5 Must-Do Indoor Activities in Maine

5 Must-Do Indoor Activities in Maine

What to Do in Maine When it Rains (or snows)

Indoor activities, cultural events, art + history

The climate can be unpredictable – even when you’re on vacation. If the weather in Greater Portland starts to turn this charming coastal city (and it’s surrounding areas) turns on a treasure trove of indoor delights waiting to be explored. From art exhibits that stir the soul to immersive classroom-style workshops, here are five must-do indoor activities to keep the action coming when the weather isn’t complying .

The Lincoln Hotel bar, Photo Credit: PGM Photography

Photo Credits (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): PGM Photography (1-2), Lauren Peters, Sea Bags

1. Art Extravaganza

Portland Museum of Art with Window View of City. Photo Credit: Capshore Photography

Step into a world of creativity in Portland’s art scene. Explore galleries with both bustling local art and world-renowned classics. Check something off your bucket-list by admiring the contemporary masterpieces on display. Find a new appreciation for local art when your admiring the local talent, and getting lost in thought-provoking exhibits. The Portland Museum of Art, with its diverse collection, is a cultural gem that offers a window into the heart of Maine’s artistic expression.

2. Culinary Adventure

VP 2023 Holiday Party Maine Oysters Co, Photo Credit: Lauren Peters at Visit Portland

Maine’s culinary scene seems to shines a it brighter when the weather brings you in from the cold. Warm-up with local fare farmed and fished from the region. Or get a hands-on learning experience by enrolling in a cooking or wine-tasting class. Unleash your inner chef as you prepare delectable dishes inspired by local seafood and farm-fresh produce.

3. Souvenir Treasure Hunt

The Vermont Flannel Company. Photo Credit: PGM Photography

Indulge in a unique form of retail therapy by embarking on a window shopping adventure at local boutiques. Portland, Maine, is a haven for one-of-a-kind shops, where you can admire artisanal crafts, handmade jewelry, and locally sourced goods. Stroll along the charming cobblestone streets and alleys, exploring boutiques that offer souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else. It’s the perfect way to bring a piece of Portland’s character back home with you.

4. Unleash Your Inner Artist

Terrarium. Photo Credit: Anna Sinnott

Unleash your artistic side by joining a craft workshop or visiting local artisans. Learn the art of pottery, jewelry-making, or painting, and create your own Maine-inspired masterpiece. You can also browse through craft boutiques to admire and purchase unique, handmade goods. Find everything from crafting your own Terrarium to hand-painting a work of art at Muse.

5. Theatrical Delights

Dancers Performing. Photo Provided by Maine State Ballet

Portland’s vibrant performing arts scene thrives indoors year-round. Check out the schedule for live theater performances, concerts, or ballet productions. Merrill Auditorium, State Theatre, and other world-class local productions offer a wide range of cultural performances that will transport you.

The vibrant indoor activities in Greater Portland provide a perfect escape. Whether you’re a lover of art, a culinary enthusiast, or a history buff, this charming coastal city has something to offer everyone within the cozy confines of its indoor treasures.

So, the next time you find yourself in Greater Portland and the weather forecast isn’t on your side, rest assured that this city’s indoor offerings are just as invigorating as its outdoor adventures. Embrace the warmth of its culture, creativity, and history, and let your indoor exploration be as memorable as any sunny day by the waterfront.

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