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Old Port is without a doubt the beating heart of Portland. This downtown neighborhood is considered the city's center and bustles with things to do left and right, all the while gracefully maintaining its historical facade. The area is lined with cobblestone streets and 19th-century warehouses, and with the wharf just steps away on Commercial Street, the city's heydays as a world-renowned port town are easily felt. Tourists can benefit from ferries and cruise experiences as well as the delectable catches that dock there daily.

Away from the waterfront, travelers will find plenty of options to sustain and entertain. Some of the city's most popular restaurants can be found in Old Port. Duckfat, Fore Street and Eventide Oyster Co., some of Portland's best dining spots, are within a three-block radius of one another. Though dining and shopping is spread out through the neighborhood, Congress Street is a great starting point; restaurants, boutiques, local art galleries and theaters line this thoroughfare. The edge of the Old Port neighborhood is also considered the beginning of the Arts District, which houses plenty of notable attractions, including the Portland Museum of Art, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine and the Portland Stage Company, to name a few.

Recent visitors were charmed by the Old Port, loving the ornate architecture spread throughout the area, as well as the neighborhood's bustling atmosphere. The quality dining and shopping were other standouts for travelers and the walkability of Old Port was much appreciated, especially considering the high price for parking. You can find Old Port in downtown Portland. For more information, visit downtown Portland's website

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#1 Old Port Old Port is without a doubt the beating heart of Portland. This downtown neighborhood is considered the city's center and bustles with things to do left and right, all ... Read more » Corey Templeton / Flickr

#2 Casco Bay Islands Though beaches are few and far between in Portland, shorelines abound in the nearby Casco Bay Islands. The Casco Bay Islands are a group of islands located off the coast ... Read more » danlogan / Getty Images

#3 Brewery Tours Beer is to Portland is what lobster is to Maine. If you visit without sampling some brew, you're missing out. Portland is considered by experts to be one of ... Read more » Allagash Brewing / Flickr

#4 Portland Museum of Art For such a small city, Portland houses some pretty big names in its art museum. Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and Winslow Homer are among the icons showcased within the Portland ... Read more » Courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art

#5 Eastern Promenade Portland's waterfront is at its most picturesque at the Eastern Promenade. Beloved by locals, the Eastern Promenade is a 68-acre waterfront park located on a stretch of land separating ... Read more » Corey Templeton / Flickr

#6 Cape Elizabeth Along with the Casco Bay Islands, Cape Elizabeth is a nice daytrip option for those in search of rolling hills and beaches. The town is located about 9 miles south ... Read more » traveler1116 / Getty Images

#7 Victoria Mansion Architecture buffs and lovers of interior design will be swept up by the opulence of the Victoria Mansion. This National Historic Landmark was originally built in the mid-1800s as a ... Read more » Courtesy of Victoria Mansion

#8 Portland Observatory For some of the best views of the harbor, head to the historic Portland Observatory, the country's last standing maritime signal tower. Built in 1807, the octagonal, 86-foot high ... Read more » KenWiedemann / Getty Images

# Maine Food for Thought Tours Read more » Courtesy VisitPortland.com

# Wadsworth-Longfellow House Read more » Corey Templeton / Flickr

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Old Port is the city's center. Here, travelers will find a plethora of shops and some of the city's best dining options. It's also within walking distance of top attractions, including the Portland Museum of Art, Victoria Mansion and the ferries that transport visitors to the Casco Bay Islands.   Corey Templeton / Flickr

Maine beaches are easily accessible with the help of the nearby Casco Bay Islands. Visitors can use the Casco Bay Lines ferry service, which transports travelers to six of the islands from the Old Port in downtown Portland. danlogan / Getty Images

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Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and Winslow Homer are just a few of the greats whose works are housed in the Portland Museum of Art. Courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art

This waterfront near Old Port offers trails, sports courts, beaches and sweeping views of the bay. Some visitors recommend visiting Eastern Promenade at sunset or sunrise to witness the park's vistas reach their full potential.  Corey Templeton / Flickr

Located about 8 miles south of downtown Portland, Cape Elizabeth is home to Portland Head Light, one of the most recognized lighthouses in Maine. The area also boasts expansive beaches, including Crescent Beach, and miles of craggy Maine coastline. traveler1116 / Getty Images

The grand Victoria Mansion is considered to be one of the greatest examples of pre-Civil War grandeur. Expect to encounter gas light fixtures, ornate drapes and cherub-clad crown molds during your tour. Courtesy of Victoria Mansion

The Portland Observatory towers above the city on Munjoy Hill, offering spectacular views of Portland and its harbor. KenWiedemann / Getty Images

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