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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.

Restaurant
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“Great food. 20 minute drive from our location into the Old Port area of Portland”
50 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Hosts over 140 stores, restaurants and theaters. Great place for a rainy day. ”
22 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
Bar
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“My neighborhood bar. It's cozy and funky (gets a little loud and wild on Friday and Saturday nights, otherwise it's pretty tame and good for conversing over a drink or playing cribbage). ”
41 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Right next to Casco Bay Lines this place has excellent pizza which you can eat while enjoying views of Casco Bay!”
48 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Amazing seafood in the heart of the Old Port. Reservations recommended. 35 minute drive from the cottage.”
52 locals recommend
Museum
“Make a day and visit this amazing city; the children's museum is a special treat.”
37 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is our date night restaurant. Its quiet and cozy and the food is just what you want on date night. ”
36 locals recommend
Park
“Deering Oaks is a beautiful place for a walk any time of the year. During the summer they host the Portland Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.”
47 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great place to try tons of different beers from near and far with a fun outdoor deck with corn hole. ”
53 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is great pizza and it’s 100 feet from our door. Good beer selection too and a terrific staff”
51 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Awesome space. Super chill with duck fat now. Get the farmhouse ale. That’s the one”
35 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Not your fathers bowling alley. Great place, super updated, AMAZING rooftop bar, and great food to go along with it.”
49 locals recommend
Café
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“Guy Fieri and DDD put this diner on the must visit at least once bucket list stop.”
38 locals recommend
Route
“Great to get a meal at the bar, people watch. Make a reservation for a sit down dinner. They fill up way in advance. ”
39 locals recommend
Bar
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“Extremely large selection of beers, especially local ones. Great food as well.”
36 locals recommend