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Trip List by Roadtravlr

4th of July in Portland

Jul 7, 2007  A professional weekender
4.5 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

Itinerary for an extended 4th of July mini-vacation/weekend in Portland and Greater Casco Bay area. 4 days.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Freeport
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Portland
    Portland, Maine

    DAY ONE: JULY 4TH
    Arrive in the morning /early afternoon at Portland International Jetport (PWM). Portland Jetport is a rarity amongst US airports...located only four miles from city center!

  • 2. Holiday Inn Portland By The Bay
    Holiday Inn Portland By The Bay, Portland, Maine
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    Avg price: $156

    Stay at the Holiday Inn by The Bay. Also known as "the old standard," this hotel is reasonably priced and puts you within walking distance of many Portland attractions. A free shuttle is also provided to get around the general area.

  • 3. Gritty McDuff's
    Gritty McDuff's, Portland, Maine

    You've just arrived in Portland...hungry! Grab a bite to eat at Gritty's, Portland's brew pub with the local's stamp of approval.

  • 4. Old Port
    Old Port, Portland, Maine

    Walk off your meal from Gritty's and explore the Old Port. The collections of cool shops and life around the pier makes this a must-see. Begin your journey by checking out "Cool as a Moose" on Fore Street for all your touristy needs.

  • 5. Portland Lobster Co
    Portland Lobster Co, Portland, Maine

    Have dinner at the Portland Lobster Company. The name says it all. If it's not too windy, grab a table on the deck.

  • 6. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum
    Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, Portland, Maine

    While you can walk from Old Port to the Eastern Prom for the big 4th of July fireworks, catching a ride on the historic steam trains to the action is so much more fun! The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad sponsors train rides to the fireworks and usually a donation is requested.

  • 7. Eastern Promenade Park
    Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine

    The Eastern Prom (as its called locally) is a nice park located near the water. Bring a towel, a frisbee or a good book and wait for the fireworks to begin. Get some yummy "fair food" like carmel apples and funnel cake from the vendors on site at the park. The fireworks generally start around 9pm. Due to rain this year, the fireworks began earlier around 8:30. Check the weather reports and local newspapers for start times as the big event nears. Ride the steam train back after the fireworks end.

  • 8. Becky's Diner
    Becky's Diner, Portland, Maine

    DAY TWO: JULY 5TH
    Start the day off right with breakfast at Becky's, a local diner favorite. Near the docks. If you're really good...arrive at 5am when the fisherman come in for a bite. Otherwise, plan your trip to Becky's carefully. Add a 30 minute cushion to allow for the wait to be seated. Becky's is very popular and if your party is more than 2, it could take awhile to find seating. Try the blueberry pancakes!

  • 9. Duck Adventures
    Downeast Duck Adventures, Portland, Maine

    After a filling breakfast at Becky's, take a Duck Tour! This is literally a fun way to soak in some local flavor and history on land and water. The tour guides are locals with a great sense of humor and you'll cover a lot of ground in about an hour.

  • 10. Gilbert's Chowder House
    Gilbert's Chowder House, Portland, Maine

    A visit to New England is not complete without a taste of chowder. If you're in Portland, Gilbert's Chowder House is a must. Gilbert's has great prices and great taste for lunch. They get high points for offering chowders that can be eaten by those allergic to shellfish--the chicken corn chowder is quite good!

  • 11. Fort Williams State Park
    Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

    Time for a mini-road trip! Cross the Casco Bay Bridge and go to Cape Elizabeth. Fort Williams State Park offers free access and romantic views of the ocean and the iconic Portland Head Light. If you want a more beachy experience, head to nearby Crescent Beach State Park.

  • 12. Scarborough
    Scarborough, Maine

    Drive about 30 minutes to Scarborough, Maine for some fun and quirky Maine Adventures: The Chocolate Moose Tour at Len Libby's Candies and Candlepin Bowling

  • 13. Len Libby's Candies, Scarborough, Maine
    http://www.lenlibby.com/

    Len Libby's is a local institution that's serious about all things chocolate. While the chocolate confections are the major draw, the 1700 pound chocolate sculpture of "Lenny the Chocolate Moose" is not to be missed.

  • 14. Big 20 Bowling Center
    http://www.big20bowling.com/

    If chowder is a very new england food...candlepin bowling is a very new england pastime! Located about 2 minutes from Len Libby's is the Big 20 Candlepin Bowling. Center. Like it's mid-atlantic cousin, duckpin bowling, candlepin uses a much smaller ball than regular ten pin bowling. The pins in candlepin are also taller and thinner, making for a more challenging game. A fun way to burn off the calories from the chocolate at Len Libby's!

  • 15. Duckfat
    Duckfat, Portland, Maine

    A staple on Portland's top foodie lists. They own the market when it comes to fries, which are done belgian style and cooked in duckfat (of course). A good place for a light and casual dinner.

  • 16. Stonewall Kitchen Store, Portland, Maine
    http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/swk_store_portland.aspx

    A quick walk from Duckfat on Middle Street is the Stonewall Kitchen Company Store, Portland's answer to William-Sonoma. Check this place out for free samples and gift ideas.

  • 17. Old Port
    Old Port, Portland, Maine

    Once you start walking around...keep going if it's a nice evening. Come back to the Old Port...it's hard to stay away from this cool area!

  • 18. Bubble Maineia, Portland, Maine
    http://bubblemaineia.com/

    Move over, Starbucks..Bubble tea is an Asian drink that's starting to sweep the country one slurp at a time! Try this as a cooling treat as you walk around the Old Port. I recommend the Blueberry Slush with tapioca pearls (aka "boba").

  • 19. Freeport
    Freeport, Maine

    DAY THREE: JULY 6TH
    Take another mini-road trip to Freeport...about 30 minutes away from Portland.

  • 20. Freeport Shopping Outlets
    Freeport Shopping Outlets, Freeport, Maine

    Spend the day at the Freeport Village Outlets...quaint outlet shopping...it's true! The shops are integrated in the buildings of "old town" architecture. A pedestrian shopper's haven.

  • 21. Azure Italian Cafe
    Azure Cafe, Freeport, Maine

    Have lunch at the Azure Cafe for fine Italian food in a casual atmoshpere.

  • 22. Portland Museum of Art
    Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

    Go to the Arts District of Portland as a pre-dinner outing. Head to the Portland Museum of Art and do some browsing of a different sort!
    Tip: The PMA is free on Friday evenings 5pm to 9pm.

  • 23. Space Gallery
    Space Gallery, Portland, Maine

    After seeing some of the established and well-known figures in the art world at the Portland Museum of Art, walk over to the Space Gallery. The Space Gallery features art work by emerging and underground artists in a funky gallery space that sometimes doubles as a club.

  • 24. Uffa! Restaurant

    Reservations are strongly encouraged for this popular Portland restaurant. Fine dining in a chill atmosphere and reasonably priced. Do save room for dessert. The "Chocolate Tower" is a gorgeous dessert that must be seen to be believed!

  • 25. Marcy's Breakfast & Lunch
    Marcy's Breakfast & Lunch, Portland, Maine

    DAY FOUR: JULY 7TH
    Have breakfast at Marcy's in downtown Portland. Smaller than Becky's but just as much a local favorite. Try their homemade blueberry muffins, grilled!

  • 26. Monument Square, Portland, Maine
    http://www.monumentsquare.com

    Walk over to Monument Square, the cultural core of downtown Portland. If you are in Monument Square on Saturdays, a saturday market with local artisans is often present.

  • 27. Soak Teahouse and Foot Sanctuary
    Soakology Foot Sanctuary and Teahouse, Portland, Maine

    Before you say good-bye to the city and catch your early evening flight...Reward yourself for a journey well-done and treat your feet! After walking around Monument Square, head to Soak for a relaxing and therapeutic foot soak. Choose from a wide variety of teas as you indulge in a good soak.