Particularly during the summer months when the skies are blue and the weather is balmy, both locals and tourists alike can be seen strolling up and down the promenade. When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop – Old Port has a reputation for lively nightlife, and you’ll likely be surprised at how lively Portland can be after dark. If you happen to be in Portland during the second Sunday in June, you should definitely check out the Old Port Festival, which usually features a wacky stunt like making the world’s largest lobster roll.
Another area where Portland excels is in the arts – when you’re in town you should be sure to check out Congress Street, which is the center of the Arts District, and houses the Portland Museum of art, the Portland Stage Company, the Main Historical Society & Museum, the Maine College of art, the Children’s Museum of Maine, the SPACE gallery, the Merrill Auditorium, the Kotzchmar Memorial Organ, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. And these are only the largest galleries and museums in the area – there are many other smaller galleries and studios to explore!
While Portland is far from the biggest city in the United States, it still packs quite a punch for its size. Be sure to spend some time here the next time you come to Maine – even if you’ve come primarily for the nature, you should stay a while and check out the vibrant city life.