The Perfect Blend of the Present With A Very Special Past
Back coves and portholes. Ferries and festivals. Mansions and microbrews. It seems impossible that a single seaside city jutting into Casco Bay could offer so much. And yet, the entirety of the Greater Portland Region is a tribute to its diversity.
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Kids and adults alike will find activities ideal for thrill seekers from paddle boarding to fly fishing to zip lining and everything in between.
We know how much goes into capturing those perfect moments that live on long after you leave, here are some inspiring photo hot spots.
This western part of the state stretches from New Hampshire’s border to Sebago Lake and is home to the state’s highest peaks and year-round activities.
Portland Breakwater Light, sometimes referred to a Bug Light Park Lighthouse, stands as a living history, shielding Portland Harbor since 1855.
Chart Maine’s history through time from its deep maritime and transportation roots and see what family-friendly historical attractions await you on your visit.
Find a list of free things to do in the Greater Portland, Maine area including parks, beaches, self-guided tours, and free concerts and events.
There are many ways to spend your limited time in Portland, Maine. Cruise on Casco Bay, take a trolley tour, or just explore on your own.
Portland, Maine is the ideal central location while you’re visiting with easy access to nature, parks, landmarks, attractions, and islands.
The Southcoast of Maine is referred to as “The Beaches Region” of Maine for its miles of sandy beaches, pristine ocean, lighthouses and lobster shacks
Across Greater Portland we are bringing the fun with annual fairs, festivals, and exciting events all year long and for all ages.
Maine’s snowmobile trail system includes over 14,000 miles of trails, including 3,500 miles of primary trail known as the Interconnected Trail System.
Casco Bay Adventures
Portland boasts miles of tongue-hanging coastline where beach dogs can get their paws sandy and paddle around. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, area beaches offer extended beach hours with off-leash play at Portland’s Eastern Beach, South Portland’s Willard Beach, and many Scarborough beaches. During the busy summer season, many area beaches provide beach dog hours around sunrise and sunset. Be sure to follow the posted rules and only leave paw prints.
Portland Trails, a non-profit land trust, offers a vast network of over 70 miles of wooded trails, coastal paths and green space that you can sniff out with your dog. On a hot day, your dogs can dip their paws into a stream, river or the ocean, depending on the trail. PortlandTrails.org has an interactive map to help you pick your hike. The Eastern Promenade Trail can be accessed near Portland’s Ocean Gateway’s dog-friendly Visitor Center and delivers views towards Fort Gorges and access to Eastern Beach.
It’s all right here: great dining and shopping, hopping nightlife, outdoor recreation, historical and cultural attractions, and stunning natural beauty. Its small scale, accessible waterfront, fine architecture, and creative vibe have propelled Portland to the top of many national lists of best places to vacation. But you won’t have to give up the quintessential Maine coast to enjoy all that Greater Portland has to offer – islands, lighthouses, beaches, and surf crashing on the rocky shore are all in proximity of Portland’s vibrant, historic downtown. Portland, Maine Authentic – By Nature.