Guided tour

Portland, Maine: Women’s History Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Portland by the Foot

Portland, Maine: Women’s History Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Portland by the Foot

From US$ 39 per person

Trace the steps of the women who saved and founded Portland's most treasured landmarks, ran the factories, and ran for office. Jaunt through the Arts District and West End on this guided walking tour.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Go back hundreds of years in time through the perspective of women's history
  • Get to know Portland while walking through the Arts District and West End
  • See the historic landmarks that stamp the courageous efforts made by women
  • Learn hidden stories of female figures and their palpable impact on the city
  • Stroll through by boutiques, museums, galleries, and eateries to return to
Full description

Get to know the historic women of Portland on this guided walking tour through the Arts District and West End. Stop at iconic landmarks and hear about the hidden past from a local guide. Learn about Portland's important women and their contribution to the city.

Your tour starts where Maine's first women's suffrage meeting was held. Stroll down Congress Street in Portland's Arts District. Visit the places where working-class women earned economic independence and wealthy female philanthropists saved landmarks and founded the city's most cherished museums.

In the West End neighborhood, you'll see 19th-century row houses and churches connected to significant woman-led political and social movements.

During your tour visit a woman-run underground railroad station and hear of the most daring escape from slavery it supported. Also, enjoy interactive storytelling about the Chinese laundress who won American mother of the year and the enslaved maid who abolished slavery in Maine.

Additionally, see the halls and meet the courageous women involved with Maine's multi-generational fight for women's suffrage. Conclude your tour at the headquarters of the movement's final campaign.

  • Walking tour
  • Guide
  • Printed historical images
  • Donation to the restoration of the Abyssinian Meeting House
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Portland's city hall facing Congress Street, at the head of Exchange Street. This is 0.6 miles from the cruise ship terminal. It is a grand building made of granite stone with a cupola on top. Your guide will be in the open plaza at the front steps holding a Portland by the Foot sign. The Elm Street Parking Garage ( at 21 Elm Street is right around the corner from where the tour starts. Street parking options are restricted to 2 hours or fewer. Meters are free on Sundays.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • Plan on walking brick sidewalks (sometimes a little narrow or uneven) and finding a seat in the shade every so often. This tour is 1.3 miles long and the longest distance between tour stops is about 0.2 miles (a 4-minute walk)
  • A portion of every ticket sale will help fund the restoration of the Abyssinian Meeting House, Maine's oldest, and America's third-oldest Black church

Product ID: 414912