Greater Portland is the Maine region where stunning natural beauty combines with a myriad of activities to create an exemplary vacation spot. Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway or traveling alone or with friends, you’re sure to find activities to pique your interest.
Music & Arts Scene: At the Center of Maine's Cultural Community
As the cultural center of northern New England, Portland’s visual and performing arts rival those of cities much larger in size; from classical to cutting-edge, visual and performing arts are vibrantly alive and infuse the region with a surprising sophistication. With its own art museum, symphony orchestra, ballet and modern dance troupes, even an opera company, you’ll be amazed at what’s showing throughout the year. Known regionally for its thriving local music scene, Portland boasts some of the best eclectic venues for rock, hip-hop, jazz, reggae or bluegrass – it’s all here live! In the summer, the music moves outdoors and echoes down to the harbor.
Trails & Tours in the City
Portland is also steeped in history and anxious to share. City bus tours and guided walking tours can introduce you to the careful craftsmanship and fine architecture of past eras, and lovingly restored museum homes offer a glimpse into past lives that continue to shape the region’s character. The Maine Maritime Museum
in Bath and the Portland Harbor Museum are both devoted to the rich maritime history of Maine’s port cities, and the Portland Observatory
, the only remaining historic maritime signal station in the U.S., is open for guided tours Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
Outdoor Activities on the Coast of Maine
With its proximity to the sea, there are naturally plenty of things to do on and around the water, from narrated cruises to sunset schooner sails, exciting kayak excursions to lazy beach afternoons. But don’t miss the mountains with superb downhill skiing, abundant wildlife, thrilling whitewater rafting and fishing and swimming in crystal clear lakes. Golf enthusiasts will find numerous beautifully situated courses, either next to the ocean or amid the mountains. Maine is "The Great Outdoors,” so get out and enjoy it!
Always Things to Do: Fill Your Calendar Rain or Shine
There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied, from wildlife and amusement parks to the alluring world of antique trains and trolleys, even their own Children’s Museum and Theatre
. Portland is home to three semi-pro sports teams that kids love to cheer on. They’ll also be fascinated to see how different life was in the 1800’s on a trip to the 19th Century Willowbrook Village
, a living history museum. And the excitement peaks at fairs and festivals all summer and fall, with a wide assortment of food, entertainment, animals and rides.