Things to Do in Portland Maine

Here in Maine for the Agents of Change Conference? Why not take advantage of all of the fun stuff Portland and the Old Port have to offer? 

Check out the list of things to do while you are in Portland below…

Portland Museum of Art 

Known as Maine’s largest and oldest public art institutions the museum was founded in 1882. Explore the museums collection of fine arts, with works from Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth. With more than 17000 objects of fine and decorative arts, the Portland Museum of Art is the largest collection of European art north of Boston. The museum is located on Congress st in the Arts district. 

Duck Tours 

If sightseeing is your thing a Duck Tour is for you. Travel through Portland’s historic Old Port while your tour guide narrates the many cool historical facts about Portland. Sights include the Victoria Mansion, Portland Observatory, DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Monument Square, Longfellow House and more. The bus travels from land to water, once in the water you’ll see some of Maine’s Historic Forts, Islands and get a great view of the city from Casco Bay. Tours are an hour long. 

Deep Sea Fishing 

Charter a boat and go offshore deep sea fishing for the day and catch some big fish! You may see some whales and possibly even catch a shark! No need to purchase a fishing license as long as you are on the boat you are covered. 

Maine Foodie Tours

Offering guided walking tours and trolley tours throughout Portland and Kennebunkport. This is a great way to explore some of Maine’s restaurants. Check out the Bikes and Brews tour! (Don’t worry: you bike before you drink!)

Brewery Tours

Maine Mead Works, Shipyard Brewing Co., and New England Distilling all offer tours and tastings. Check out their websites for a schedule and go try some of Maine’s fabulous beers.

Odyssey Whale Watch 

This cruise leaves Casco Bay and goes 20 miles out into whale feeding grounds. Be prepared to see Humpbacks, Finbacks, Minkes, North Atlantic White-sided Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Ocean Sunfish, Sea Turtles and more.

Shopping the Old Port

The Old Port is filled with great shopping. From clothing boutiques and jewelry to home goods and Great Maine Touristy stores check out with the Old Port has to offer. 

Maine Sailing Adventure 

Step aboard a 74 foot Maine Windjammer for a sailing adventure. This boat sails daily out of the Old Port. You can enjoy local brews and wines on your two hour trip. Make sure to pack a picnic and then just relax and enjoy the Maine landscape.

Casco Bay Cruise Lines

Casco Bay Ferries offer daily scheduled cruises out to Maine Islands in Casco Bay. Once there you can explore the islands, have lunch, bike, horseback ride and more. Check out the Islands and schedules at Casco Bay Lines.

Dine! Check out Portland’s Restaurants 

Check out our recent blog post highlighting 20 of Portland’s magnificent restaurants. 

Fellow Mainers – Did we miss anything? Share your favorite things to do in Portland in the comments section!

How to Maximize Your Networking at the Agents of Change Conference

Mike Bruny (Ambassador Bruny)

The date is September 14, 2012; you step into the Agents of Change Conference and there are people who only know you from the online world but can’t wait to meet you in person.  
Sounds like a dream?  It’s very well possible with a little bit of preparation.  I know you’re a busy professional so I’ll make it easy for you, just answer these 6 questions and you’ll be ready to becoming an Agent of Change (cape sold separately).
Grab a blank piece of paper or jump on a tool like Evernote or Google Doc to capture your answers and let’s get started.

Portland, Maine Hotels: Where Should I Stay For The Agents of Change Conference?

Looking for a hotel to stay at for the Agents of Change Digital Conference? From swanky to affordable we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of 10 hotels nearby!

1Portland Regency Hotel and Spa
20 Milk Street, Portland, ME 04101
Reservations: (800)727-3436 or (207)774-4200

A luxurious boutique hotel, located in the heart of the historic Old Port district on Portland’s restored waterfront. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa was originally constructed in 1895 as a home for Maine’s National Guard.

2.  Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
65 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine, 04101
Reservations: (207)780-0780

Located in the idyllic waterfront district, this hotel is ideal for any traveler, just a complimentary hotel shuttle away from PWM Jetport, and moment from Portland attractions. All guestrooms have data port and complimentary high speed wireless internet access.

3.  Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront
145 Fore Street · Portland, Maine 04101
Reservations: (207)761-1660

Portland, Maine’s only all suite hotel is located in the heart of the historic Old Port district.

4.  Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
209 Fore Street, Portland, Maine, 04101
Reservations: (207)775-1454

The Hampton Inn is one of Portland’s newer hotels, situated in the heart of the Old Port. Its rooms offer great views of Casco Bay and the hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, museums, shopping and more.

5.  Portland Harbor Hotel
468 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101
Reservations: (207)775-9090 or (888)798-9090

The Portland Harbor Hotel’s distinctive design and top-notch service have earned it the distinction of being an American Automobile Association (AAA) four-diamond hotel for the past six years; the only hotel to receive this honor in Portland.

6.  The West End Inn
146 Pine Street, Portland, ME 04101
Reservations: (800)338-1377

A sophisticated townhouse bed and breakfast nestled in the heart of Portland’s Western Promenade neighborhood.

7.  Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring St Portland, Maine 04101
Reservations: (207)775-2311

Portland’s Holiday Inn by The Bay is situated right in downtown Portland within walking distance to all attractions in the Old Port.

8.  Inn at St. John
939 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102
Reservations: (207)773-6481 or (800)636-9127

Built in 1897 The Inn at St. John in downtown Portland, Maine is the city’s oldest continuously operating historic Victorian Inn. This competitively priced pet friendly hotel is conveniently located in Portland’s West End.

9.  The Danforth
163 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine 04102
Reservations: (800)991-6557 or (207)879-8755

Nearly 2 centuries old this newly renovated small luxury inn exudes old-school charm. Situated in the historic Spring Street district all you need to do is step outdoors to wander the Old Port and explore its arts district, shops, bustling seaport, world-class restaurants, and lively cafés and coffeehouses.

10. Clarion Hotel Airport
1230 Congress St, Portland, ME, US, 04102
Reservations: (207) 774-5611

This affordable hotel is located very close to the University of Maine where Agents of Change will be taking place and just a short drive into Portland’s Old Port.

Do you have a favorite place you’ve stayed? Let us know, or add it to the comments below!