Welcome to my hometown! Hop aboard for an authentic 90 minute sightseeing tour of Portland and 3 lighthouses with an experienced guide who is a real local, born and raised in Portland, ME. Get an insider’s look at the current happenings and rich history of my hometown. We’ll go where other tours go, and then I'll take you places other tours don't - you'll see hidden gems and learn little known facts about Portland and the great state of Maine that only a real local knows! As a college librarian I'm always researching the hidden history of Portland, while at the same time keeping on top of what's new in town and visiting as many local establishments that I can. I take pride in representing this city, and providing an informative and entertaining tour, delivered with a true Mainer's sense of humor.This is The Real Portland Tour!Check my website for a complete listing of tour days, times, and availability.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Commercial Street, Portland, MaineWe start at historic Commercial Street, the heart of Portland's working waterfront. See original cobblestone and brick that was laid in the 1850s.Pass By: United States Custom House, Portland, MaineSee one of the most beautiful granite buildings in all of Portland.Pass By: Fort Allen Park, MaineWe'll drive through Fort Allen Park and get a majestic view of Casco Bay and its Calendar Islands. Also get up close views of memorials from the Civil War, Spanish American War, and WWII located in the park.Pass By: Eastern Promenade, Portland, MaineYou'll see the Victorian era homes once owned by sea captains and merchants that line the Eastern Promenade, as well as Eastern Promenade Park which offers endless views of Casco Bay, islands, and forts. Pass By: Portland Observatory, Portland, MaineWe'll get a great view of the only remaining maritime signal tower in the U.S.Pass By: Eastern Cemetery, Portland, MaineHear about the legends and lore regarding the oldest cemetery in Portland, first established in 1668. Pass By: Congress Street, Portland, MaineOne of the busiest streets in all of Maine, we'll see Portland's eclectic downtown, Monument Square, and arts district.Pass By: The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, Portland, MaineThe neo-Gothic architecture of this cathedral built in 1869 dominates the skyline of Portland.Pass By: The First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist, Portland, MaineThis church is the oldest in Portland, and you'll learn about its rich history.Pass By: Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, MaineSee the home where Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow grew up and wrote his early poetry.Pass By: Arts District, Portland, MaineWe'll tour the center of downtown Portland, and its highly acclaimed Arts District.Pass By: Portland Museum of Art, Portland, MaineSee one of the finest art museums in New England, and learn about its exhibits.Pass By: One Longfellow Square, Portland, MaineSee the statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born in Portland in 1807.Pass By: Victoria Mansion, Portland, MaineGet an up close view of the Victoria Mansion, the finest example in the country of a 19th century Italianate brownstone.Pass By: Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, MaineWe enter one of the most beautiful parks in the state, Fort Williams Park, and drive to Portland Head Light (located in the park) where you will be let off to explore.Stop At: Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, MaineThis iconic lighthouse located within Fort Williams Park is the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Walk right up to the lighthouse, explore Fort Williams Park, and take in the views of Maine's rugged, rocky coastline.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Fort Preble, South Portland, MaineGet an up close view of Fort Preble (one of the oldest forts in Casco Bay) and learn about its storied history.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland, MaineGet out for a photo of Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, and its 900 foot long breakwater connecting it to the shore. Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Bug Light Park, South Portland, MaineEnjoy panoramic views of the Portland skyline from this beautiful park that sits directly across the bay from Portland.Pass By: Liberty Ship Memorial, South Portland, MaineGet an up close view of the Liberty Ship Memorial, and learn about the thousands of shipbuilders who worked here during WWII.Stop At: Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, South Portland, MaineGet a photo of Portland Breakwater Light (affectionately called "Bug Light" because of its small size). Duration: 5 minutesPass By: John Ford Statue, Portland, MaineGet an up close view of this statue dedicated to one of the most distinguished movie directors in history, and learn about his connections to his hometown of Portland.Pass By: Old Port, Portland, MaineSee the center of the bustling downtown/waterfront district known as the Old Port. Learn the history of this vibrant area of Portland that is home to countless eclectic shops, businesses, and world class restaurants and bars.