Attractions

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 …
Lighthouse in Portland

Portland Head Light

Fort Williams Park, on Cape Elizabeth, has rolling lawns dotted with bunkers and gun emplacements. Within the park stands the beloved, and much-photographed, Portland Head Light, the oldest of Maine’s 52 functioning…
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…
Lighthouse in Portland

Portland Breakwater Light

Portland is graced by a handful of handsome lights, including the 1875 Portland Breakwater Light with its Corinthian columns. Dubbed the 'Bug Light' because of its tiny size, it sits in a small park in South Portlan…
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…
Historic Building in Portland

Portland Observatory

Built in 1807 atop Munjoy Hill, this seven-story brick tower was originally used to alert shipowners when their ships were heading for home. Now restored, the observatory has stunning panoramic views of Portland and…
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…
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…
Museum in Portland

Portland Science Center

A new venue for 'learning brought to life through entertainment,' the Science Center hosts visiting, international-standard exhibitions that have a firm family focus. Recent exhibitions have showcased the human body…
Museum in Portland

International Museum of Cryptozoology

Bigfoot, yetis, specter moose and other cryptids share the spotlight at this one-of-a-kind museum, in new premises west of the city center. Cryptids are animals thought by mainstream science to, er, not really exist…