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“Historical tour of Portland”

Portland Fire Engine Co
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Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Portland Maine Aboard a Vintage Fire Engine
Ranked #5 of 33 Tours in Portland
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Portland Fire Engine Co. offering narrated sightseeing tours of Portland Maine aboard a Vintage Fire Engine. We explore the peninsula of Portland and its many lighthouses and forts as well as the amazing architectural buildings hidden inside of the cobble stoned streets that make up our wonderful city. The tour is a great way of reliving Portland’s past, present and future. The viewing area high up on the Fire Engine gives amazing views of Casco Bay as well as fantastic opportunities for photographs. We are a highly rated tour operator in Portland so please check out some of our 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor below. The sightseeing tours are approximately 50 minutes in length and are fully narrated with a very knowledgeable guide displaying high resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society through our on-board multimedia system which includes a large flat LED TV. We begin and end our tours in the heart of the Old Port which is a great way to discover all that our magical city has to offer. This area of the city is great for sightseeing tours as well as the world famous shopping and the amazing restaurants, pubs and shopping. Informative and Fun for All Ages Sightseeing Tours begin and end at 180 Commercial St. (Located in front of Portland Lobster Co.)
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage
North Olmsted, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
224 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Historical tour of Portland”
Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

We found this tour while doing research for vacation to Portland and couldn't wait to take it since my husband is a fireman. The truck has a guide that sits in the back with you and has a tablet hooked up to a TV monitor showing historical images of Portland as you drive through the city seeing it in it's modern state. The tour guide also gave us a lot of info about growing up in the area.

Visited October 2013
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English first
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Knowledgable and personal guides made the tour outstanding.”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Seating on the fire truck is limited to 11 outside plus one rider in the cab. The small group allowed for lots of interactions with the guide and guests. The tour guides are owner/operators who grew up in Portland. The tour is informative and full of first hand stories about the town. One owner is a professional historian. We highly recommend that you choose this tour over the cruise ship excursions.

Visited September 2013
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Napanee, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fire engine multimediatour in Portland Maine”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We are from Canada and my wife and I and our adult daughter took this tour on a quick visit to Portland. It was extremely enjoyable and informative. Fred ( I think) was our guide and made the whole tour quite a hoot with his anecdotes. I would definitely recommend it.

Visited September 2013
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Dracut, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We went on the Portland Fire Tour on a whim. We thought it would be neat to ride on a fire truck for a tour. Our guide was Tim. He was great! He made the tour fun and informational. I highly recommend the tour if you are in or near Portland.

Visited August 2013
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83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Save your money, do a different tour.”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The informational tour we paid 30.00 for was a joke. The speakers went out 5 minutes into the tour which was 50 minutes. The narrator told more personal family history about his life growing up in Portland than useful Portland history. He also gave a run down off this work history and all odd jobs he'd had before.

While wondering if we should book this tour, we were approached by our narrator, who was trying to fill the last two seats. After we decided to go ahead, we were rushed onto the engine as the tour was ready to leave. As I turned around, I saw two gentlemen "high five" and it felt very sneaky.

Visited August 2013
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Keith N, Owner at Portland Fire Engine Co, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
As Portland's only multimedia tour, our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. We do apologize for the speaker malfunction that you experienced on your tour and it has since been repaired. Our guides do provide a 50 minute tour that is rich in Portland's history. They have had experience working for other businesses in Portland. We are lucky to have them share their insiders view and knowledge of the city. The "high-five" that you had seen was our way of expressing how happy and thankful we are to have folks excited to take our tour. It's been a great summer and we feel that the fire truck is the best way to see Portland in under an hour and learn lots of Portland's history in a 50 minute tour :)
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