5 BEST Things To Do in Portland Maine

Wander the Portland Museum of Art

This avant-garde museum is all about creative expression that’s one-of-a-kind, so you’re likely to find art in media and concepts that you’ve never seen before. The exhibits here change regularly but feature everyone from classical artists to contemporary, local painters and sculptors. 

Climb The Portland Observatory

Nautical buffs will enjoy a visit to the Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill. Built in 1807, the observatory is the last wooden signal tower in North America. It’s also one of the few structures that survived the Great Fire of 1866 that devastated much of the city. 

Explore the Lighthouses in the Area

No trip to Maine is complete without visiting an authentic Lighthouse, and Portland has many to choose from. Portland Head Light is one of the premier lighthouses in America and also one of the oldest, commissioned in 1791 by George Washington. 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

In a state full of natural beauty, it seems strange to go to man-made gardens. But, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are truly impressive, featuring more than 300 acres of stunning cultivated land. 

Crispy Gài

Crispy Gài is a Thai-inspired casual eatery in Portland Maine. This trendy restaurant has styled itself as an ally to marginalized communities and does a monthly donation as a gesture of goodwill. The menu features delicious dinner and brunch items influenced by the cuisine of Bangkok. 

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