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The largest city in the Pine Tree State, Portland promises visitors a lot more than just lobster rolls. Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend time in the urban anchor of southern Maine’s rugged coast.
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Stroll the Old Port.
To find a sense of Portland past and present, head to the Old Port. Known for its idyllic cobblestone streets, the Old Port District is lined with 19th-century brick buildings and fishing piers, and visitors will find a large number of boutiques, bars, eateries, and more.
Hit the bay.
Casco Bay is another picturesque go-to for first time visitors and locals alike. There, visitors will find all sorts of opportunities for outdoor fun – everything from views of iconic lighthouses to marinas from which sailing fishing and cruise adventures are launched daily.
Catch a game.
Maine may not lay claim to an MLB team of its own, but that doesn’t mean spring and summer visitors can’t spend a day at the ballpark enjoying America’s Favorite Pastime. Look to Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs, a Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Check the schedule during your visit to see future big-leaguers cut their teeth in the minors.
Reward inquiring minds.
There’s much for the little ones to learn at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. The facility is home to a variety of educational displays and exhibits, welcoming kids with hands-on activities and interactive programs.
Check the schedule to find out when your family can be a part of special events like Science Spotlight and more.
Appreciate the arts.
The Arts are alive in Portland and the proof isn’t hard to find. The Portland Museum of Art boasts an extensive collection of works by artists like Winslow Homer.
And, on the first Friday of every month, galleries, venues, eateries, and more open up to showcase the works of local artists, musicians, and performers. Lace up your walking shoes and stroll the streets of the downtown area to take it all in – things usually get started around sunset.
See a show.
The 1,900-seat Merrill Auditorium, with its striking, classic architecture is a must-see in and of itself, and the theatre’s eclectic programming is all the more reason to make a visit. Not only does it serve as the home of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, but a wide variety of first-rate concerts and other live performances fill the calendar throughout the year.
Have a drink.
Should the East Coast summer get a little steamy, Portland offers plenty of places to cool off with a cold one. Allagash Brewing Company is a local staple, providing a long list of locally made brews in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
There are even tours offered seven days a week, giving hop heads a behind-the-scenes look at the carefully constructed brewing process.
Stretch your legs.
If you’re looking for a way to get out and get active on a balmy and breezy Portland day, check out the Eastern Promenade. The easternmost part of the East End neighborhood, the Promenade promises picturesque views, walking and running trails, and even a few places to drop a line and reel in a catch.