In the City of Portland, Maine's best features combine in one geographical region. Portland features spectacular dining and cultural opportunities as well as diverse recreational attractions and stunning natural beauty. Don't give up a thing on your Maine vacation – come to a seaside city in Casco Bay where arts meets adventure on the classic Maine coast.
Portland's Rich History & Historical Sites
History is kept alive in the Greater Portland Region, where historical homes and maritime museums chronicle the emergence of the area from a trading and fishing settlement into one of the nation's most active seaports. A constant attention to landmark preservation and appreciation of our heritage and historical sites has made the greater coastal region a historical sightseeing destination.
Family Restaurants, Fine Dining & Gourmet Foods
Portland's contemporary cuisine has created a buzz. Its award-winning chefs, burgeoning farm-to-table movement and staggering number of innovative restaurants have caught the attention of epicureans around the nation. Long known for its lobster and local seafood, the region has gained a new reputation for quality restaurants, talented chefs and array of tantalizing dining options.
Coastal Maine Activities & Events
City worldliness in a small town community is part of the authentic Portland character. In the city's downtown, a live music scene thrives, where the Old Port provides the nightlife with music, dancing and waterfront pubs, as well as a chance to visit the state's famed microbreweries and sample fine ales brewed on site. Uptown, the arts district imparts an urban feel where galleries and acoustic blues and jazz venues in casual settings are open to visitors and passersby.
Family Vacation Destination
Portland is known as a family-friendly city. The Children's Museum serves as a city highlight, and fairs, festivals and activities to keep active kids of all ages busy surround visitors. Sports events, amusement parks, wildlife parks, and unique, kid-friendly museums add fun and adventure to every family trip.
Coastal Maine – the Best Place to Explore
Enjoy an outdoor hike among the foliage in fall, relax by the ocean in the summer, and cross-country ski through snowy trails in the winter: coastal Maine's mild winters and cool summers provide unique outdoor adventure opportunities every season of the year. With Portland as your center, you can easily enjoy day trips to area towns, explore surrounding parks, hike, swim, bike or golf, or canoe and kayak just 10 minutes from downtown.
Experience the stunning natural beauty of the classic Maine coast. Surrounded by water and jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay, Portland offers some of the best water access to islands, historic forts and lighthouses in Maine. Plan a day trip that includes water views, the rugged coast, and picturesque mountain regions – it's all in proximity to Portland.