A beautiful day on the beach


It's hard to narrow down the many fantastic summer activities in Greater Portland to just ten!

1. Get out on the water. Take any one or more of a number of cruises offered by Casco Bay Lines, Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours, Lucky Catch Cruises, Maine Sailing Adventures, Nova Star Cruises, Odyssey Whale Watch & Nature Cruises or Portland Schooner Company. Tours range from a 90 minute circuit of the harbor and bay to a 3-hour mail boat run to the 6 hours Bailey Island tour or you can even take a full cruise to Nova Scotia on the Nova Star. You can catch lobsters with Lucky Catch or view whales, seals and/or dolphins with Odyssey. You can also enjoy a 2 hour sail in a vintage schooner from either of the sail or schooner companies. See Portland Harbor and Casco Bay at their best.

2. Attend a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game. Enjoy a summer afternoon or early evening with America's pastime. Kids will love Slugger, the Sea Dogs' popular mascot!

3. Take a trolley tour. Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours offers a 90 minute tour of downtown Portland with a brief stop at Portland Head Light.

4. Visit the summer art exhibits at the Portland Museum of Art or the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. Both museums have exciting exhibits year-round with a number of works by artists with Maine ties such as the Wyeths and Winslow Homer. These are great activities for the occasional rainy days.

5. Visit any one of the local beaches. Within minutes of Portland, you can find Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough Beach State Park, Higgins Beach, and Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, and Old Orchard Beach in the town of the same name.

6. Visit an Amusement Park. Both Funtown Splashtown in Saco and Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach are open all summer long with rides and activities for kids of all ages.

7. Tour a few of Maine's Lighthouses. There are several lighthouses within the greater Portland area that are accessibly by car. Spring Point Ledge Light and Portland Breakwater Light are both located in South Portland. Spring Point Ledge Light is open to visitors on weekends during the summer and Portland Breakwater Light (also known as Bug Light) is located in a park which used to house the Liberty Ships shipyard during WWII and has an interesting exhibit. Portland Head Light, one of the oldest continuously operating lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast, is located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. Pack a picnic lunch or pick up a deli sandwich and enjoy the view and the park. Continue to the outer ledges of Casco Bay with a stop at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth to see Cape Elizabeth Light (the second lighthouse in the park is now in private hands).

8. Enjoy a walking tour of Portland. Greater Portland Landmarks offers a guided architectural tour of the Old Port area (sign up at Tommy's Park), Maine Foodie Tours offers for a culinary view of Portland, and Wicked Walking Tours highlights Portland's ghostly past with evening strolls. Or simply strike out on your own with the downtown map from our Visitors Guide.

9. Stop by the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, a great rainy day activity for families or just a way to get a respite from the beach. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and programming.

10. Enjoy an evening concert. Many communities in the greater Portland area offer free outdoor concerts. Portland, South Portland, Scarborough and Freeport showcase a variety of bands of different musical genres in parks throughout the summer.
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