Greater Portland & Casco Bay

Maine’s largest city is easily reached from Portland International Jetport a few minutes from downtown, and by road from I-95, 1-295, U.S. Route 1, or Route 302 from the west. Portland is the terminal for Amtrak trains from Boston, and there is also a non-stop bus service from that city.

Early Spring

March & April

23° | 53°

Wear layers as temperatures vary. Welcome to “Mud Season”!

Late Spring

May & June

45° | 74°

Wear layers as temperatures vary. Things are warming up!

Early Summer

June & July

50° | 75°

Wear layers as temperatures vary.

Late Summer

August & September

51° | 78°

Enjoy!

Early Autumn

October

40° | 57°

Bring a sweater.

Late Autumn

November & Early December

31° | 45°

Bring a sweater, coat & hat. Snow likely.

Early Winter

Late December & January

19° | 30°

Dress for snow!

Late Winter

February & March

15° | 40°

Bring a sweater. Snow is likely.

Fine views of Portland and its surrounds can be had from the restored 1807 Portland Observatory maritime signal tower at the top of Munjoy Hill on Congress Street. As Maine’s major port for shipping goods worldwide, Portland has long been important to the state’s economy. The Portland Fish Exchange commercial auction facility is here. Maine’s Constitution was drafted in the city’s oldest house of worship, the First Parish Church, and many historic homes on show are still complete with much of their original furniture and furnishings.

Shoppers throng the Old Port Area’s tree-lined cobblestone streets. The arts are important to Portland which has the long-established Portland Museum of Art, the Maine College of Art in what was once a department store, plus dozens of galleries. Portland’s Symphony Orchestra and theater and dance groups are active at several venues, and Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center hosts sports, exhibitions and entertainment. Museums include the Children’s Museum, the Museum of African Tribal Art, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, and the Portland Fire Museum tells how the city has survived its three major conflagrations.

For outdoor fans there’s Hadlock Field’s sports, plus parks and green spaces abound. Golf at various courses in Portland, South Portland, on Chebeague Island since 1923, in Gorham and Scarborough. Portland still has a working harbor from which excursion boat trips show whales, seals and bird life close up and demonstrate how lobsters are caught. Casco Bay Lines, dating from 1845, is the oldest continuously operating ferry company in the U.S.

Shoppers revel in South Portland’s Maine Mall and nearby Freeport’s many factory outlets; while in Freeport visit Wolfe’s Neck Farm and the Desert of Maine.

Featured Events

  • Makers on Main

    May 1 - September 30

    Makers on Main. First Saturdays, 10am – 4pm. May thru September New England Makers pop-up along Main Street to offer a delightful array of artwork and crafts for sale. visitfreeport.com

  • Portland Schoonerfest & Regatta

    June 1 - June 30

    Portland Schoonerfest & Regatta. Featuring 7 large, traditional schooners racing and parading under sail together in Portland Harbor. sailingshipsmaine.org

  • Make Music Portland

    June 1 - June 21

    Date/Time TBA Make Music Portland is a day-long, totally free musical event, aimed at bringing local performers into the spotlight. Along with hundreds of cities around the world, every year

    Various Locations

Recommended Area Businesses

29 Elm St, Gorham ME 04038
(207) 839-2337

 Dine / Greater Portland

86 Newbury St., Portland, Maine
1800

 Dine / Greater Portland

20 Gilsland Farm Road Falmouth, Maine 04105
(207) 781-2330

 Play / Greater Portland

20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-4653

 Dine / Greater Portland

125 Western Ave, South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 871-7000

 Dine / Greater Portland

660 Barnstable Rd, Hyannis, ME 02601

 Stay / Greater Portland

3 Cabela Blvd, Scarborough, ME, 04074
(207) 289-6010

 Dine / Greater Portland

725 Broadway, South Portland ME
(207) 517-5551

 Dine / Greater Portland

540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME, United States, 04101
(207) 772-0300

 Dine / Greater Portland

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