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Portland, Maine

Portland offers a unique combination of Maine's rich history and its own vibrant culture. Local artisans offer their handiwork along the streets of the Arts District and the Old Port Exchange. Colourful boats line the shores of Casco Bay and wonderful freshly cooked seafood abounds in this charming seaside town.

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Portland, Maine

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

The Old Port Exchange is really the heart of the city centre of Portland. It's a collection of 19th-century brick buildings originally constructed to support the vast export and fishing industries. Today, this quaint, restored area houses speciality shops, restaurants and pubs.

Other Fun Things to Do

Visit the Victoria Mansion, one of America's most significant Victorian homes, dating back to 1858. The interior is all original, with antique furniture, carpets, ceramics and wall decorations.
19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was raised in the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in the centre of Portland. Tour his home and see an interesting collection of Maine's historical artefacts.
Discover Kennebunkport, a truly classic Maine village. See Victorian-style mansions built by sea captains and 19th-century merchants. Stroll the same quaint streets as famous resident, former President George Bush. Visit the centre of town, Dock Square, and immerse yourself in the fashionable boutiques, shops, galleries and small restaurants.
Shop 'til you drop in Freeport, home of the world-famous L.L. Bean® and over 100 other shops, from designer boutiques to unique Maine artisan shops.
Come and see the Portland Head Light lighthouse illuminate over 200 years of history. George Washington ordered its construction in 1787. Today, it is the most photographed lighthouse in North America, and deserves a snap in your photo album.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Portland has the most breweries per capita in the country. The seven breweries, all of which offer tours, include Allagash Brewing Co., Casco Bay Brewing Co., D.L. Geary Brewing Co., Gritty McDuff's, Shipyard Brewing Co., Sebago Brewing Co. and the Stone Coast Brewing Co. These local microbreweries cater to diverse tastes. Robust ales, light pilsners, creamy stouts and flavoured speciality beers are all produced here.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Portland, Maine


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 30.3° -0.94°
Average Low 11.4° -11.44°
Mean Temperature 21° -6.11°
Record High 64° 17.78°
Record Low -26° -32.22°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 3.5 in 8.89 cm

    Before You Visit

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