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Portland Discovery Tours

Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
207-774-0808
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Ranked #8 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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Coral Springs, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I took the combination tour, first the trolley and then the lighthouse lover cruise. Both were terrific! Very informative. The trolley guide was entertaining and full of information. The cruise shared some similar information but gave a different view of Portland. Staff was great for both! I recommend both. I also recommend bringing a sweater!

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Bedford Hills, NY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I went on both the Trolley ride and the Lighthouse cruise. We enjoyed both~learned alot about the area. For both bring a sweater or sweat shirt..it gets chilly. If you only want to do one (it's a bit costly) go for the cruise~crew is great and we loved seeing all the lighthouses.

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We did the trolley tour and it was very very informative. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had lots of interesting tips to share with us as we saw some of the different sections of Portland, including the very picturesque promenade area and some beautiful, surrounding houses. What I liked about our tour leader was that, while he shared... More

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Arlington, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed the trolley Portland City and Lighthouse Tour. The driver was very knowledgeable of the city, buildings, and history of the area. Lots of information shared and we didn't have to worry about diving in the traffic, watching for one-way streets, pedestrians, etc. - we just had to sit back and enjoy the scenery! We... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

We took a Portland discover trolley tour our first day in town. It was a good way to get an idea of what and where we wanted to explore a little more.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our hour plus land tour included a good amount of information about the city and its history. The highly experienced teacher on summer break did a great job. The sea portion was also very informative and enjoyable. Buy the combo and save a few dollars.

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

Hi BSchug, Glad you enjoyed the tours! The driver you had was probably Steve, and we'll let him know you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for writing a review! More

Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I did both trolley and lighthouse tour. Brian on the service desk is a great guy and very helpful. JJ on the trolley is a great ambassador for your company. He knows his area and gave excellent explanations along the tour. I really enjoyed his commentary. He speaks from the heart and not a script. Even though I enjoyed the... More

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

Hi Myrna, Thank so much for this fantastic review and for taking both of our tours. Bryan is a great guy and does a fantastic job at our tour booth. and JJ gets nothing but great reviews on here for the reasons you mention. I'll make sure both of them see your nice review and thanks again for joining us... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband, 7 month old daughter, and I truly enjoyed the Lighthouse Lovers Tour. We originally booked the sunset cruise but our plans with friends were changed around and Portland Discovery Tours graciously allowed us to switch to an earlier tour at 2:30. The tour materials boast about the five lighthouses you'll see but I was more impressed by the... More

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

Hi Heather, Thanks for writing this helpful review and we're glad the whole family enjoyed the tour! We certainly do what we can to accommodate changes in plans and tour times, as that can happen on vacation. There is so much to see and hear about out there and really glad you got to see some seals as well, we've... More

London
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71 reviews 71 reviews
4 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

On our 1st day in Portland we did the City & Lighthouse Trolley Tour and as newbies to the city found it an ideal way to get our bearings and see what we wanted to revisit. The tour was very informative with our guide JJ being both a very interesting guide and a very funny guy. We found out so... More

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

Hi NeilB, We love to hear that we've given people a good overview of the city. Many people say that we visit parts they might not have found on their own, and that's exactly what we strive for, while intertwining the history of Portland as well, of course. I'll make sure JJ sees your nice review and thanks for writing... More

Miami, Florida, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We started with the boat tour of Casco Bay and finished with the trolley tour led by driver, docent, and wanna be comedian Questionable Doug. Doug claimed to be a former/reformed New York City cab driver who migrated north to Portland but who knows; he did say his name was Questionable. He educated and entertained throughout the tour. I highly... More

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

Hi Bill, Thanks for taking the time to write this review and for the recommendation. Questionable Doug is quite popular around here and as far as we can tell the personal history gave you is true. We'll make sure he see your kind words and thanks again for joining us! More

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