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Portland: Sunset Harbor Cruise in Casco Bay with Drinks

1. Portland: Sunset Harbor Cruise in Casco Bay with Drinks

Enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise around the islands of Portland's Casco Bay. Pass historic lighthouses, early-19th century forts, and quaint fishing piers as you explore the area at sunset. Guests over 21 can enjoy 2 craft beers or hard seltzers per person. As you cruise, keep an eye out for seabirds and the occasional seal that call Maine's coast home. When the timing's right, the boat will turn its bow towards Portland so you can enjoy the sunset and the city's skyline from the water.

Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour

2. Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour

Enjoy this experience that showcases the culinary culture of Portland, Maine comprised of talented food and beverage artisans, from bakers and brewers to confectioners, chefs, and more. Visit the spots the locals enjoy visiting on a daily basis. Join a friendly and engaging tour guide as they take you to several Old Port and neighboring artisanal shops, restaurants, and pubs where you’ll sample a delectable mix of classic Maine, Maine-inspired, up-and-coming, cultural, fancy foods, and beverages. You will have the opportunity to meet and greet culinary artisans along the way, learn what inspires them and how they got their start with a lively narration from your guide. Along the way, your guide will dish about the colorful, social, and culinary history unique to the “Port City” with lots of additional recommendations on how to dine and imbibe. You are sure to leave full of delicious food and local history. This experience actively works with gluten (not celiac), seafood, nut, and vegetarian dietary preferences and sensitivities to the best of our ability. Guests may pick and choose their participation for any further food issues. While tours vary, your foodie experience may include, fresh-picked lobster, from-scratch confections, locally-sourced temaki (raw fish) roll, Maine seafood “chowdah”, iconic Maine craft beer, Maine honeywine, and dark chocolate truffles made with Aroostook County potatoes.

Portland, Maine: 2-Hour Guided History Tour

3. Portland, Maine: 2-Hour Guided History Tour

Meet your local guide, a history lover who will bring the stories and facts from Portland’s past alive throughout the tour. Starting on Commercial Street, walk through the cobble stone streets of the historic Old Port, downtown, and waterfront areas.  Some of the locations that may be featured as part of the tour include the lobster statue, the home of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, the Eastern cemetery, the Abyssinian Church, and more. Your tour will finish on a sweet note with a local treat.

Portland: Brewery Bus Tour (Spirits, Beer, & Lunch Options)

4. Portland: Brewery Bus Tour (Spirits, Beer, & Lunch Options)

Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of brewery bus tour options of different breweries throughout greater Portland, Maine. Generous portions of alcohol products made at each different location are included, along with local snacks and an optional lunch. Portland, Maine, is known for beer. Find out how some of Portland's breweries, wineries, and distilleries are turning out a wide variety of amazing craft alcohol products. Transportation and reserved access at each location are included in every tour option. Best of Portland Brewery Tour (3 Hours)Stop selections may include Definitive Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory, Blue Lobster Urban Winery, Bunker Brewing, eighteen twenty wines, Hi-Fidelity Brewing, Hardshore Distilling, Maine Mead Works, and Banded Brewing. Casco Fiasco Brewery Tour (3 Hours 45 Minutes)Brewery visits include Sebago Brewing Co. and Lone Pine Brewing Co. in Gorham, along with Mast Landing Brewing Co. in Westbroo. A full lunch is also included with this option (vegetarian options available). Lunch options include pizza, sandwiches, and burgers. Beerunch Brewery Tour (3 Hours)Visit the famous Bissell Brothers Brewing before they open their doors to public, then travel to East Bayside to Belleflower Brewing for another exclusive visit before they open their doors to the public. The last stop is at Goodfire Brewing before being dropped off in downtown Portland, Maine. Drinks About Town Brewery and Spirits Tour (3.5 Hours)This afternoon tour explores different craft alcohol products made in the city of Portland. Start at Battery Steele Brewing Company for beer. Head over to Three of Strong Spirits for cocktails to learn what it takes to craft high-quality rum. Round off your tasting adventure with a visit to Après for flavorful hard seltzers and alcoholic apple ciders. Local Pour Tour (3 Hours)Enjoy local breweries just south of the city. The first stop is Nonesuch River Brewing in Scarborough. Next, visit Island Dog Brewing in South Portland. The last stop is Fore River Brewing. All tours end with drop-off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, a perfect place to pick something up to indulge in later in the night after exploring lively downtown Portland.

Portland: Old Port Seafood Lovers Tour

5. Portland: Old Port Seafood Lovers Tour

Explore Portland’s vibrant working waterfront to view lobster boats often unloading their catch, learn about the historic wharves and their relationship to the sea. Visit a mix of Old Port and waterfront district destinations, and sometimes a locale or two on the fringes, for a progressive lunch. Servings vary from dine-in and to go from restaurants, pubs, markets, and artisanal shops. Learn about the life of lobsters dwelling on the ocean floor and hear about how hardy lobstermen and women haul in their catch year-round, rain, snow, and shine.

Portland: Casco Bay Maine Oyster Cruise with Craft Beverages

6. Portland: Casco Bay Maine Oyster Cruise with Craft Beverages

Enjoy a cruise along the waters of Casco Bay and try some delicious local Maine seafood while relaxing aboard the boat. Enjoy a great introduction to world-class Maine seafood and sip craft drinks of your choice. Begin the tour at 2:30 at the Portland Beer Hub, located at 320 Fore Street, where you will choose from a wide selection of Maine craft beverages, including beers, ciders, and kombucha. Board a former navy launch boat now equipped with comfortable seating and embark on a tour of Casco Bay and its islands. See marine life, lighthouses, military forts, and more as we motor the calm waters. On board, you will learn about and taste oysters from 3 various harvesters in the area. Learn from the experienced guide while they shuck oysters aboard the boat as quickly as possible. Enjoy other seafood and snacks as well while on the tour. Disembark just one block from the starting point at 5:00 pm having enjoyed wonderful sights and culinary delights.

Portland, Maine: Old Port Tasting Tour of Local Breweries

7. Portland, Maine: Old Port Tasting Tour of Local Breweries

Spend the day walking, talking, and tasting your way through the historic city of Portland, Maine. Led by a local guide, this 2 or 3-hour walking tour takes you through the interesting history of the city's beer culture. From becoming the birthplace of Prohibition in 1851 to establishing the first craft brewery in all of New England in 1983, Portland has a riveting story to tell.  The three locations visited on each tour will vary based on the availability of staff. Stop selections may include Definitive Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory, Blue Lobster Urban Winery, Bunker Brewing, eighteen twenty wines, Hi-Fidelity Brewing, Hardshore Distilling, Maine Mead Works, and Banded Brewing. Experience the city that saw the first craft brewery to be established in all of New England, Geary Brewing Company in 1983. It welcomed Gritty McDuff’s in 1988 as they opened their doors in the Old Port to become the first brewpub in the state. It witnessed the dramatic rise of Shipyard Brewing Company in 1992 to be one of the county’s largest brewing enterprises that now spans well beyond the U.S. to shores far away.  Pass by one of the world’s only brewery-distillery-restaurants that was formed on Portland’s waterfront once Liquid Riot turned on their open sign in 20111. There are many other breweries in the neighborhood around Portland that are shaping their own history in the present day.

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What people are saying about Portland, Maine

The Harbor Cruise was the highlight of our visit to Portland. The views from the seaside of Casco Bay, the history & points of interest helped us plan the rest of our stay. The great crew and the sunset made the experience memorable! We highly recommend Harbor Sunset Cruise to anyone visiting Portland, Maine!

Really enjoyed all the sites and restaurants that we stopped at. The host Jason was fun and knowledgeable. It ended up being more food than I was expecting but that’s not a complaint

The Captain and first mate were great. The only thing I would recommend is they invest in a PA system to make it more interactive. Overall great experience.

Scott was great. He was friendly, very informative, and was a terrific guide. Don’t eat breakfast!!!! Lots of good! Thanks Scott!

Tour guide was great and very informative. Food was very good at every place we visited. Would recommend this tour.