Commercial Street

Commercial Street, Portland: Address, Commercial Street Reviews: 4.5/5

Commercial Street
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Historic street at the edge of the working waterfront area of Portland.
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4.5
675 reviews
Excellent
338
Very good
255
Average
69
Poor
11
Terrible
2

ThomasTCat
St. Louis, MO674 contributions
Aug 2021
We came here to catch the trolley tour and parked in the lot right next to it, and since there were no prices posted, we found out that it was $8 an hour and of course we needed to be there three hours for the tour and had no time to look for a different lot. When we returned and wanted to add more time to it, the cost had changed to a flat rate of $40 and gave us no credit for the $24 we had already paid. We found out that there were much more reasonable parking lots just a few block away, so we moved our car having already wasted $24. But Commercial Street has a lot to offer, especially the Portland Lobster Company - a great place to eat and watch the boats as they docked there in the port.
Written September 3, 2021
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,676 contributions
Sep 2021
Although we enjoyed walking around for a couple of hours….the parking garages are a rip off. Most that we saw don’t post hourly rates and at one, we were charged $20 for less than 2 hours. No attendant on sight to ask for an explaination.
Written October 1, 2021
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Didio P
Pharr, TX8 contributions
Jul 2021
Commercial Street is a great place for local fare and shopping with a few bars. Luke's Lobster is located here. From Commercial Street I took the Odyssey Whale Watch Tour. Parking is tricky, depends on what time of the day you go. I was there before 10am and the parking payment machine stated $8 an hour. After my whale watch tour I thought I could add more money for a couple of more hours and the display stated it was $40 for the rest of the day. So I ended up paying $40 twice. Also someone who I thought was a local told me the parking was free after 6pm; not true. I got fined $63. Oh well, it was worth it and a learning experience.
Written July 23, 2021
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NHjo
Saco, ME4,957 contributions
Oct 2021
Very busy, exciting, filled with tourists. There are several wharves to explore, lots of nice shops, bars and restaurants. Loads of sightseeing trips by boat (ferries, schooners, sailboats, windjammers), bus, trolley, and the famous Duck Tour by land and sea. The Old Port portion of the Commercial Street area is the best! Our latest visit here was to take the ferry to Peaks Island ($2 round trip this time of year, what a deal!) and have pizza and drinks at one of the waterfront restaurants.
Written October 17, 2021
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itsjustnelly
8 contributions
May 2019
Great place to visit and explore. Lots of trendy shops and restaurants, such a wonderful place to wander. Although I felt safe I was approched by quite a few homeless people looking for $$ which made me look over my shoulder a bit.
Written January 6, 2020
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MelissaL0715
Tampa, FL744 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
If you are looking for authentic Maine shopping and a ton of quality gifts to take back home, I would recommend visiting the Commercial Street area. Having never been to Portland, we were not sure what to expect but we quickly spotted all the nice stores along the street and found a few open spots (only parallel street parking available). Lots of great stores with wonderful gifts to take back home with us. Plenty of places to eat in this area as well. No shortage of ice cream shops either. Beautiful architecture around each corner.
Written July 30, 2021
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LeslieinTN
Jonesborough, TN781 contributions
Jun 2021
This was the first place we headed when we drove into Portland. Finding a parking place was hard, but we managed. (Watch out for the "private" parking spaces that charge outrageous prices. Stick to those marked as "public" parking.) The traffic is slow through here with people crossing the road and cars looking for places to park.

We walked the area, picked up lunch, and later dessert. It was a pretty area and even in late June the weather was very nice!
Written July 8, 2021
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pinkkitty427
Fort Myers, FL71 contributions
Aug 2019
Portland was our second stop in my NCL Cruise. We were there from 7am to 2pm. A bit disappointing because the only places open were coffee shops. Most other shops opened about 10am. We made the best of it and found a delicious spot for breakfast!!! We took in some sights and photos around town. There was a Salt Store there which had a salt room. I spent a fair amount of time there and will definitely plan a salt therapy session ahead of time if I every go back. Wish I would have seen it/known about it earlier in the day. I would have had plenty of time before getting back to the ship. The day started out very foggy and rainy, but by the time we left, the clouds were gone, the sky was blue and the sun was out!!! Turned out to be a beautiful day, even used the pool on the ship. The view of the harbor upon the ships departure was very beautiful. Make sure you check it out.
Written February 3, 2020
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Nj R
Burlington, NJ18 contributions
Jul 2021
For some reason there are 1,000, 000 people visiting this small town of 66,000. They do a pretty nice job. Nor a lot of problems. They maintain a classy atmosphere and booming restaurant scene. Attractive early 20th century maritime commercial district pumped up to a tourist mecca.
Written July 25, 2021
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at12exit
13 contributions
Aug 2021
We've been here twice when in Portland. Parking can be tough but there is street parking and parking lots if you are making a day of it. Easy access to the water attractions such as Lucky Catch and Old Portland Sailing Company. Try the many good restaurants such as the Porthole for great seafood. Also try Brickyard Hollow Brewery for great beer/drinks and get the gouda fries they are awesome. Great place to pick up some souvenirs. Things tend to close early so plan your day accordingly.
Written August 26, 2021
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