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“Great but can feel touristy”
Review of Old Port

Old Port
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Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Portland Maine Aboard a Vintage Fire Engine
Ranked #7 of 151 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: Waterfront area dating back to the 1800s.
Bangor, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great but can feel touristy”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

I've enjoyed all of my trips to the Old Port. The restaurants and attractions are wonderful and definitely is very family friendly area to be in. In the summer and early fall, cruise ships come in and can feel crowded in the Old Port. It is great for the economy but I tend to stay away during those times.

I particularly like it in the mornings when it's quiet and you can move from one place to the next.

Visited June 2012
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SF, CA
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“If you have seen one, you have seen them all”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

On the other hand this is a genuine and wonderful one, which is surrounded by interesting and pretty places to be, and things to do, along with some cute shops that are not full of stuff right off the boat or over priced. I, for example, purchased a wonderful "singing bowl" for next to nothing from a cute little shop, and some "fish plates" that my kids grew up with and remember to this day. You could be so lucky.

Visited July 2012
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Dirty”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Very dirty area, needs a good clean thru. Nice restaurants around but needs a scrub. Restaurants close for a few hours on the weekend in the afternoon which is a little inconvenient.

Visited July 2012
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Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cobblestones and shops”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is the best part of Portland. The quaint small shops with items from area artists are amazing. It is lively and quaint at the same time. Actually reminded me a bit of Galway, Ireland. I look forward to returning in the summer when the cafes and bars have outside dining.

Visited October 2012
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Buxton, me
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“great place for a Maine summer vacation”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The old Port is on the waterfront of Portland and offers something for everyone. Three hotels right on the water and There are restaurants galore including seafood (of course! you are in Maine), bars, pubs, pizza, Italian, French,Japanese, Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, sandwich shops, Raw bars, Mexican , ice cream and more. Casual and romantic places alike. Fore Street grill is there which was written about in "Gourmet Magazine" a couple of years ago. And as for the restaurants.... I am taking more than one of each type of restaurant all within walking distance to activities! Besides the many, many shops.... you can grab a lobster roll or some chowda and Take a walk on the pier, go on a whale watch, a duck tour, a chocolate and wine tour, walk to the civic center for an event, there are parks nearby, music at local pubs and clubs, dancing, and walking and biking trails. Lots of Irish music around too!! A two minute drive takes you to the art district with the art museum and children's museum as well as other restaurants and Deering Oaks park for the kiddos. It even has a giant wading pool near the fabulous playground. All around a great place to visit as a couple or with the family!!

Visited September 2012
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