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Best things to do in Portland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Boat or Ferry
“Take a ferry out to Peaks or one of the other Casco Bay Islands. They also have some sight seeing cruises as well. ”
62local recommendations
“Very popular Belgian-style beer maker with guided tours, plus a taproom & gift shop with rustic-industrial decor.”
45local recommendations
“Breath-taking views and a busy little peninsula full of Portland Hipsters and families. A park setting with trails, a public beach, and lots of places to search for seaglass, also a scenic train rides available too”
60local recommendations
“A great beach, scenic and quiet. Just across the bridge in South Portland, 10 minute drive. ”
50local recommendations
“The closest you can get to an old school French bakery in Portland. Everything is delicious- I love their morning buns. ”
64local recommendations
Music Venue
“These guys broker most of the mid-to-large name concerts in Portland at the State Theatre and Port City Music Hall plus additional outdoor events at Thompson’s Point, which is within walking distance.”
44local recommendations
“Great views of Hussey Sound, a beach (with bathrooms) and on the Portland Trails system—one mile walk into the Old Port from here. ”
40local recommendations
“Great tapas, small plates and cocktails. Innovative food that never disappoints. 20 minute walk or $5 Uber. ”
56local recommendations
Rock Club
“Amazing modern Chinese food with local Maine ingredients. My favorite thing on their menu are green beans and their hot and sour soup. ”
57local recommendations
Breakfast Spot
“One of our favorite restaurants! Same owners as The Corner Room, The Grill Room and Boone's. ”
47local recommendations
“In Falmouth, just above Portland. Beautiful small island (1.5 mile roundtrip). Great for adding nature to a Portland day trip. ”
55local recommendations
Art Gallery
“"Grounded in the belief that vital communities are activated by experimentation, conversation, and camaraderie, SPACE engages a wide audience with provocative arts programming and category-defying events. As a nexus for curious minds, we collaborate with original thinkers and invite the public to participate in the ongoing pursuit of adventurous ideas. From our versatile home at 534-538 Congress Street, we: ● Curate visual art exhibitions ● Showcase music ● Present film screenings ● Facilitate lectures and discussions ● Foster a platform for contemporary experimental performance ● Rent below-market studios to artists with active practices ● Oversee a statewide granting program for artist-led initiatives and projects ● Invite national artists to stay in Portland through our residency program ● Encourage conversations about issues of social justice ● Engage the public in community events and open forums ● Collaborate with other nonprofits, artist-run projects, and performing arts organizations"”
39local recommendations
Donut Shop
“Fantastic, best-in-town, donuts. They have 3 different locations and this on in smack in the middle of the old port. Lines can be long so going early is recommended. My favorite flavors are the dark chocolate sea salt and sweet potato ginger. ”
40local recommendations
“Another fantastic Portland brewery and tasting room. Try their coffee porter "Waypoint."”
37local recommendations
American Restaurant
“A super fun restaurant with a variety of vegan and carnivore specialties. Eating brunch out on their deck is highly recommended- make sure to try their bloody mary. ”
50local recommendations
“Get a great view of Portland's Old Port from this South Portland park, and walk out to the small lighthouse. ”
41local recommendations