Top Choice Park in Portland

Fort Williams Park

Four miles southeast of Portland on Cape Elizabeth, 90-acre Fort Williams Park is worth visiting simply for the panoramas and picnic possibilities. Stroll around the ruins of the fort, a late-19th-century artillery …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Sabbathday Lake & Poland Spring

Maine Wildlife Park

Not quite a zoo but a great place to view native Maine wildlife, this park is a bucolic reserve with plenty of picnic tables, short walking trails, and animal enclosures. Residing here are various animals (30 specie…
Museum in Portland

Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine

Kids aged zero to 10 shriek and squeal as they haul traps aboard a replica lobster boat, milk a fake cow on a model farm, or monkey around on an indoor rock-climbing wall. The highlight of this ultra-interactive, up…
Museum in Portland

Museum of African Culture

It may be small, but New England's only African culture museum houses over 1500 pieces of art- and craft-works from the continent's sub-Saharan region, with a particularly impressive collection of ceremonial masks. …
Museum in Portland

Portland Museum of Art

Founded in 1882, this well-respected museum houses an outstanding collection of American artists. Maine artists, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth, are particularly well repres…
Historic Building in Portland

Victoria Mansion

This Italianate palace, whose exterior would work well in a Tim Burton movie, dates back to 1860. Inside, it's sumptuously decorated with rich furniture, frescoes, paintings, carpets, gilt and exotic woods and stone…
Historic Building in Portland

Longfellow House

The revered American poet Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow (1807–82) grew up in this Federal-style house, built in 1785 by his Revolutionary War–hero grandfather. The house has been impeccably restored to look as it did i…
Outdoors in Freeport

Desert of Maine

William Tuttle came to Freeport in 1797 to farm potatoes, but his deadly combination of clear-cutting and overgrazing caused enough erosion to expose the glacial desert hidden beneath the topsoil. The shifting dunes…
State Park in Freeport

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Just outside Freeport, this park has 5 miles of easy hiking trails, including a scenic shoreline walk that skirts Casco Bay. To reach the park, take Bow St and turn right on Wolfe's Neck Rd.
Landmark in Freeport


Geography boffins shouldn't miss a visit to the DeLorme cartographic company (now owned by Garmin) – its lofty office atrium is home to a giant rotating globe named Eartha. Eartha has a diameter of 41.5ft and has be…