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Best things to do in Portland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“A wonderful small museum in the center of the city with a fabulous collection.”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Pristine oysters and shellfish, the famed Brown Butter Lobster Roll, and a James Beard Award-winning take on classic New England fare. Andrew Zimmern loves this place!”
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Lighthouse
“Beautiful views of Casco Bay and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. There are also a really good lobster roll truck parked there. ”
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New American Restaurant
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“Sit-down sandwich shop & cafe in the Old Port known for its Belgian-style fries & delicious milkshakes. Very trendy & guaranteed to be busy in the summertime.”
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Bakery
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“Scratch's yeasty sour-dough bagels are world-class and one-of-a-kind. Head to Scratch extra early for the best selection and continue on to Willard Beach or Bug light park to enjoy breakfast with a view.”
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Park
“Many walking trails, and old forts to go through with a small beach area and photo ops aplenty as this is on a rocky coastline with Portland Headlight as the main attraction. This park offers sledding in the winter time, concerts and a childrens garden. Open sunrise to sunset.”
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Pool Hall
“The old port is a quaint are of Portland with lots of shops, bars and restaurants ”
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Coffee Shop
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“Modern cafe in a converted 1960s gas station serving house-roasted coffees, pastries & sandwiches.”
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Breakfast Spot
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“Hot Suppa is a breakfast/brunch institution in Portland, that you should absolutely visit if you can. Waits for a table quickly get up to 45 minutes for breakfast on the weekends, so go extra early or on a weekday if you don't want to wait.”
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Restaurant
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“More traditional lobster and seafood, mostly outdoor seating and live music. Setting is on the dock can't beat it. ”
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Baseball Field
“20 minute ferry ride from Portland's waterfront. Bring a bike or your dog and walk or bike around the island. Island vibe is very relaxing. There are golf cart rentals as well. A few small restaurants and an ice cream store.”
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Bar
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“An excellent combination of fine local dining with a larger than average layout and a more relaxed vibe. We often take groups here. It's a bit easier to get in, but it's probably worth calling ahead if you're inclined.”
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Thai Restaurant
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“Late-night eatery & bar specializes in Thai street food, including meat & veggie skewers.”
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Supermarket
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“"Conventional" grocery store with large selection of natural and organic products. Good produce selection. Lobsters. Not the same as buying them on the waterfront but it's easy.”
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Boat or Ferry
“They offer many trips to the various islands off of Portland. Short 20 minute trips on the local mail boat or cruises at sunset, or other trips to various islands. Chebegue and Peaks island has restaurants and icecream shops to visit as well as beaches.”
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Brewery
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“A tour of Portland's Breweries is not complete without a trip to Allagash Brewing. Allagash is Portland's largest and one of it's oldest breweries, but don't think that makes it boring. Allagash is world-renowned for their Belgian White, but they offer dozens of other high quality, creative selections on tap and in bottles at their tasting room. Allagash Curieux, a Belgian Tripel aged in Bourbon barrels is a must-try.”
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