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Portland Maine shore excursions show off the essence of the city’s rugged New England roots, its seafaring history, and its quiet vitality. The city that Longfellow called the “city by the sea,” has a history that dates back to the Algonquin Indians, and was settled officially on the shores of Casco Bay by the English in 1632. From that time forward, the history of the city has been tied to the sea. When your cruise ship docks at Portland, you’ll have an opportunity to explore those ties to the sea, and to the land as well.
Portland Maine cruise tours that offer both a land and sea experience are an excellent way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the area, and get to know the city’s history. On a drive through the city, you can step back in time as you explore landmarks like the Waterfront historic district, which has been preserved to be visually and historically as it was in the period from 1850 to 1875. View Federal and Victorian-style homes built and once inhabited by the city’s wealthiest families, often merchants and sea captains. Drive along the coast to Fort Williams Park, and see the Portland Head Light. When you snap photos of this iconic lighthouse, you’ll be adding to its reputation as the most photographed, painted, and visited lighthouse in New England. Board a legendary tall ship to cruise around Casco Bay with a seasoned crew, who are happy to share their sailing knowledge, and maybe let you hoist a sail.
Without a doubt, Portland’s a seafood town, and you can book Portland Maine shore excursions that will tantalize your taste buds and clue you in to why Bon Appetit magazine named Portland its 2018 City of the Year. From breakfast biscuits with blueberry jam to shucked oysters and a crafted brew, to multicultural street food and traditional lobster rolls, this city has it all. You can even visit an apple orchard for a hayride followed by a slice of heavenly homemade apple pie.
A trip to Kennebunkport is high on the list of popular Portland Maine shore excursions, and a guided coach tour will take you past the Bush family’s summer home and on to Dock Street to wander narrow streets and visit shops and galleries, or take a cruise tour and admire Walker’s Point and Goat Island Lighthouse as you sail along Maine’s rocky coastline.