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Where to Stay in Portland, ME: Family travel tip - Stay in the downtown Portland so your family can easily walk to all the sites. There are several modern hotels right in downtown Portland with pools and parking lots. Book ahead as Portland fills up quick.
Outdoor Adventure in Portland, ME: Located right on Cosco Bay, there are tons of amazing tours you can take out on the water such as whale watching, sighseeing and lobstering.
Our family loved the Lucky Catch Tours Seal Watch & Lobstering Cruise. This cruise is a nice length for kids. Kids love being able to help catch the lobsters as well as sail past seal rock where they can get a very good view of the seals swimming or sunbathing.
Family Travel Tip - At the end of the cruise, the captain will sell you any of the lobsters you helped catch. My daughter was thrilled to reach in and grab her live lobster and then walk right off the boat and up the dock to The Portland Lobster Company where they cooked it up for her.
This lobster got tossed back because as you can see by all the eggs she is a breeding female. Everyone learns a lot on this tour.
Families will also enjoy taking the Casoc Bay Ferry Line out to Peaks Island. This quaint island has a little beach as well as some restaurants.
More Family Fun in Portland, ME:
Hop aboard the Portland Fire Engine Co. Tour and ride in style high up on a vintage firetruck around Portland. A good way to rest little legs, and parents will really enjoying hearing about the history of Portland on this about approximately hour long tour. Tours leave throughout the day from in front of The Portland Lobster Company.
Portland Children's Museum - lots of interactive fun for younger children. It is full of tons of great preschool activities that are fun and educational.
Downtown Portland Exploring - this town is full of lots of fun shops to explore and cobblestone streets to wander down.
Maine Lake District & Maine Southern Coast - Portland is an easy drive to the gorgeous and tranquil Maine lake district or the stunning Maine Coast.
Where to Eat in Portland, ME-
Duck Fats (downtown) - Good place for a snack! Order the french fries cooked in duck fat for the family. Parents can enjoy a local beer on tap while kids can enjoy a milkshake.
Portland Lobster Company (downtown) - super casual restaurant with outdoor seating looking out over the bay
Eventide Oyster Company (downtown) - this place is really geared towards adults, but the oysters looked so good from the window my husband just had to try it even though we'd just eaten dinner! My daughter hung out munching on the amazing homemade biscuits while my husband and I had the oysters and a few other small plate specials.
Flat Bread Company (downtown) - Everyone loves this amazing pizza place which uses super fresh ingredients
Fisherman's Grill - this place is about a 10 minute drive outside of downtown Portland and is known for its amazing lobster rolls. It can be a long wait and there is very little sitting, but it is worth it. If you have kids you, consider calling in your order ahead of time. 849 Forest Ave. 207-699-5657
Mount Dessert Island Ice Cream (downtown) - delicious ice cream with lots of very interesting flavors. I had a great sorbert here too.
Curly Cones of Maine - this place has the cutest ice cream we've ever seen. They put edible googlie eyes on the swirly ice cream. My daughter loved her cute dessert. I had myself a delicious pear sorbet. Definitely spot for family fun!
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