Things to Do in Portland, Maine

Discover Downtown Portland

True to its origins as an early New England coastal town, Portland, Maine brims with history and tradition, from the 19th century architecture to the cobblestone streets that line the town’s walkways. This connection to tradition hasn’t stopped the city from evolving into a thriving destination with an array of new things to do, however—lined with unique eateries, comedy clubs, and more, Old Port earns its reputation as a historical hub with more than a few new stories to tell.

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Old Port

Part historic New England waterfront, part modern nightlife and restaurant hub, Portland’s Old Port neighborhood is a treasure trove of hidden gems. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and explore the area’s rich history.

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Casco Bay Ferry Lines

56 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101

The Casco Bay Lines ferry system provides year-round passenger, freight, postal and vehicle service to the islands of Casco Bay from Portland, Maine.

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Merrill Auditorium

20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME 04101

From symphonic orchestras to lively, family-friendly circus performances, the Merrill Auditorium offers year-round entertainment.

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Shipyard Brewing

86 Newbury Street, Portland Maine

Founded in 1994, this family-owned brewery has been developing award-winning handcrafted ales and IPAs rooted in tradition and brimming with innovation for over 25 years.

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Cross Insurance Arena

Venue for concerts, comedy shows, family events, and live theater in Portland, Maine.

Immerse yourself in a world of entertainment at the renowned Cross Insurance Arena. From legendary performances by artists like Elton John and Kevin Hart to family-friendly spectacles like Disney On Ice and the Harlem Globetrotters, the arena offers diverse and unforgettable experiences. Beyond hosting global sensations, it proudly facilitates graduation ceremonies for local students and serves as home to the ECHL's Maine Mariners, a minor league affiliate of the Boston Bruins. The excitement extends to thrilling competitions like the MPA Class AA state championships, ensuring your stay is immersed in the perfect blend of luxury and entertainment.