1. Attend the Portland Boat Show or Portland Boatbuilders Show
in March. Start to imagine getting out on the Bay in a new boat or just enjoy looking at all the new boats and marine equipment. Link to Maine's seafaring history and enjoy the view.
2. Experience the Portland Flower Show
with its sights and smells of spring. This show marks the sensory end of winter and gets everyone thinking about flowers and gardens.
3. Participate in Maple Syrup Sunday
. Usually held the last Sunday in March, maple syrup farms open their doors and welcome the public to learn more about tapping maple trees and boiling down the syrup.
Most offer sample of fresh maple syrup.
4. Walk the Boulevard or one of the Promenades
and look for signs of spring: grass greening, crocuses coming up, and migrating birds.
5. Take a canoe or kayak ride through the Scarborough Marsh
. Visiting the marsh provides you with an opportunity to spot herons, egrets, ducks, and the resident bald eagles.
6. Attend Opening Day at Hadlock Field
. See the newest version of the Portland Sea Dogs, the AA affliate of the Boston Red Sox, in their home stadium. Watch the future Major Leaguers in action at this fan friendly stadium.
7. Take a cruise on the Bay or in the Harbor
. Several cruise lines start their seasons in late May and June and Casco Bay Lines adds fun cruises to its normal inter-island schedule.
8. Visit the Maine Wildlife Park
. Opening in mid-April, the park has over 25 species of native wildlife, including moose, deer, bears, porcupines, lynx, and eagles.
9. Enjoy one of the L.L. Bean Spring Weekends or one of their Walk-on Outdoor Discovery Schools
. They cover everything from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to fly-fishing and kayaking and wilderness first aid.
10. Stop by the Maine Jewish Film Festival
. This festival, with multiple movie screenings, happens in the week of March 26-31 at the Nickelodeon Cinemas, on Temple Street in Portland.