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  • 1. Portland Museum of Art


    Maine's largest public art institution's collection includes fine seascapes and landscapes by Winslow Homer, John Marin, Andrew Wyeth, Edward...Read More

  • 2. Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine


    Kids can pretend they are lobstermen, veterinarians, shopkeepers, or actors in a play at Portland's small but fun Children's Museum. Most exhibits...Read More

  • 3. Eastern Promenade

    Historic District/Site

    Between the city's two promenades, this one, often overlooked by tourists, has by far the best view. Gracious Victorian homes, many now converted...Read More

  • 4. Harbor Fish Market


    A Portland favorite since 1968, this freshest-of-the-fresh seafood market ships lobsters and other Maine delectables almost anywhere in the...Read More

  • 5. Longfellow House and Garden


    The boyhood home of the famous American poet was the first brick house in Portland and the oldest building on the peninsula. It's particularly...Read More

  • 6. Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

    Information Center

    You can find out more about Maine lobster from the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. ...Read More

  • 7. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum


    Whether you're crazy about old trains or just want to see the sights from a different perspective, the railroad museum has an extensive collection...Read More

  • 8. Neal Dow Memorial


    The mansion, once a stop on the Underground Railroad, was the home of Civil War general Neal Dow, who became known as the "Father of Prohibition...Read More

  • 9. Portland Fish Exchange

    Fish Hatchery

    You may want to hold your nose as you take a dip into the Old Port's active fish business at the 20,000-square-foot Portland Fish Exchange....Read More

  • 10. Portland Observatory


    This octagonal observatory on Munjoy Hill was built in 1807 by Captain Lemuel Moody, a retired sea captain, as a maritime signal tower. Moody...Read More

  • 11. Tate House Museum


    Built astride rose-granite steps and a period herb garden overlooking the Stroudwater River on the outskirts of Portland, this magnificent 1755...Read More

  • 12. Two Fat Cats Bakery


    This bakery's whoopie pies are delicately proportioned, with a smooth and light marshmallow-cream filling, and a conservative selection of flavors...Read More

  • 13. Victoria Mansion


    Built between 1858 and 1860, this Italianate mansion is widely regarded as the most sumptuously ornamented dwelling of its period remaining...Read More

  • 14. Western Promenade


    A good place to start is at the head of the Western Promenade, which has benches and a nice view. From the Old Port, take Danforth Street all...Read More

  • 15. Portland Harbor Museum


    Immerse yourself in Portland's maritime history at this thoughtfully executed museum. An exhibit features Rosie the Riveter types, women who...Read More

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