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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.”
151 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“It’s great yes but too crowded and pressured for my liking. I prefer the place on Washington. But did I say it’s great. It is”
109 locals recommend
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. ”
72 locals recommend
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.”
57 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A short distance from the house in Willard Square and they do everything just right. Treat yourself!”
101 locals recommend
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.”
86 locals recommend
Pool Hall
“Great little section of Portland filled with chopping and terrific restaurants. 20 minute drive from our location”
95 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Modern cafe in a converted 1960s gas station serving house-roasted coffees, pastries & sandwiches.”
90 locals recommend
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.”
70 locals recommend
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. ”
63 locals recommend
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.”
88 locals recommend
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.”
71 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Late-night eatery & bar specializes in Thai street food, including meat & veggie skewers.”
76 locals recommend
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.”
28 locals recommend
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.”
69 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Within walking distance from the home and also several other breweries in the same area.”
53 locals recommend