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Best of Portland Guide

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Portland
From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city - the largest in Maine - will enchant you. Saunter down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart's content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the U.S. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city's native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. With kids in hand, enjoy the highly interactive Children's Museum of Maine. And then go next door to the calmer Portland Museum of Art, a small, but eclectic museum with... more From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city - the largest in Maine - will enchant you. Saunter down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart's content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the U.S. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city's native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. With kids in hand, enjoy the highly interactive Children's Museum of Maine. And then go next door to the calmer Portland Museum of Art, a small, but eclectic museum with Impressionist works, Maine landscapes by Homer and Wyeth and other collections. Land or sea is an option here, so if you're tired of the street life, take one of the popular scenic cruises or whale watches, or hop on a ferry to the islands in Casco Bay. At the end of the day, and without kids in hand, unwind and rest your tired feet at one of the city's brewpubs. less

All things to do » Things to do

Portland Museum of Art
Portland Museum of Art
Owner description: With an extensive permanent collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is rightfully taking its place as the best regional museum in the... more Owner description: With an extensive permanent collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is rightfully taking its place as the best regional museum in the country. The PMA boasts a considerable permanent collection, with beloved works of American, European, and Contemporary art, as well as significant holdings of Maine art-highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special member-only events, free school tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio-it's all happening at the PMA. less
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Hadlock Field
Hadlock Field
Owner description: Minor League Baseball team. The Portland Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Come enjoy family friendly entertainment at an affordable price and see future... more Owner description: Minor League Baseball team. The Portland Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Come enjoy family friendly entertainment at an affordable price and see future Major League All-Stars. Former Sea Dogs players include Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Anthony Rizzo, and many more. less
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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Casco Bay Islands
Casco Bay Islands
An archipelago of islands off of Portland.
Attraction type: Islands
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Casco Bay Lines
Casco Bay Lines
Attraction type: Ferries
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Eastern Promenade
Eastern Promenade
Attraction type: Parks; Biking Trails
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Back Bay Grill
Back Bay Grill
Ranked #1 of 634 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gorgeous Gelato
Gorgeous Gelato
Ranked #2 of 634 Restaurants in Portland
Price: $2 - $7
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Standard Baking Co.
Standard Baking Co.
Ranked #3 of 634 Restaurants in Portland
Price: $2 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
The Green Elephant
The Green Elephant
Ranked #4 of 634 Restaurants in Portland
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Emilitsa
Emilitsa
Ranked #5 of 634 Restaurants in Portland
Price:
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Inn at Park Spring
3.5 of 5
The Inn at Park Spring
$114 - $321
Ranked #3 of 12 Portland B&B and Inns
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Inn at St. John
2.5 of 5
Inn at St. John
$65 - $136
Ranked #7 of 12 Portland B&B and Inns
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Hyatt Place Portland - Old Port
3.0 of 5
Hyatt Place Portland - Old Port
$124 - $498
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Portland
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

West End Inn
West End Inn
$203 - $270
Ranked #1 of 12 Portland B&B and Inns
The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast
3.5 of 5
The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast
$162 - $342
Ranked #2 of 12 Portland B&B and Inns
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Inn On Carleton
3.5 of 5
Inn On Carleton
$176 - $271
Ranked #4 of 12 Portland B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5
The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
$209 - $505
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Portland
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Portland Harbor Hotel
4.0 of 5
Portland Harbor Hotel
$172 - $436
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Portland
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The Westin Portland Harborview
4.0 of 5
The Westin Portland Harborview
$168 - $436
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Portland
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