Explore this waterfront city by train or by sea.
Situated on Casco Bay, Portland is a city defined by its waterfront culture and historic charm. Ditch the traditional modes of transportation for tours that heighten these attributes. Whether you’re cruising along the bay waters by boat or pleasantly strolling down the coast on an antique train, you are guaranteed an exciting, informative and memorable excursion through the Portland area.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Tour
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum not only collects and preserves historic railroad equipment from Maine’s railroad heyday, but also operates antique railcars, offering the public rides along the shore of Casco Bay. Following the same route it did in 1864, the train takes passengers for a ride out 1.5 miles and back, providing visitors with a journey to Portland’s past while showcasing the beautiful views of its present, including the waterfront, the harbor and the Casco Bay Islands. Before or after the train ride, visitors can explore the museum, which houses old railroad cars and current restoration projects on old railroad artifacts.
IF YOU GO:
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum is within walking distance of the Old Port on Fore Street. Train rides operate May through October (and poses as the Polar Express November through December). Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for youth and free for children 3 and under.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum
58 Fore St., Portland
Casco Bay Lines Scenic Cruises
Off the Portland coast sit the Casco Bay Islands, originally nicknamed the Calendar Islands by Captain John Smith during his exploration of the Maine area. Smith claimed there were enough islands for each day of the year, but in fact, there are 220 islands in total, six of which can be seen or visited through Casco Bay Lines. Casco Bay Lines offers ferry and cruise services from Portland to the Casco Bay Islands year-round, seven days a week giving both visitors and residents a scenic tour of the bay area and a chance to explore some of the bay’s more popular islands. Among the favorite Casco Bay rides are the seven public scenic cruises. If you’re a night owl or enjoy a good sunset, try out the Sunset Run or Moonlight Run. If you prefer the calm of morning, Casco Bay Lines has a Sunrise ride for the early birds. If you simply enjoy a full day of cruising around on the open sea, Casco Bay Lines has that covered too, with an all-day ride to and from Bailey Island. No matter which cruise, each trip provides spectacular views of the Portland Harbor, the majestic Atlantic waters and, of course, the Casco Bay Islands.
IF YOU GO:
Casco Bay Lines serves six islands from Portland: Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Great Diamond Island, Long Island, Chebeague Island and Cliff Island. Ferries are available to the islands, and scenic cruise times range anywhere from 1 hour 45 minutes to more than 5 hours. Prices vary depending on the cruise.
Casco Bay Lines
56 Commercial St., Portland