Portland Maine is the biggest city in Maine. Just two hours north of Boston, it is worth a trip for anyone and everyone! The residents in Portland have a lot of state pride, and really love calling this place home. The food and beer scene is winning and the vibe is distinct. When you visit you can expect to see cobblestone streets, seagulls, working harbor full of fishing boats and sailors, handmade goods, and a hearty group of people. Portland is a great introduction to coastal Maine and would be a perfect addition to anyone's bucket list, if it's not on the list already.
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Things to Do:
Ft Williams Park and the Portland Head Light - This is, and should be, your first stop when visiting Portland. The iconic lighthouse, commissioned by George Washington, is overlooking the ocean and the casco bay. All the surrounding area has trails, forts, and epic ocean views.
East End Beach - If you have a dog with you, this is a great place to take your pup and walk and play along a calm sandy beach. The view is gorgeous!
Peaks Island - To really get the full experience of Portland you need to get out on the water, and in order to do that you MUST get out on a boat. The short ferry ride to Peaks Island is the perfect way to get your fill of that beautiful Portland sea. Rent a bike or golf cart and explore the whole island! The island has a few cute stores, including an ice cream shop... yum!
The Nickelodeon Theater -This spot is fun because its a non-renovated retro movie theater like you grew up going to. Tuesdays are just $5.
Places to Eat:
Portland Maine is a full blown foodie town. This could literally list dozens of restaurants - but these are tried-and-true places that are great for families...
The Portland Lobster Company: If you are walking around in town and want a very Maine-y feeling lunch, stop here and grab a lobster roll. There are also burgers if the kids are afraid of the local crustacean. Located right on the water!
Flatbread Pizza: Also along the waterfront, this pizza place has a wood-fire pizza oven in the same room as the dining. They also have stellar beers and great views.
Otto's Pizza: This is our favorite pizza in town so if you want double pizza, head here. (the pizza is amazing but the setting is cooler at Flatbread Pizza)
Bite Into Maine Food Truck: Our absolute favorite lobster roll is sold from a food truck. Typically its parked right in Ft Williams Park near the lighthouse so grab one while you are there!
Id be remiss if I didn't mention Eventide Oyster Co. It's not a great place for kids though. Perhaps a date night?
Looking for More?
Freeport and Bradbury Mountain Hike: Freeport is 20 or so min drive away from Portland and is home to the LL Bean Flagship store, open 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. Yup. There is also a ton of outlet shopping around. Close by is a short hike that will take you to the top of a mountain or hill (depending on your opinion of hiking) and you'll score a pretty sweet view.
Or you can just drive to Acadia and blow all this off because Acadia will rock your world.