Explore Portland's downtown, Old Port, and working waterfront on foot with your locally-raised guide. Hidden histories are revealed about folks and events left out of the mainstream history books.
About this activity
- Free cancellation
- Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
- Reserve now & pay later
- Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
- Covid-19 precautions
- Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
- Duration 2 hours
- Check availability to see starting times.
- Live tour guide
- Wheelchair accessible
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Meet your guide at the Post Office Park, on the corner of Middle and Exchange Streets in the heart of the Old Port. This is 0.5 miles (.8 km) from the cruise ship terminal. Tommy's Park is on the other side of Exchange Street. Your guide will be waiting amongst the big rocks in Post Office Park. He'll be carrying a Portland by the Foot sign. To find parking, give yourself plenty of time. The Temple Street Parking Garage (https://www.mhrmanagement.com/portland-maine-parking/temple-street-parking-garage) at 11 Temple Street is one block from where the tour starts. Street parking options are restricted to 2 hours or less, and the tour is 2 hours, so it is best to park in an official parking lot. Parking meters are free on Sundays.Open in Google Maps ⟶
What to bring
- Comfortable shoes
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Know before you go
- If you use a wheelchair, a walker, or are unsteady on your feet, you might experience mobility challenges on the tour as your traverse cobblestone streets, uneven brick sidewalks, and narrow pathways
- The tour normally descends a staircase of 17 steps; let your guide know if you need to avoid the staircase and he will reroute while seeing the same landmarks
- You will walk 1.5 miles and will only spend about 1/4 of the time in motion. The longest distance between tour stops is about 0.2 miles (a 4-minute walk)
- This tour takes place rain or shine
- A portion of every ticket sale will help fund the restoration of the Abyssinian Meeting House, Maine's oldest—and America's third-oldest—Black church
- There are no bathroom stops en route. There are public bathrooms at the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal (https://www.cascobaylines.com/about-us/parking-and-directions) on Commercial Street