Portland, Maine Tourist Attractions

Portland, Maine Tourist Attractions
Portland, Maine, features a diverse landscape that includes a metropolitan area surrounded by forest-covered mountains and magnificent vistas of the harbor and Casco Bay. Tourist attractions include landmark lighthouses, area islands and historic buildings. After you spend a day enjoying the outdoors and historic edifices, dine at local restaurants that serve Maine lobster, the state's signature dish. DiMillo's Floating Restaurant prepares lobster and other seafood dishes while offering views of Portland Harbor.

Casco Bay Lines

Casco Bay Lines ferries passengers, vehicles and freight to Portland, Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Cliff Island and Chebeague Island. The line provides year-round scenic cruises and private charters for groups in Portland, Maine, including picnic, twilight, sunrise and noontime cruises. Noontime cruises feature Potts Harbor, Eagle Island, Haskell Island and Mackerel Cove. Island wildlife consists of sea birds, seals, deer and lobster. In addition to wildlife, the area boasts historic landmarks such as Victorian cottages, lighthouses and 14 unbridged islands. Cruises last up to 4 hours, depending on the option you choose.

Casco Bay Island Transit District
Ferry Terminal
56 Commercial St.
Portland, ME 04112
(207) 774-7871

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House

Located in downtown Portland, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House commemorates the life of poet Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow and his family. The building serves as the center for the Maine Historical Society, a clearinghouse for Maine history and education. The house is Maine's first house museum opened to the public. The parlor contains heirloom furnishings from the Longfellow family's collection. Longfellow Garden, situated behind the house, features a 1 1/2 acre landscaped colonial revival garden of greenery with a walking path. In 1926, the Longfellow Garden Club constructed the garden. The building provides tours and children's activities; group tours require advance reservations.

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822

Victoria Mansion (Morse-Libby House)

Built between 1858 and 1860, Victoria Mansion is the home of Ruggles Sylvester Morse and his wife. Morse constructed New Orleans luxury hotels. His hotel experience influenced the house's Italian villa style composition, verandas, carved windows and four-story tower. The interior features wall paintings, artwork and stained glass. The mansion was one of the first homes with hot and cold water fixtures, gas lighting and central heating. Tours focus on the history of the home. The mansion works with teachers, creating age-specific curriculum and scheduling tours.

Victoria Mansion
109 Danforth St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-4841

Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours

Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours provides excursions to areas in Portland and Casco Bay. These fun and educational tours consist of visits to landmark lighthouses, Eagle Island excursions and city sightseeing. The company offers individual tours to area sights or combinations of available expeditions. The Land and Sea Tour package consists of the Portland City Tour and the Lighthouse Lover's Cruise on Casco Bay. The package consists of city tours in the morning, lunch and shopping at Old Port and tours of the harbor in the afternoon.

Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours
Long Wharf
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-0808

Article Written By Cicely A. Richard

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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