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Portland Discovery Tours

Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
207-774-0808
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Ranked #7 of 46 Activities in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Jacksonville, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This was one of the most interesting tours ever. The guide was an expert on local architecture which made the trip especially interesting. We saw lighthouses up close and had a long stop at the lighthouses on Cape Elizabeth. This was the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour. It was coupled with the Lighthouse Lovers Cruise which took us on a... More

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Yorktown, Virginia, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had never been to Portland and had heard it was a nice place for a day trip. We decided to do a Land & Sea Tour and selected this company. We thoroughly enjoyed the trolly car tour with "Bramps" and the Bay Tour around the light houses and small islands. The Elizabeth Island light house was beautiful, the Lobster... More

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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99 reviews 99 reviews
48 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Our family really enjoyed the lighthouse boat tour on a trip to Portland this summer. It was a great way to see all of the lighthouses in the area. Before booking the tour, I called with a few questions. The person whom I spoke to on the phone was very friendly and helpful. The captain and guide on the boat... More

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Eliot, Maine
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great tour of Portland and the lighthouse. JJ was an excellent guide - funny, personable and informative. Added plus the weather was fantastic!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It was a good tour, but longer than I would have liked, and freezing cold. Tour guide was good and well informed. We also saw a bald eagle and some seals, which was pretty cool.

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Cary, North Carolina
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93 reviews 93 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Was a good tour... we took the 90 min Lighthouse Cruise, got to see all the key light houses, comfortable boat, and a very personable guide narrating the cruise.

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Kent, England
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14 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The tram tour with JJ was everything you wanted in a tour, part history and geography of Maine, part social history of Portland, part anecdote and totally amusing and entertaining. Nicely paced over an interesting route along with recommendations on what to visit later. The boat tour round the lighthouses was fine, full of facts but lacking the humor of... More

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Thompson Falls, Montana
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92 reviews 92 reviews
13 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Sunny day, calm seas and wonderful narration on this ninety minute tour. The history lesson was very interesting and we took lots of pictures :-)

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

Hi Cawnii P, Glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise and that you had a perfect weather day. Maybe we should hire you so you can order one just like it every day of the season! Casco Bay is hard to beat if you get a beautiful day out there. Thanks for joining us and for writing this review! More

Houston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My husband, mother-in-law, and I went on the Portland Trolley highlights tour. We got off to a rough start... we had called the previous day for reservations. We arrived that day for our appointed time only to be told our tickets had been sold to cruise ship passengers. :( We were able to get tickets for a tour leaving that... More

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

Hi Asiaenthusiast, Thanks for joining us on the trolley and sorry things got a bit mixed up with your reservation. This is our first season switching to online booking. As you say, it really is the best way to go. We do take reservations over the phone, but only on the day-of and then ask that people pick up their... More

Shelter Island, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We spent Labor Day weekend in Freeport and decided to go down to Portland for an afternoon lighthouse tour as someting new to do. The day was perfect and the tour was all it promised. Our Captain, Mel was very nice and our guide, Christine, was knowlegable and funny. We learned a great deal and decided to come back the... More

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

Hi Patrizia, Thanks for coming down from Freeport to take both tours and so glad to hear you enjoyed them both. We'll certainly make sure Mel and Christine see your review and it sounds like your trolley driver & guide was Steve, so we'll pass it along to him as well. It's always nice to hear that people think the... More

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