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The Port of Portland is the largest tonnage seaport in New England. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland. From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city – the largest in Maine – will enchant you. Saunter down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart’s content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the U.S. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city’s native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Land or sea is an option here, so if you’re tired of the street life, take one of the popular scenic cruises or whale watches, or hop on a ferry to the islands in Casco Bay. At the end of the day, and without kids in hand, unwind and rest your tired feet at one of the city’s brewpubs.
Narrated Sightseeing Tour aboard a Vintage Fire Engine: See what Portland has to offer on this unique sightseeing and shopping tour aboard a vintage fire engine. You can’t access a vehicle like this on your own! Enjoy an overview of Portland, from coastal scenery to historic sites, with live narration accompanied by high-resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society on an onboard multimedia system. You’ll also have enough time to explore the city’s cobblestone streets, shops, and restaurants. The tour explores the Portland Peninsula along Casco Bay, with its picturesque lighthouses, old harbors, and Civil War–era forts. As the tour continues, you’ll get live narration accompanied by high-resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society on an onboard multimedia system. If it’s particularly chilly or foggy, borrow a fireman’s coat. Back in Portland, continue past cobblestone streets and enjoy plenty of time to browse souvenir shops and dine.
Casco Bay Islands: Make sure you take the mail-boat tour of the islands during your stay in Portland. The coastline in Maine is beautiful – be sure your camera is charged and ready to go. Plenty of opportunity to see seals, and the ever-present lobster traps floating along the bay. You can take a mail boat trip around the Islands and one to Peaks Island only. While there rent a golf cart and drive around the island. It is spectacular! Chose a day that’s a little windy… on the Atlantic side of the Island the waves crash against the rocks. Tremendous scenery everywhere and just 15 minutes on the ferry from Portland.
Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine: Whether climbing a mountain, entering a bear’s den, role-playing crew members on a 40-foot schooner or manning a space shuttle, children will have a blast at this highly interactive museum. Most of the museum is geared to children aged one to 11, but young teens will like the computer lab and the camera exhibits. There’s also a play area just for toddlers.
Tate House Museum: Go back in time to Colonial Maine with a 1-hour tour of the historic Tate House Museum in Portland. Visit the 18th-century home and its grounds, where tours by knowledgeable local guides are given hourly. Explore some of Maine’s rich Colonial history with a tour of the Tate House Museum in Portland, built in 1755 for Captain George Tate and his family. Learn about the family’s arrival five years prior, and about Captain Tate’s job as a Senior Mast Agent (managing the felling and shipping of white pine trees to England) working for the British Royal Navy. Visit this fascinating piece of Maine’s history – the only pre-Revolutionary era house that is open to the public in Portland – with its beautiful period furniture and decorations. Explore the home’s grounds, also open to the public, which feature an herb garden.
Portland Observatory: In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of ships as far as 30 miles away. Today visitors can tour a museum focusing on the history of the watch tower and get a stunning bird’s-eye view of Portland and the harbor. It’s about a 30 minute, nice and interesting walk from the terminal to Portland Observatory. Climbing 103 steps to the top is not regrettable because once at the top you can observe and enjoy the magnificent and extraordinary views of Portland and Casco Bay. This 1807 signal tower is the only remaining wooden maritime signal tower in USA. It is closed during the winter months.
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Maine State Capital: Augusta
Augusta was once part of a larger settlement, called Hallowell, but split off to become its own town in 1797. Initially called Harrington, town officials requested that the name be changed to Augusta less than a year after the new town was founded. Apparently, Hallowell residents wouldn’t stop teasing the people of Harrington, calling the town “Herringtown” after the pungent fish. But while the rationale for Harrington’s name change is clear, the origins of Augusta are unknown: Some believe the city was named after a previous settlement, destroyed by Native Americans in the 18th century. Others think Augusta was named after Pamela Augusta Dearborn, the daughter of Revolutionary War officer Henry Dearborn. Still others think Augusta refers to Caesar Augustus, who founded the Roman Empire.
Maine State Museum: Amazing collection of Maine Memorabilia and a great view back on life in Maine prior to the tourist revolution! Do yourself a favor and go if you really want to see what Maine was like and what makes a ” Mainer “. You can spend a very enjoyable 3 hours at the Maine State Museum. There was something for everyone. Who knew Maine has made so many things! The displays are all so well done making you feel that you are transported back to that place in time. By the time you get to the end you certainly understand Maines history and her people. I thought we would never stay there that long, but we sure did and enjoyed every minute. I would very highly recommend this to anyone interested in history. Take your children and grandchildren so they can be taught the hard work and sacrifices that were made to make this state great!
Old Fort Western: Oldest fort in the country. Any repairs are done with historians and archaeologists that ensure period accuracy. Peter was an excellent tour guide and was engaging with interesting facts of what occurred during the French and Indian war. Fort Western is the oldest continuously operated wood fort in the US at more than 250 years old. Except that most of the fort was reconstructed in modern times and “continuously operated” includes its decades of use as tenement housing for Irish immigrants. Fort Western stood ready for conflict in the French and Indian War, but never actually saw any. It might be better described as a colonial trading post and a nice residence where Benedict Arnold spent a week on his way to Quebec. This fort from colonial times (1750’s) in upper Massachusetts (now the State of Maine) is a great place to learn something of the history of that period just before the Revolutionary War.
State Capitol: The Maine State Capitol building is definitely worth the stop! There is so much history in this building. We were able to walk around and go into the House of Representatives and Senate. Beautiful artwork and decor throughout, friendly staff. Gift shop is closed on Mondays. Also, on the property is a nice memorial to EMS, Police, and Firefighters. We highly recommend visiting this state capitol building. See the hall of flags and appreciate the history! Ascend the rotunda and take lots of cool pictures! Take the tunnel underground to the next building and visit the café.
Viles Arboretum: There is a wide variety of walking trails – through a marsh, through fields and through woods. Many of the species of trees, flowers, and bushes are heirloom and there are signs throughout the area with information about each. There are also many types of wildlife – birds, woodchucks, reptiles, squirrels. Trails are clearly marked and each season brings a different experience and different views.
Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine: This gem may be small, but packs a lot of information and exhibits in all of its available space. Despite the name, it does not focus only on the Jewish holocaust, but on all genocides past and present, and on prevention of future genocides. It focuses on education/presentations/exhibits on multiple issues of civil rights and its staff, mainly volunteer, are thoroughly knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to stop and teach. Most of their programs are free, or for donations only. Many are lunch and learn. Definitely a great place to take the family. (And leave a donation).
Sonny’s Museum: You are welcomed by the 90 year old plus owner Sonny. And it’s an experience — he makes you feel special and welcome the instant you come in and he’s got tales that’ll take you across space and time. And of course, an amazing huge collection of rocks — of all kinds — in jewelry and out — geodes and not, and on and on. Well worth a visit and if you don’t leave with a smile on your face and a warm feeling.
There are regular flights to Portland, Maine, which is about 50 miles from Augusta. Travelkatz will help you get all the particulars together for a beautiful vacation in and around Augusta, Maine. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
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