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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.

Bakery
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“Family-owned bakery offering a diverse array of daily breads & sweets, plus breakfast pastries. 14 min walk”
64 locals recommend
Museum
“Cool historic place with amazing views from the top. Climb up stone curved steps to each floor on the way to the top. ”
54 locals recommend
Beach
“An easily accessible beach with great views and within walking distance to Scratch Baking in South Portland for the best bagel you'll ever eat.”
51 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.”
65 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Eclectic restaurant serving small plates & cocktails in a rustic, brick-walled setting. One of my top 5 favorites. If you stay with us, do ask for a little seating tip that almost guarantees a table.”
60 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Popular Concert & Theater Venue in Portland, ME (check out website for current performances)”
45 locals recommend
Park
“The Eastern Promenade is accessible on foot or by bike via the Portland Trails network which goes around back cove. The Eastern Promenade is home to East End Beach (a rocky beach) and a large park set on a hill overlooking the ocean. A great place to fly kites, picinic or just relax and enjoy the view.”
41 locals recommend
Island
“Great place for a hike. It's about an hour walk/hike around the island with some great views.”
59 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Locally sourced Chinese dishes & dim sum in a unique space topped by an upstairs music & event hall.”
57 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Old school vibes where locals and hipster transplants coexist. I stand by the cocktails and food”
48 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Rising Tide is the anchor of the East Bayside brewery/tasting room scene. They have a great warehouse-style indoor area with bay doors that open up in the summer, and a large outdoor area with plenty of seating and outdoor games. ”
38 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Local donut shop specializing in delicious old fashioned style donuts. A huge local favorite.”
49 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“"Grounded in the belief that vital communities are activated by experimentation, conversation, and camaraderie, SPACE engages a wide audience with provocative arts programming and category-defying events. As a nexus for curious minds, we collaborate with original thinkers and invite the public to participate in the ongoing pursuit of adventurous ideas. From our versatile home at 534-538 Congress Street, we: ● Curate visual art exhibitions ● Showcase music ● Present film screenings ● Facilitate lectures and discussions ● Foster a platform for contemporary experimental performance ● Rent below-market studios to artists with active practices ● Oversee a statewide granting program for artist-led initiatives and projects ● Invite national artists to stay in Portland through our residency program ● Encourage conversations about issues of social justice ● Engage the public in community events and open forums ● Collaborate with other nonprofits, artist-run projects, and performing arts organizations"”
41 locals recommend
Park
“Cute little light house with a park next to it. Great place to sit and contemplate. ”
43 locals recommend
Route
“Breath-taking views and a busy little peninsula full of Portland Hipsters and families. A park setting with trails, a public beach, and lots of places to search for seaglass, also a scenic train rides available too”
60 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Hosts over 140 stores, restaurants and theaters. Great place for a rainy day. ”
22 locals recommend