Official Tourism Site for the Greater Portland Region of Maine


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Official Tourism Site of Greater Portland Maine
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Water Travel

Direct Access to the Coastal City of Portland Maine

If you are arriving via cruise ship or ferry into Portland then you are in for a real treat!  Historic buildings, an outstanding physical setting on the coast of Maine, a wealth of big-city amenities, a vibrant arts district, traditional working waterfront and diverse retail and dining opportunities are all balanced with the ease and friendliness of a small town.



Bay Ferries - The CAT

Bay Ferries - The CAT

Bar Harbor
Ferry between Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in just 3.5 hours.


Bay Ferries - The CAT

Bar Harbor
Ferry between Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in just 3.5 hours.

Explore The Area After Departing

Both the Arts District and the Old Port are just minutes from the cruise terminal. The city is completely walk-able from one end to the other. Stroll with ease and see what you can discover.


In Portland's Art District one can experience all the cultural opportunities of any major metropolitan city but on a much more livable scale - The Portland Museum of Art, housing a permanent collection of paintings by Winslow Homer, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Picasso and other Masters; Merrill Auditorium; the Portland Symphony Orchestra; the award winning Children's Museum of Maine; and Portland Stage Company are all within a ten-minute walk. The city supports a vibrant community of visual and performing artists plus a changing array of exhibits, festivals, concerts and has become well known as an antique shoppers dream.


Portland's Old Port is one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country. Seamlessly connected to the waterfront, the Old Port is both working waterfront and a chic shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Just steps from the water, one can stroll the cobblestone streets and experience the quaint charm of this district. The boutique shopping, one-of-a-kind stores, restaurants serving Maine's famous lobster dishes or the latest nouveau cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife are all unparallel to any other New England city.


Each cruise line offers shore excursions while docked in the Port of Portland. Typically the shore excursion offerings are: 

Kennebunkport is a picturesque town approximately 40 minutes south of Portland. An historic fishing village which has become a popular seaside tourist destination with a quaint neighborhood of souvenir shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants, hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts. Claim to fame: President George Bush Sr.'s summer home.

Freeport is a beautiful coastal Maine village with over 200 upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, B&B's, hotels, great restaurants & casual cafes. Claim to fame: L.L. Bean headquarters. Looking for first rate shopping? Explore world-renowned outlets up and down the coast of Maine!


Just a 5-10 minute walk from your ship you'll find a wide variety of city and harbor tours for your enjoyment. These tours will provide you with history, sights, fun & laughter. Take a narrated tour of the city on a trolley and venture out to the Portland Head Light, sail on a historic schooner, venture out with a true Maine lobsterman, cruise through the harbor on one of our island ferries, or tour boats providing you insight of our rich maritime history.


Getting around Portland is incredibly easy. The city is very walk-able and you can experience all that it offers simply by strolling leisurely throughout the streets. 

Scoot Through Maine
Mobility Scooter rental provider. Reliable rental, drop off, and pickup of our electric mobility scooters. Conveniently located in Portland. Simply give them a call 207-650-1397, or reserve your scooter online.

Should you wish to explore outside of town and go North to Freeport or South to Kennebunkport on your own transportation is available. A cab would cost approximately $50 one way to Freeport. 

Rental Car
A rental car would be recommended if you wish to visit Kennebunkport.

City Transportation
The city's public transportation system is METRO.
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