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Portland: Best of Maine Lighthouse Scenic Cruise

Portland: Best of Maine Lighthouse Scenic Cruise

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the serene Casco Bay in Portland, Maine. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Portland and see the four iconic lighthouses, the sights of Portland Harbor, and the picturesque waterway Diamond Pass. During the cruise, explore the bustling inner harbor and main shipping channel to get close-up views of civil war era forts and the lighthouses that guide mariners into Portland Harbor. Along with the historical waterfront, you'll also get the chance to see the Portland Head Light, Bug Light, and the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse.

Portland: Trolley City Tour with Portland Head Light Stop

Portland: Trolley City Tour with Portland Head Light Stop

Enjoy a fully-narrated trolley tour of scenic and historic Portland and visit Maine’s oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light, during a 30-minute stop in Cape Elizabeth. Hop onboard a trolley and journey from city streets to the rocky coast. Cruise past landmarks such as the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Victoria Mansion, the Arts District, and the bustling Old Port. With forward-facing seats and big windows, you won't miss a thing. See as your guide points out the famous sites and hidden gems of Portland and shares interesting stories behind them. Upon arrival at Cape Elizabeth, along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, disembark for a 30-minute stop to explore the Portland Head Light on your own. Choose to walk around Maine's oldest lighthouse or visit the maritime museum inside.

Portland: Sightseeing Cruise to Portland Head Light

Portland: Sightseeing Cruise to Portland Head Light

Enjoy this fully narrated 60-minute scenic cruise through busy Casco Bay and its iconic islands to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats, seals, and seabirds. Take in the views of Portland's historical lighthouses, including a close up view of Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse. As you cruise along the Casco bay, keep an eye out for Spring Point Ledge Light, Portland Breakwater Light (Bug Light), Ram Island Ledge Light, Portland Head Light, Fort Scammel, Fort Gorges, and Portland Harbor.

Portland, Maine: Sightseeing Trolley Tour with a Guide

Portland, Maine: Sightseeing Trolley Tour with a Guide

Hop on this classic 1-hour trolley tour and explore the rich history and beautiful sights of Portland! On this fully narrated tour, you’ll learn about hundreds of years of history and pass some of Portland's most iconic landmarks. Weaving between Old Port, East Bayside, Downtown, and the Arts District, you’ll learn about places like The Portland Observatory, The Longfellow House, and Victoria Mansion. Once the tour is complete, you'll have a wealth of knowledge and recommendations for the city of Portland. Please arrive to the tour meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.

Portland: Casco Bay Sunset and Lighthouse Cruise

Portland: Casco Bay Sunset and Lighthouse Cruise

Meet at the Old Port in Portland, Maine and hop on board a boat that boasts ample outdoor deck space and indoor cabin space, ensuring your comfort no matter the weather. Feel free to purchase drinks at the well-stocked bar and have access to restroom during the trip. Expereince the salty air as you set out on the water in the warm glow of the evening light. Head into Casco Bay a scenic and ecologically rich area known for its beautiful islands, historical significance, and diverse marine life. Listen as your guide offers facinating insights into famous sights that you pass along the way. Navigate through island passages like Diamond Pass and around the Calendar Islands. Admire the lush islands, craggy rocks, and several Civil War forts. See a natural seal habitat and keep an eye out for graceful sea birds. Capture pictures of some scenic lighthouses that the area is known for as the sunsets and return to Portland as the city begins to light up for the night.

Portland, Maine: Tour in Vintage Fire Engine

Portland, Maine: Tour in Vintage Fire Engine

Enjoy seeing Portland in an unforgettable way. Hop on board a vintage fire truck with onboard multimedia system, including a large, flat-screen LED TV. Experience Portland in a unique and fun way with this local-led tour aboard a classic fire engine. Explore the city’s peninsula as you drive along the cobble-stoned streets. Enjoy great views of lighthouses, civil war forts, and the historic architecture that make up the wonderful Maine city. Enjoy a 50-minute tour narrated by local guides who love sharing their knowledge of Portland Maine. Get to know the vibrant neighborhoods of this city by the sea from high up on your truck.

Portland, Maine: Sunset Windjammer Cruise Along the Coast

Portland, Maine: Sunset Windjammer Cruise Along the Coast

Step onboard a historic schooner, some of which are over 100 years old, and set sail on Casco Bay in Portland, Maine. Help the boat crew hoist the sails or even get behind the wheel. Step into history aboard a locally-built wooden windjammer, with three of these vessels listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Experience the beauty of the rugged coastline, complete with a beautiful sunset, lighthouses, seals, and seabirds. Pack a meal, bring your favorite wine or beer, and sit back and relax as you slip through the pristine waters of Casco Bay.

Portland: Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay

Portland: Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay

Set sail on a two-hour cruise from Portland along the rugged coast of Casco Bay. Pack a meal and your favorite wine or beer, and sit back and relax as you slip through the peaceful waters of Maine. Enjoy views of lighthouses, seals, and other coastal wildlife aboard a famous schooner tall ship. Join the crew to hoist the sails or take a turn at the ship's wheel if you feel inspired. Whether you're nine years old or 99, sailing aboard a Maine schooner is a unique adventure. Learn more about the wooden windjammers which are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were built in Maine.

Portland: Self-Guided Sightseeing Driving Audio Tour

Portland: Self-Guided Sightseeing Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 10+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Portland in 1-2 hours. Travel through the neighborhoods of Portland on a self-guided driving tour. Learn about the city’s history and culture from an audio-guided app on your smartphone and get panoramic views from the Eastern Promenade.  Drive down Commercial Street and hear about the industrial beginnings of the city. Along the way, you’ll see the wonderfully preserved Victoria Mansion, dating back to 1858. That’s followed by the even older Danforth Inn, which goes all the way back to 1823. As you drive up the Western Promenade, you’ll hear about some famous folks who were laid to rest in Portland, including the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (a statue of whom you’ll see next, in Longfellow Square). Go to the Art District (perfect for picking up a souvenir), followed by a church that was once destroyed by the British.  Continue toward the shore, passing the site of an observatory that once guided ships into Portland’s occasionally treacherous harbor. Spot a couple of picturesque lighthouses perfect for any photo collection. Explore the Eastern Promenade, a 68-acre seaside park sporting plenty of unforgettable ocean views. You’ll see the strange and controversial “baked beans” building, before passing through Old Port again for a second chance to stop at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants and boutiques. Pass by a statue of Portland’s own John Ford. Cross the Casco Bay Bridge into South Portland, home to a quieter community than its buzzing northern neighbor. Finally, you’ll arrive at Fort Williams Park, full of beauty and history. The tour concludes here.

Portland: Sunset Lighthouse Cruise in Casco Bay with Drinks

Portland: Sunset Lighthouse Cruise in Casco Bay with Drinks

Enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise around the islands of Portland's Casco Bay. Pass historic lighthouses, early-19th century forts, and quaint fishing piers as you explore the area at sunset. Guests over 21 can enjoy 1 craft beer or hard seltzers per person. As you cruise, keep an eye out for seabirds and the occasional seal that call Maine's coast home. When the timing's right, the boat will turn its bow towards Portland so you can enjoy the sunset and the city's skyline from the water.

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