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Maine's largest city has capitalized on the gifts of its port history – the redbrick warehouse buildings, the Victorian shipbuilders' mansions, the narrow cobblestone streets – to become one of the hippest, most vibrant small cities in America. With a lively waterfront, excellent museums and galleries, abundant green space, and both a food culture and a brewing scene worthy of a town many times its size, it's worth... Read More

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$20 Tours & Sightseeing

Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Portland Maine Aboard a Vintage Fire Engine

Portland Fire Engine Co. operates a unique narrated sightseeing tour of Portland, Maine aboard a Vintage Fire Engine. We explore the peninsula of Portland and its many lighthouses and forts as well as the amazing architectural buildings hidden inside the cobble stoned streets that make up our wonderful city. The tour is a great way of reliving Portland’s past. Viewing the area while high up on the Fire Engine gives amazing views of Casco Bay as well as fantastic opportunities for photographs.The tours are approximately 50 minutes in length and are fully narrated by a very knowledgeable guide while displaying high resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society via our on-board multimedia system, which includes a large flat LED TV. Tours require a minimum of 4 passengers to run, with a maximum of 12 people per Engine. Larger groups/parties will be split up allowing time for shopping, eating, or just exploring the Old Port.

$65 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Portland Maine Suds and Spirits Tour

FridayOur first stop on the tour, Bissell Brothers, has a brand new location for their brewery at Thompson's Point. Peter and Noah Bissell, the eponymous Brothers, made a splash in late 2013 when they released their first full-production offering: The Substance Ale. Mainers and visitors alike have been clamoring for their hop-forward American ales, and this amazing new space will increase production by 40% to provide all of us with more Bissell beer.Next stop is Stroudwater Distillery, opened by beverage industry veteran Jeff Johnson at Thompson’s Point in July 2016. Here you will find a production facility, tasting room and space for private events. The distillery is located in a 5,000-square-foot space in the “Brick North” building of the sprawling former rail yard adjacent to the Stroudwater River. Stroudwater Distillery plans to make small-batch bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin on-site, and the location will also be a showcase for other premium brands.Our final stop is Austin St. The name of the Brewery references both the name of co-founder/head brewer Jake Austin and the street he once lived on. Austin Street is one of the breweries causing such a stir at Portland’s One Industrial Way warehouse complex. Bold beers are coming out of their new brewhouse, which is 10 times larger than the system they started with and ran for close to two years. We will learn about their range of beers, and will learn more about their plans for the future. SaturdayOur first stop is New England Distilling. Founder and head distiller Ned Wight comes from a family of whiskey makers and he’s brought their Maryland-style spirits north. We’ll learn about the distilling process while sipping on his citrusy Ingenium Gin, his barrel-aged Eight Bells Rum, and Maine’s first post-prohibition whiskey, Gunpowder Rye.Next up is Geary's, Maine’s oldest brewery resides in Riverside Industrial Park, surrounded by much younger players. But Geary’s recently opened a tasting room to accommodate visitors to the decades-old facility. See inside the space that kicked off Maine’s modern brewing revolution with the release of Geary’s Pale Ale in 1986.Our final stop is Austin St. The name of the Brewery references both the name of co-founder/head brewer Jake Austin and the street he once lived on. Austin Street is one of the breweries causing such a stir at Portland’s One Industrial Way warehouse complex. Bold beers are coming out of their new brewhouse, which is 10 times larger than the system they started with and ran for close to two years. We will learn about their range of beers, and will learn more about their plans for the future. Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.

$15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Architectural Tour of Tate House Museum

The historic Tate House was constructed for Captain George Tate and his family in 1755. A Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, Captain Tate was successful and his status in the community is reflected by the unique style of architecture he selected for his home. With its clapboards still unpainted, Tate House is one of two residences in Maine with an unusual subsumed dormer in the gambrel roof. As the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland that is open to the public, the impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds and herb gardens, and interesting architecture of Tate House offer an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine. Your experienced guide will bring you through the home from the depths of the cellar to the top of the attic. You'll learn about the "marriage marks" in the rafters of the attic, see the base of the home's well-proportioned chimney, and more. These tours last roughly an hour and a half and are conducted by request. The architectural tours are generally geared toward age 16 and up.

$12 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tate House Museum Admission and Tour

The historic Tate House was constructed for Captain George Tate and his family in 1755. The Tate family had arrived in the Colonies around 1750, while Tate served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, overseeing the cutting and shipping of white pines from Maine to England. This position assured Tate's success, and his status in the community is reflected by the style of architecture he selected for his home. With its clapboards still unpainted, Tate House is one of two residences in Maine with an unusual subsumed dormer in the gambrel roof. As the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland that is open to the public, the impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds, herb gardens, and unique architecture of the Tate House offer an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine.Hourly tours are led by experienced docents who will lead the way through one of the true gems of Maine's colonial history.

$350 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

Each charter includes a captain as well as a deckhand who will serve as your guide.  You will meet your guide at Bell Buoy Park, 72 Commercial Street, Portland ME.  This is adjacent to the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal.  Your guide will escort you down the ramp to the water taxi dock and assist you with boarding MONHEGAN, our vintage lobster boat.We will depart Portland Harbor and pass by Bug Light, Fort Gorges, Spring Point Ledge Light, and Fort Scammel as we make our way toward Portland Head Light. Your guide will point out these and other interesting sights as well as any wildlife we encounter.  If you wish, you can bring aboard food or beverages, and your guide will be happy to assist in serving.  MONHEGAN is stocked with glassware, plates, and utensils.  We provide a cooler with ice and bottled water on all charters.  Alcohol may be responsibly consumed by our guests of legal age. From Portland Head Light, your captain will navigate through some of the islands of Casco Bay.  You will watch Maine's rocky, tree-lined coast slip by as you relax on our deck chairs.  MONHEGAN is a very stable vessel, and she is outfitted with a retractable weather cover so your comfort aboard is assured.  As the sun gets low and bathes Casco Bay in golden light, your captain will round Great Diamond Island and turn into the setting sun for the final leg of your cruise.  You will be treated to views of Portland's skyline silhouetted by the setting sun.  Throughout the cruise, guests will find ample opportunities for photos.  Can you imagine a more perfect finish to your day in Maine?

$475 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Lighthouse Sightseeing Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

Each charter includes a captain as well as a deckhand who will serve as your guide.  You will meet your guide at Bell Buoy Park, 72 Commercial Street, Portland ME.  This is adjacent to the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal.  Your guide will escort you down the ramp to the water taxi dock and assist you with boarding MONHEGAN, our vintage lobster boat.You've undoubtedly seen Maine's lighthouses in pictures and on TV, but now you can view them from the water on your own private boat!  Commissioned by George Washington in 1787, Portland Head Light is Maine's oldest and arguably most iconic lighthouse.  On our way, we will pass by Bug Light, Spring Point Ledge Light, Fort Gorges & Fort Scammel.  Your guide will point out these and other interesting sights as well as any wildlife we encounter.  From Portland Head Light, your captain will navigate past Ram Island Light and then through some of Casco Bay's islands.  You will watch Maine's rocky, tree-lined coast slip by as you relax on our deck chairs.  MONHEGAN is a very stable vessel, and she is outfitted with a retractable weather cover so your comfort aboard is assured.  If you wish, you can bring aboard food or beverages, and your guide will be happy to assist in serving.  MONHEGAN is stocked with glassware, plates, and utensils.  We provide a cooler with ice and bottled water on all charters.  Alcohol may be responsibly consumed by our guests of legal age.  Your guide is happy to assist in serving. Throughout the cruise, guests will find ample opportunities for photos.  This is a fantastic way to see some of the best sights in the Portland area and will certainly be one of the highlights of your time in Maine.