Top 20 Experiences in portland
Old Port Culinary Walking Tour from Portland
- Portland's culinary culture is made up of many kinds of artisan food and beverage entrepreneurs from bakers, brewers and chefs to confectioners and more - wherever taste and creativity meet! - We combine a unique combination of social history, culinary education, the stories of talented entrepreneurs and current award-winning food scene narrated by friendly and engaging local guides - This tour visits 5-6 venues where you will enjoy a mix of Maine/Maine-inspired cultural, up-and-coming, and trending fare, plenty for lunch with a sweet treat to cap it off.
Downtown Portland, Maine City and Lighthouse Tour-2.5 hour Land Tour
This tour is for the Lighthouse Lovers!!! Unfortunately in Maine, we cannot go into the lighthouses, except 1 day in the year. This tour is visiting the lighthouse grounds with epic photo stops!! Whether this is your first visit or you've lived in Portland for years, you’ll explore the Greater Portland area from a new perspective. Travel through downtown Portland with a local lobsterman and hear about the working waterfront, commercial fishing industry and more! Next, visit 3 lighthouses and spend about 40 minutes walking around and taking pictures at historic Portland Head Light. 2 more photo stops are included on the tour at Spring Point Head Light and Bug Light. Transportation provided in a temperature controlled 12 passenger Ford Transit. Your guide provides tips for dining and activities during your stay in Portland, Maine. Call us directly for information on booking a custom or charter service tour!
The Real Portland Tour: City and 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Welcome to my hometown! Hop aboard for an authentic 90 minute sightseeing tour of Portland and 3 lighthouses with an experienced guide who is a real local, born and raised in Portland, ME. Get an insider’s look at the current happenings and rich history of my hometown. We’ll go where other tours go, and then I'll take you places other tours don't - you'll see hidden gems and learn little known facts about Portland and the great state of Maine that only a real local knows! As a college librarian I'm always researching the hidden history of Portland, while at the same time keeping on top of what's new in town and visiting as many local establishments that I can. I take pride in representing this city, and providing an informative and entertaining tour, delivered with a true Mainer's sense of humor. This is The Real Portland Tour! Check my website for a complete listing of tour days, times, and availability.
Acadia National Park and Camden Private Day Trip from Portland
Climb aboard for a road trip through The Vacationland State’s best scenery! You will see ; lighthouses, coastal villages, and more. Limited Time Tours, this personalized private tour you will have your own driver, photographer and tour guide. Passengers from Portland will see Portland Head Lighthouse and passengers from Bangor will see Bass Harbor Light.
Portland Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay
What better way to see the delights of Portland than from the sea in one of the famous schooner tall ships. Join us for this mid morning cruise that will make your visit to Portland live long in the memory.
Vintage Fire Truck Sightseeing Tour of Portland Maine
This 50-minute sightseeing tour is a fun and unique way to discover Portland, Maine. Board a Vintage Fire Engine and travel back in time as your knowledgeable guide helps relive Portland’s colorful history from a local’s perspective. See lighthouses, Civil War forts, city parks and buildings, interesting stories and a multimedia experience packed with historic images of Maine. This is one family-friendly tour you should not miss out on!
Lighthouse Bicycle Tour from South Portland-Three Hours and Four Lighthouses!
Our 3-Hour tour leaves at 11:30 am and follows the scenic South Portland Greenbelt Pathway to three local lighthouses. The first stop on the tour will be Portland Breakwater Light, also known as "Bug Light" and then the tour will continue to Spring Point Ledge Light, located near historic Fort Preble. Next, the tour will pass by Willard Beach before arriving at the final stop, the famous Portland Head Light located at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. It is recommended that patrons bring a lunch or we can assist in purchasing lunch from a local food truck that serves Lobster Rolls.
A Walk Through Time Tour in Portland
Curious about Portland's history with railroads, fires, wars, famous poets and Hollywood producers? Join us for a Walk Through Time! This tour begins on Commercial Street and continues for 2 hours through the historic Old Port, downtown and waterfront areas, sharing highlights of Portland's history since 1632. Some of the locations we may feature on your tour include; the lobster statue, the home of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow and his place of worship, the Eastern Cemetery, the Abyssinian Church, the U.S. Customs House and more. ***Tour duration is two "ish" hours, based on guest engagement and pace of the group. Planning on 2.5 hours for arriving early to check-in and make it back to your vehicle post tour is recommended.
Old Port "Seafood Lovers" Walking Lunch Tour in Portland, Maine
Learn about Maine's most famous crustacean and the men and women who make their living from trap to table. Stroll along Portland's vital working waterfront , view lobster boats often unloading their catch and visit Old Port and waterfront district destinations for a progressive, iconic Maine lunch. - This walking tour is appx. 1 - 1.5 miles visiting local favorites with plenty of food, and food for thought - lots of time for Q/A. - There's always a whole lobster roll, a New England clam or seafood chowder, local craft beer (or soda) plus a whoopie pie or other Maine sweet, and a surprise seafood taste or two along the way. This is our most “classic heritage” Maine experience with a bit of modern flare.
Salem, Kennebunkport, Kittery, and Portsmouth Private Day Tour
This private tour takes guest from the city of Portland, Maine to Salem, Massachusetts with a stops in Kennebunkport and Portsmouth NH along the way. The main highlight is a personalized tour of Salem with all the main attractions and then some, including exterior views of several of The Hocus Pocus film locations.
Donut Tasting Walking Tour: Portland’s Old Port
Portland, Maine has recently become known for its culinary scene, including amazing donuts. With this tour, you'll get to sample from the city's best donut shops, while also learning some of the cities storied history. Your tour guide will take you not only to the most famous of them all, The Holy Donut, to skip the line, but also to local favorites, that are no less delicious.
Oyster Farm & Tasting Sea Kayak Tour in Casco Bay
Tasting oysters just harvested from the ocean is significantly different and better than eating them at an oyster bar. Freshness counts! This is a sea kayaking tour that teaches you the basics of sea kayaking on land before launching at Mere Point in Brunswick to visit a working oyster farm in NW Casco Bay! After visiting the oyster farm, we'll stop on an island for a stretch break, tasting, and shoreline exploring. Learn about aquaculture in Maine and how it improves the health of the bays. Sea kayaking is an easy, fun way to sight see from the water. We often see different kinds of sea gulls, cormorants, black and mallard ducks, eider ducks, great blue herons, snowy egrets, osprey and bald eagles. If we are lucky, we will see a seal. Paddlers of all ages will love exploring Casco Bay in this protected, scenic, historic area! No experience is needed. Single and double kayaks are used on this eco-guided tour by a Master Maine Guide.
2 Hours | Portland Hidden Histories Walking Tour
Meet Portland and the people—of all backgrounds and identities—whose wit and grit have made her who she is today. Your locally-raised tour guide will captivate you with extraordinary, exciting, and surprising stories about the hardy folks who destroyed and rebuilt Portland time and again over 400 years while you stroll historic streets past spots you’ll surely want to come back to explore. We’ll see where Indigenous Wabanaki leaders made their earliest relationships with European colonizers and walk through the centuries in the historic Old Port and working waterfront. The Portland Hidden Histories Tour includes 2 hours of entertaining and enlightening narration over a 1.5-mile route through downtown Congress Street, the Old Port, and working waterfront along Commercial Street. Owner and guide, Dugan Murphy, takes guests to the most intriguing landmarks and presents an inclusive collection of hidden histories not included on other tours. TripAdvisor named him Portland's #1 guide!
5 Lighthouse Bike Tour with XL Lobster Roll
Discover Portland Maine and the shores of Casco Bay by bicycle! Join us for the 5 lighthouse bicycle tour of Portland, Maine featuring the Maine coast, lighthouses, and Portland’s history. We have made some modifications to the 5 Lighthouse tour in response to COVID-19. We have modified the tour to allow us not to have guests in our vehicles. As a result of this change, guests will begin biking from the Ocean Gateway and return to the Ocean Gateway by bicycle. Groups will generally see only 4 lighthouses (Bug Light, Spring Point, Portland Head Light, and Ram Island Ledge). Lunch will be provided by the award-winning "Bite into Maine" Food Truck
Two Hour Lighthouse Bicycle Tour from South Portland-Mellow
Our 2-Hour tour leaves at 9 am or 3 pm and follows the scenic South Portland Greenbelt Pathway to two local lighthouses. The first stop on the tour will be Portland Breakwater Light, also known as "Bug Light" and then the tour will continue to Spring Point Ledge Light, located near historic Fort Preble, before returning to the bike shop.
2 Hours | Portland Black History Walking Tour
Take a guided walk tracing the steps of the Black Portlanders who moved our city, state, and country closer to the ideals of freedom, democracy, opportunity, and equality. Maine’s earliest settlements couldn’t have existed without Black labor, skill, and insight—and since those first moments, Black Yankees have agitated and organized to resist indignity and realize power. You'll meet the people who founded Maine communities, overturned slavery statewide, drove our maritime industries, gained political influence, founded houses of worship, crossed color boundaries, and expanded Mainers’ rights in the modern era. The Portland Black History Tour includes 2 hours of entertaining and enlightening historical narration over a 1.5-mile route through the Old Port and East End neighborhood. Owner and guide, Dugan Murphy, dug through piles of research and historic documents to present an amazing constellation of stories left out of most tours. TripAdvisor named him Portland's #1 guide!
Guided Sunset Kayak Tour on Sebago Lake, Maine
This two-hour tour explores the water carved bends and twists of a meandering stream unveiling local wildlife in a rustic backdrop. This tour will continue on to Jordan Bay of Sebago Lake as you paddle alongside lakeside cottages, boats, and man made canals. Here, you will get a panoramic view of the sun as it sets behind the tall pine tree. Along the way the Registered Maine Guide will share in stories that will make the scene come alive! This outing requires not previous experience, and will be an easy and relaxed paddle.
Around The Peninsula Bike Tour
Discover the rich history and stunning architecture of the Portland peninsula. Only 3.5 miles long and 3/4 miles wide the Portland peninsula is packed full of food, history and culture. This 2.5-hour tour will show you the best of the peninsula.
Beerunch Brewery Bus Tour
If you feel it’s never too early to start drinking great local beer, then the Beerunch tour is designed for you! Hop on the bus with us and we will head to Bissell Brothers Brewing before they open their doors to the public for the day. We will be able to spend time in their impressive space and enjoy their well-known beers to learn about their journey to become one of the best-known breweries in New England. After a great start, we will travel over to East Bayside to Belleflower Brewing for another exclusive visit before the doors are opened to their thirsty fans. In a very short time, this company has chartered a course all their own by working directly with local farmers and foragers to produce some very memorable beers. Then it will be time to step inside Goodfire Brewing, a company that has also made its mark in a very beer-centric town. We will visit with their team and sip a variety of their beers that have all originated from their talented head brewer.
Ultimate Portland Self-Guided Driving GPS Audio Tour
Experience historic architecture, harbor views, and rich seaside culture with this driving tour of Portland, Maine! Cross the cobbled streets of Old Port, chock full of shops, restaurants, and bars, all complemented by the sparkling bay. Dive into the city’s long and embattled history at a church still sporting British cannonballs. See iconic Maine lighthouses and visit pristine beaches. Portland may be a small city, but it packs a big punch! Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and the app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, go to the Visit Portland Center to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience. No expiration — the tour is available from the minute you book until forever! This isn't an entrance ticket. Check opening hours before your visit.