & captain were friendly and knowledgeable as well. Thanks for joining us on the Sunset Lighthouse Cruise and for taking the time to write... More 

Wayne, New Jersey
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We enjoyed the Lighthouse Lovers Cruise. Having been to Portland Head Light a number of times, it was good to see it from "the other side" — from the water. At one point on our tour, the water got a bit choppy. Imagine being out at night in choppy water back in the days when only lighthouses guided your way.... More 

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

Hi CoppertoneGold, Thanks for taking our Lighthouse Lovers Cruise and glad you enjoyed it! As someone originally from the area, but hadn't really taken much of a narrated boat cruise until I began working here, I would agree it does offer a completely different perspective, and one connected to the history of the area, as you mention. Thanks so much... More 

Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We did the combo trolley/boat tour. We enjoyed both but doing both was too much for one day. I would suggest the trolley only because you see all the great things of Portland including the Lighthouse, it doesn't take that long, and the drivers are entertaining and informative. The boat tour is scenic but it eats up your time especially... More 

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

Hi Nicholas, Thanks so much for taking our Land and Sea Tour and happy to hear you enjoyed it! The cruise is actually just slightly shorter at 90 minutes where the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour is an hour and 45 minutes. The departure times vary depending on season, but we try to schedule them so that people can either... More 

Hungerford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

We decided to go on a trolley bus tour to a lighthouse and it was a really enjoyable interesting trip. We all agreed it was good value for money.

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

Hi Angels27, Thanks for taking our Portland City and Lighthouse Tour and great to hear you thought it was a good value. We always hope people will find it to be an affordable way to see Portland and Portland Head Light lighthouse, while hopefully learning and laughing a bit as well. Thanks for joining us! More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I generally like Trolley and bus tours of cities as they're so convenient and informative of the city you're in. This was an excellent experience and i got to see and hear about so much of the city that i wouldn't have otherwise got to- the Harbor area, good places to eat, south portland, the proms, and most of all... More 

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

Hi HayJayEm, Our pleasure and so happy you enjoyed the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour! We hope to give people some history on all the various areas of Portland and hopefully show them areas they might have found on their own, and sounds like we did a pretty good job. Thanks for the nice review and for letting us show... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Took the 90 minute Lighthouse Lovers Cruise. The cruise was on the boat Islander and left from Long Wharf. The tour takes you by Bug Light, Spring Point Light, Portland Head Light and Ram Island Light. We also went by Fort Preble, Fort Scammel, Fort McKinley and Fort Gorges. We also saw House Island, Cushing Island, Peaks Islands, Little Diamond... More 

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

Hi Scott M, Thanks for taking our Lighthouse Lovers Cruise and for this nice review! Great job documenting what you passed by, as I think you just about got it all! We had great luck this season seeing harbor seals and that bald eagle and glad that was part of your cruise as well. Thanks for the recommendation and for... More 

Clementon, NJ
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The Lighthouse Lovers tour had come highly recommended by some friends who are locals in the Portland area. Unfortunately the day we went, the fog was really bad and the boat tour was cancelled, so the company gave us the opportunity to take the trolley tour instead. We opted to go, and we're glad we did!. The driver whose name... More 

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

Hi mds1291, Sorry we couldn't get you out on Casco Bay, but so glad to hear you enjoyed the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour! Portland is a relatively small city but we always hope that we show people some sights or areas they might not have otherwise found. If you visit Portland again this summer, we would love to have... More 

Grand Island, New York
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179 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

In October, my girlfriend and I went on the "Portland City and Lighthouse Tour" and this is definitely worth the money. We took the 3:30 PM tour but I wish we would have went on the earliest tour at 11:30 since we learned so much we would have known what else to do and explore! The stop at the Portland... More 

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

Hi kwnike13, Thanks for the kind words and for joining on the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour! We always hope the tour will give people some background on Portland but also give them a "lay of the land" so they may find some spots to go back and visit again. Portland Head Light being one of those spots for sure!... More 

Michigan
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67 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We took the trolley around the city and to Portland Head Light. Not as much time at the light house as I would like but a great way to see the city for a reasonable price.

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

Hi Timbershouse, Thanks for taking our Portland City and Lighthouse Tour and great that you thought it was a good value. We used to only stop at Portland Head Light for about 15 minutes but extended it to about 30 minutes as so many people wanted more time there. Traffic and other factors can affect how long we have there,... More 

Montgomery, AL
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My wife and I went on both a lighthouse cruise and a trolley tour hosted by this company. We cannot recommend these tours enough! Both tour guides (boat and trolley) were very personable and informed. We learned so much and definitely felt like we got our money's worth. Would recommend calling ahead (instead of website) to check on tour schedules,... More 

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

Hi dirt_j00, Thanks so much for taking our Land and Sea Tour and for the fantastic recommendation! We always hope people will walk away feeling it was a good value and that our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. People are always welcome to call us for any updates on our schedule, or with any questions at all. Thanks again for... More 

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