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Explore Portland Under 3 Hours

Have just a few hours in Portland and wondering what to see and do?

If you're wondering how to organize your day in Portland, we have proposed some options below of what you can try to see in those precious few hours.... obviously, if you have more time, you can see everything at a slower pace and enjoy our amazing dining and Old Port shops as well. Picture yourself here in Maine's Vacationland - watch this three minute must see & do video 

Cruise the Casco Bay

For those eager to witness playful seals and nesting osprey, sea tours and cruises created expressly for wildlife viewing are your best option.  Get a glimpse of two of Maine's iconic symbols - lighthouses and lobster boats. Take the popular duck tour which last about 50 minutes, put on some lobster gear and become a lobsterman for an an hour and a half - great for children, or sit back and relax with a 2 hour sightseeing sail or wine cruise.  Cruises & Boat Tours

Food, Beer & Wine Enthusiasts

Those interested in craft beer culture can do so by taking one of the city’s popular "brew” buses where knowledgeable guides provide the stops, and local breweries and distilleries provide the tastings and behind-the-scenes activity. Experience Portland's old world charm while getting a taste of what award-winning chefs and nationally recognized restaurants have to offer - the ultimate culinary adventure for both serious foodies and dabblers in foodie culture. You can find quick brewery and walking tours under an hour or longer more in-depth experiences that typically last 3 hours.  Breweries  /  Food & Wine Tours

City Tours

One of the most entertaining ways to get the inside scoop on the city’s legends and lore is on one of the city’s popular bus or trolley tours, where passengers wind through the Old Port, view the historic buildings and architectural treasures, and get a close-up view of the working waterfront, all while hearing interesting and fun tales of the city. Tours are generally 1 hour for Portland's city tours but you can also take an excursion to Freeport, Kennebunkport, and the scenic Maine coast.  City Tours

Explore on your own

Find a full list of tour schedules,  arts & entertainment, and museum exhibits that fit your schedule. On a budget or looking for something a large group can do and not break the bank... check out these fun free things to do. Do you like to visit a new food and wine festival each year? Plan your visit around one of Maine's annual festivals. It's hard to pick just one so we recommend visiting again!


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