The Real Portland Tour: City and 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Welcome to my hometown! Hop aboard for an authentic 90 minute sightseeing tour of Portland and 3 lighthouses with an experienced guide who is a real local, born and raised in Portland, ME.
Get an insider’s look at the current happenings and rich history of my hometown. We’ll go where other tours go, and then I'll take you places other tours don't - you'll see hidden gems and learn little known facts about Portland and the great state of Maine that only a real local knows!
As a college librarian I'm always researching the hidden history of Portland, while at the same time keeping on top of what's new in town and visiting as many local establishments that I can. I take pride in representing this city, and providing an informative and entertaining tour, delivered with a true Mainer's sense of humor.
This is The Real Portland Tour!
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per adult from
1 hour 45 minutes
What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Knowledgeable, entertaining guide with 20 years experience giving tours of his hometown of Portland.
What's excluded :
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Commercial Street, Portland, ME
We start at historic Commercial Street, the heart of Portland's working waterfront. See original cobblestone and brick that was laid in the 1850s.
Pass By: United States Custom House, 312 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4110
See one of the most beautiful granite buildings in all of Portland.
Pass By: Fort Allen Park, Maine
We'll drive through Fort Allen Park and get a majestic view of Casco Bay and its Calendar Islands. Also get up close views of memorials from the Civil War, Spanish American War, and WWII located in the park.
Pass By: Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland, ME 04101
You'll see the Victorian era homes once owned by sea captains and merchants that line the Eastern Promenade, as well as Eastern Promenade Park which offers endless views of Casco Bay, islands, and forts.
Pass By: Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
We'll get a great view of the only remaining maritime signal tower in the U.S.
Pass By: Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress St Mountfort St., Portland, ME 04101-3639
Hear about the legends and lore regarding the oldest cemetery in Portland, first established in 1668.
Pass By: Congress Street, Portland, ME
One of the busiest streets in all of Maine, we'll see Portland's eclectic downtown, Monument Square, and arts district.
Pass By: The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3638
The neo-Gothic architecture of this cathedral built in 1869 dominates the skyline of Portland.
Pass By: The First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3505
This church is the oldest in Portland, and you'll learn about its rich history.
Pass By: Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
See the home where Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow grew up and wrote his early poetry.
Pass By: Arts District, Congress Street, Portland, ME
We'll tour the center of downtown Portland, and its highly acclaimed Arts District.
Pass By: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland, ME 04101-1119
See one of the finest art museums in New England, and learn about its exhibits.
Pass By: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St, Portland, ME 04101-3701
See the statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born in Portland in 1807.
Pass By: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4504
Get an up close view of the Victoria Mansion, the finest example in the country of a 19th century Italianate brownstone.
Pass By: Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916
We enter one of the most beautiful parks in the state, Fort Williams Park, and drive to Portland Head Light (located in the park) where you will be let off to explore.
Stop At: Portland Head Light, 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916
This iconic lighthouse located within Fort Williams Park is the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Walk right up to the lighthouse, explore Fort Williams Park, and take in the views of Maine's rugged, rocky coastline.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Fort Preble, South Portland, ME
Get an up close view of Fort Preble (one of the oldest forts in Casco Bay) and learn about its storied history.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, 2 Fort Rd Southern Maine Community College Campus, South Portland, ME 04106-1611
Get out for a photo of Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, and its 900 foot long breakwater connecting it to the shore.
Duration: 5 minutes
Pass By: Bug Light Park, South Portland Greenbelt Pathway, South Portland, ME 04106
Enjoy panoramic views of the Portland skyline from this beautiful park that sits directly across the bay from Portland.
Pass By: Liberty Ship Memorial, Bug Light Park 0 Madison St, South Portland, ME 04106
Get an up close view of the Liberty Ship Memorial, and learn about the thousands of shipbuilders who worked here during WWII.
Stop At: Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Bug Light Park End of Madison Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106
Get a photo of Portland Breakwater Light (affectionately called "Bug Light" because of its small size).
Duration: 5 minutes
Pass By: John Ford Statue, Gorhams Corner, Portland, ME 04101
Get an up close view of this statue dedicated to one of the most distinguished movie directors in history, and learn about his connections to his hometown of Portland.
Pass By: Old Port, Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
See the center of the bustling downtown/waterfront district known as the Old Port. Learn the history of this vibrant area of Portland that is home to countless eclectic shops, businesses, and world class restaurants and bars.
Departure Point :96 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- All passengers are required to wear masks/face coverings for the entire tour within the vehicle. Even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still be required to wear a mask/face covering for the entire tour within the vehicle.
- Passengers are required to fill out an online form verifying that they will adhere to the mandatory state of Maine COVID-19 testing/quarantine requirements for out of state travelers. Travelers from NH and VT are exempt from the testing/quarantine requirements, but will still need to complete the online form. The Real Portland Tour will text/email the online form to customers before their tour. If the form is not completed, the customer’s booking will be cancelled and refunded.
- The tour vehicle is a high-roof, 15 passenger Ford Transit van. Ticket sales are currently limited to ensure each booking party can be seated in their own row.
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Passengers are required to wear face coverings/masks. Passengers must complete an online form verifying they will adhere to the mandatory state of Maine COVID-19 guidelines. The Real Portland Tour will email/text this form beforehand. Tickets currently limited to ensure each party has their own row.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.