Within Walking Distance
This quintessential New England seaport is yours to explore on cruises to Portland, Maine. Directly across from the Old Port is Commercial Street, a bustling avenue of shops and tempting eateries. Head up the hill on cobblestoned Moulton Street for more shopping, dining, and nightlife on Portland cruises. At the corner of Market and Fore streets are dozens of options to choose from.
Along the way, you’ll pass Portland’s elaborate U.S. Customs House, built in 1868 to accommodate Portland’s expansion as a center of seafaring trade. On Congress Street in the heart of downtown, be sure to swing by the Unitarian First Parish Church, erected in 1826, as well as Portland’s dome-topped City Hall, constructed in 1909. On the eastern end of Congress Street, the Portland Observatory rises 160 ft. above the city and has a bird’s-eye view of the city and Casco Bay.
To see how Portlanders lived a hundred years ago, stop in at the Victoria Mansion, rich in period detail and artifacts like gas-fueled chandeliers. Train buffs will love the Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, where you can purchase tickets for short train rides along Casco Bay. Portland’s oldest building, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, is a museum dedicated to one of America’s most famous 19th-century poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Beyond the Port Area
Portland’s 200-year-old lighthouses, Portland Head Light and Cape Elizabeth Light, are two of the state’s most famous landmarks. The keeper’s house next to Portland Head Light is now a museum. Bring takeout lobster rolls from the Old Port area to have a picnic here, overlooking the blue-gray swells of the bay.
Serious shoppers love the jaunt to the LL Bean’s signature store in Freeport—it’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For a high-altitude adventure, take the scenic drive through the White Mountains to Mt. Washington, where a cog railway chug-a-lugs passengers to the top of the highest perch in New England.
Dining In Portland
With fishing boats delivering fresh-caught seafood to the docks daily, Portland, Maine, is one of the world’s great places to eat fresh seafood. Just steps from your Portland, Maine cruise ship are local restaurants serving succulent lobster rolls, sweet Maine shrimp, hearty clam chowder, and fresh haddock. Perfectly steamed lobster is the house specialty at such waterfront eateries as DeMillo’s, Andy’s, Portland Lobster Co, and J.’s Oyster.