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Portland, Maine: Hidden Histories Guided Walking Tour

1. Portland, Maine: Hidden Histories Guided Walking Tour

Discover Portland's hidden histories on a guided walking tour of the Old Port, downtown, and the working waterfront. Marvel at images of the past and at the colorful storytelling your guide shares with you to make the past come alive. Hear stories only a local knows about the city's sights, streets, and buildings. Brick sidewalks beneath your feet and beautiful Victorian-era buildings nestled around you, on this tour you’ll casually stroll Portland’s lush, historic Old Port toward the sparkling waters of Casco Bay. Enjoy two hours to slow down and immerse yourself in the best Portland has to offer. End your tour in a waterfront park, about a 5-minute walk from where you started, surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, and other activity opportunities to continue your own discovery of the city. Entertainer-historian Dugan Murphy leads unforgettable jaunts through his hometown, telling an inclusive, empowering, and surprising constellation of tales you won't hear on other tours. Find out why Tripadvisor named him Portland's #1 tour guide!

Portland, Maine: Walking Tour Audio Guide

2. Portland, Maine: Walking Tour Audio Guide

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 3+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Portland in 1-2 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins outside the Visit Portland Center. Here, you'll get your first introduction to Portland's intriguing history, from its dual founding to its reconstruction following the Great Fire. Walking down the city streets, you'll learn about the Burning of Portland, the landmark United States Custom House, and the only newspaper published at sea! You'll delve into the fascinating tales of the Portland Rum Riot and the city's history of conflagration, then journey back to the times of the Underground Railroad and the life of Daniel Colesworthy, a key abolitionist voice in Portland. Stepping into the world of the Wabanaki people, you'll also gain insight into Portland's original inhabitants. The next stop is the beautifully preserved Victoria Mansion, a symbol of the city's architectural wealth. After that is the equally grand Cathedral Church of St. Luke. Stroll by the Augusta Hunt House, take a moment to admire the statue at One Longfellow Square, and learn about the struggle for Women's Suffrage in Maine. Then, pick up some trendy souvenirs in the vibrant Art District! At the Maine Historical Society, explore the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, a reminder of the city's literary heritage. After that, lounge in the beautiful Lincoln Park as you hear the thrilling tale of the Battle of Portland Harbor. Finally, you’ll pass by the University of Maine School of Law, a striking building with a lot of history. Your tour concludes here, back in Old Port where you began.

Smartphone Old Port Portland, ME Audio Walking Tour APP/GPS

3. Smartphone Old Port Portland, ME Audio Walking Tour APP/GPS

On this smartphone-guided adventure, you'll see Portland’s historic streets and discover its stories. Go at your own pace, anytime. The tour never expires. The tour is professionally produced with pro narration and music. It's location-aware walking step by step through the city. You’ll see the cobblestones streets, wharf street, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s home, stops on the underground railroad, city hall, exchange street, the lobster square, historic buildings, and the best spots to eat, including the best donut shop ever. Really, it’s that good. You'll hear the stories of Portland, Anna Kendrick’s favorite hangs, Longfellow’s history, stories of lighthouses, adventure, prohibition, bootleggers, the underground railroad, Japanese mailboxes, the revolution, colonial times, and much more.

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4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Excellent! Very well done and informative. It was great having a local who clearly loves his city guide and share his knowledge. Highly recommend!!!

He is very knowledgeable about the history of the downtown area and goes into depth about a lot of interesting things!

Well informed and was able to answer all questions. Easy to understand and aware of all walkers and their pace.

Our guide, Dugan was great! He didn't just give us facts, he spun a story of the history of Portland.

Knowledgeable and informative presented with humor