Portland, Maine Attractions

Portland, Maine Attractions
The fresh air and proximity to natural attractions makes Maine an outdoor lover's paradise. Portland is the biggest city in Maine, and therefore most activities happen within a 15-mile radius. Whitewater rafting, deep sea fishing, golfing, sailing, mountain climbing and biking are only a few of the activities found in and around Portland. Historical walking tours are available by a docent or are self-led. Narrated trolley tours are also available seasonally.

Downeast Duck Adventures

This tour lasts for 65 minutes and is fully narrated. A driving tour around Portland with insight into the historical aspects of the city turns into a boat ride to see the sights from the water of Casco Bay. The Victoria Mansion, Arts District, Spring Point Lighthouse, and U.S. Customs House are only a few of the attractions you will see on this tour. All seating is first come, first served, but advance purchase of tickets is recommended as the tour gets very popular. About 43 people can fit onto one ride and the price varies depending on age.

Downeast Duck Adventures
177 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-3825
downeastducktours.com

Portland Observatory Museum

The observatory was built in 1807 and tourists have been enjoying the views from the top ever since. There are tours from May through October. From July-September, enjoy evening tours and the beautiful sunset. Many enjoy these tours, but the observatory is also open for small functions. There is a 48 person limit. The Observatory has not been in service since 1923, but has hosted scores of visitors since.

Portland Observatory Museum
93 High Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-5561
portlandlandmarks.org

Victoria Mansion

The Victoria Mansion is also known as the Morse-Libby house. It is one of the greatest remaining examples of pre-civil war American architecture. It is a 4-story brownstone house and its remarkable story does not end with its outward appearance. According to the New England Travel Planner website, 90 percent of its interior design and furniture have survived. It was built for Mr. Ruggles Sylvester Morse and and Mrs. Olive Ring Merrill Morse, who were big in the New Orleans hotel business. Only two families have lived in it and it is very much a preserved piece of history.

Victoria Mansion
109 Danforth Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-4841
victoriamansion.org

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