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Cruises & Tours

Sample the Sights, Sounds & Tastes of Portland Maine – on Land or Water

Kayak trips and Maine brew tours, foodie tours and seal cruises, Cruises and Tours are the perfect way to experience the coastal and inland areas of Portland Maine. Greater Portland and Casco Bay is ideally suited for day trips and adventures. On foot, by rail, by boat, bike or car, the full spectrum of what Maine has to offer is mapped out for you.

Did you see that? Greater Portland's Must See List

If you cant see everything in Maine in one visit, consider some of these unique must-see experiences - and when you have more time, come back and visit more of Greater Portland's historical sites and natural landscape.

Da Boot

Long-standing symbol of national outdoor-gear retailer L.L.Bean, the Bean Boot is still stopping them dead in their tracks. At the flagship location in Freeport, a 16 foot tall replica of the iconic boot greets visitors at the store entrance.

Moose Sighting Guaranteed

He’s big - really big. And sweet - really sweet. Lenny, the world’s only life-sized chocolate moose, lives in his natural habitat at Len Libby Chocolatier in Scarborough. Weighing in at 1,700 pounds, Lenny may not satisfy your craving to see a real moose but the store will indulge your sweet tooth with quality handmade chocolates and candies.


Residing in Portland’s Merrill Auditorium at City Hall, the Kotzschmar Organ was a gift to the city by publishing magnate Cyrus Curtis and installed in 1912. Since then the impressive organ has been enlarged four times and boasts over 6,000 pipes.


In downtown Portland, two trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) murals startle and delight passersby. A building-sized blueprint covers one side of 40 Free Street, its edges rolling back to reveal the actual building underneath. And set back from the corner of Exchange and Middle Streets, a mural simulates the granite façade of the 1867 post office that once stood on the spot now occupied by Tommy’s Park.


You’ll marvel at the sheer size and fantastic engineering of Eartha, the world’s largest revolving and rotating globe, located at Maine’s cartographic company, DeLorme, in Yarmouth.


If you take a Casco Bay Ferry cruise down the bay, keep a lookout for Pocahontas (Echo Point) Light on Great Diamond Island’s eastern shore. The smallest lighthouse registered with the United States Coast Guard, it stands only six feet tall.


Heading north? Take a detour off Route 295 to see the 40-foot statue of Chief Passamaquoddy affectionately known by locals at the BFI for Big Freeport (or other word of your choice) Indian. Sporting a full-feathered headdress and holding a spear and shield, the BFI has been greeting visitors to Freeport for 45 years.


When you’re ready for a heady dose of nostalgia, stop on Marginal Way in Portland at the Miss Portland Diner, a true landmark business. The 1949 Miss Portland Diner, a prime example of the Worcester Lunch Car Company’s handcrafted diners with porcelain exteriors and hardwood interiors, was situated on Marginal Way in 1964 and preserved by Portland native Tom Manning in 2007. Enjoy breakfast all day and comfort foods in a retro diner where everything old is new again.


The only Camera Obscura in New England resides at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine in Portland. From the darkened interior of the museum’s top floor, explore the world of light and optics as the camera reveals one of the most amazing panoramic views of the city from a room without any windows.


Who is that man smoking a pipe with his leg casually flung across his knee immortalized in bronze at the intersection of Ford, Bank, York, Pleasant, and Danforth Streets in Portland (Gorhams Corner)? Perhaps Portland’s most famous son of Irish immigrants, the Hollywood filmmaker John Ford was one of eleven children and followed in the footsteps of his brother Francis to make a career in the film industry. Ford sits in his director’s chair surrounded by plaques detailing each of his six Oscar-winning films.


From the heart of Portland’s downtown business district, the flashing sign atop the Time & Temperature Building (477 Congress St) catches the eye of pedestrians and drivers alike, delivering both the time and temperature throughout the city. First installed in 1964 above the 14-storey structure, the sign also warns of parking bans and is used for business promotions and occasional celebratory messages.


One of the most unusual collections you’ll ever see is curated on Peaks Island by Nancy 3. Hoffman. The first and only Umbrella Cover Museum is dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. Umbrella covers on display hail from 44 countries and the museum holds a Guiness Book of World’s Record for the most umbrella covers - 730.

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