Local Portland Attractions

A myriad of things to do in Portland, Maine

Portland is the largest city in Maine and its economic hub; the downtown area of the city is known for its lively artistic and cultural atmosphere, as well as a host of excellent restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Portland Regency Hotel & Spa is tucked right in the center of the downtown Old Port neighborhood, just moments from the waterfront and within walking distance of many of Portland’s top attractions. We’ve compiled a list of things to see, do, and experience while you’re here; don’t hesitate to ask us if you’d like more information.

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  • Whale watching distance:0.1 miles, 3-minute walkfrom hotel

    Whale Watching

    Odyssey Whale Watch provides educational tours of Casco Bay and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the magnificent whale population that lives within it. Deep-sea fishing excursions are also available.

    Odyssey Whale Watch provides educational tours of Casco Bay and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the magnificent whale population that lives within it. Deep-sea fishing excursions are also available.

  • Lucky Catch Lobster Cruises distance:0.1 miles, 3-minute walkfrom hotel

    Lucky Catch Lobster Cruise

    These 80-90 minute cruises give you a first-hand insight into the Maine lobstering experience. Tour the waters of Casco Bay, haul traps, and enjoy the scenery, while learning about the different types of lobsters and various conservation efforts.

    These 80-90 minute cruises give you a first-hand insight into the Maine lobstering experience. Tour the waters of Casco Bay, haul traps, and enjoy the scenery, while learning about the different types of lobsters and various conservation efforts.

  • Ferry ride to the Casco Bay Islands distance:0.2 miles, 4-minute walkfrom hotel

    Ferry Ride to Casco Bay Islands

    The Casco Bay Lines provide a wide variety of excellent scenic cruises, enabling you to enjoy the beauty of Portland’s natural surroundings. From sunrise trips to moonlight excursions, these cruises offer an interesting and informative look into the area and its history. Live music cruises are offered as well!

    The Casco Bay Lines provide a wide variety of excellent scenic cruises, enabling you to enjoy the beauty of Portland’s natural surroundings. From sunrise trips to moonlight excursions, these cruises offer an interesting and informative look into the area and its history. Live music cruises are offered as well!

  • Portland Symphony Orchestra distance:0.4 miles, 8-minute walkfrom hotel

    Portland Symphony Orchestra

    For over 90 years, the PSO has performed an array of concerts at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland; it’s widely regarded as one of the best small orchestras in the country. If you’re visiting Portland at Christmastime, you simply can’t miss the PSO’s popular “Magic of Christmas” concert.

    For over 90 years, the PSO has performed an array of concerts at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland; it’s widely regarded as one of the best small orchestras in the country. If you’re visiting Portland at Christmastime, you simply can’t miss the PSO’s popular “Magic of Christmas” concert.

  • The Victoria Mansion distance:0.6 miles, 12-minute walkfrom hotel

    The Victoria Mansion

    This National Historic Landmark was once the stately summer home of hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse; it was designed in a lavish Italianate style, with frescoes and elegant verandas. Since 1941, it has functioned as a museum with seasonal tours; it can also be rented for private events.

    This National Historic Landmark was once the stately summer home of hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse; it was designed in a lavish Italianate style, with frescoes and elegant verandas. Since 1941, it has functioned as a museum with seasonal tours; it can also be rented for private events.

  • Portland Museum of Art distance:0.6 miles, 11-minute walkfrom hotel

    Attractions at the portland regency maine USA

    Located in the center of the city’s downtown area, this museum houses an impressive collection of art and decorative items from the 18th century onward. Many of the world’s most famous artists, including Monet, Picasso, and Maine native Marsden Hartley, are represented here.

    Located in the center of the city’s downtown area, this museum houses an impressive collection of art and decorative items from the 18th century onward. Many of the world’s most famous artists, including Monet, Picasso, and Maine native Marsden Hartley, are represented here.

  • Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine distance:0.6 miles, 12-minute walk or 3-minute drivefrom hotel

    Portland Regency Hotel & Spa Exterior

    Kids of all ages can immerse themselves in the interactive exhibits and programs at this museum, which features permanent exhibitions on everything from car repair to animal care and space travel. The theatre offers award-winning child-led performances throughout the year.

    Kids of all ages can immerse themselves in the interactive exhibits and programs at this museum, which features permanent exhibitions on everything from car repair to animal care and space travel. The theatre offers award-winning child-led performances throughout the year.

  • Portland Observatory distance:0.8 miles, 14-minute walk or 4-minute drivefrom hotel

    Portland Observatory

    Measuring 86 feet high and shaped like a lighthouse, this historic maritime signal tower is the only one of its kind known to survive in the country. It was built in the early 19th century, and used both a telescope and signal flags to communicate with ships coming in to shore. Today, guided tours of the observatory are available in the warmer months.

    Measuring 86 feet high and shaped like a lighthouse, this historic maritime signal tower is the only one of its kind known to survive in the country. It was built in the early 19th century, and used both a telescope and signal flags to communicate with ships coming in to shore. Today, guided tours of the observatory are available in the warmer months.

  • Maine College of Art distance:0.6 miles, 11-minute walkfrom hotel

    Maine College of Art

    MECA is the oldest educational institution dedicated to the arts in the state. It provides undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education classes, as well as teacher training.

    MECA is the oldest educational institution dedicated to the arts in the state. It provides undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education classes, as well as teacher training.

  • Cross Insurance Arena distance:0.4 miles, 7-minute walkfrom hotel

    Hockey Game Cross Insurance Arena

    Formerly known as Cumberland County Civic Center, this arena hosts everything from sporting events to live music and concerts. It’s the current home of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL).

    Formerly known as Cumberland County Civic Center, this arena hosts everything from sporting events to live music and concerts. It’s the current home of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL).

  • The Maine Mall distance:5.5 miles, 12-minute drivefrom hotel

    Portland Regency Hotel & Spa Exterior

    Maine’s largest shopping mall measures well over a million square feet and features over 140 stores, including department stores such as The Sports Authority and Macy’s. It also contains a food court and a children’s play area.

    Maine’s largest shopping mall measures well over a million square feet and features over 140 stores, including department stores such as The Sports Authority and Macy’s. It also contains a food court and a children’s play area.

Lucky Catch Lobster Cruises

distance: 0.1 miles, 3-minute walk from hotel
Lucky Catch Lobster Cruise

These 80-90 minute cruises give you a first-hand insight into the Maine lobstering experience. Tour the waters of Casco Bay, haul traps, and enjoy the scenery, while learning about the different types of lobsters and various conservation efforts.

Whale watching

distance: 0.1 miles, 3-minute walk from hotel
Whale Watching

Odyssey Whale Watch provides educational tours of Casco Bay and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the magnificent whale population that lives within it. Deep-sea fishing excursions are also available.

Beer tours

distance: 0.2 miles, 3-minute walk from hotel
Maine Brew Bus Logo

The Maine Brew Bus is the perfect way to tour and discover local craft breweries, as well as distilleries and wineries. Since its inception in 2012, the “Green Bus” has become a familiar sight in the area; guests hop aboard for an informative trip to both new and well-established breweries, and can sample the producers’ wares without having to worry about driving.

Ferry ride to the Casco Bay Islands

distance: 0.2 miles, 4-minute walk from hotel
Ferry Ride to Casco Bay Islands

The Casco Bay Lines provide a wide variety of excellent scenic cruises, enabling you to enjoy the beauty of Portland’s natural surroundings. From sunrise trips to moonlight excursions, these cruises offer an interesting and informative look into the area and its history. Live music cruises are offered as well!

Portland Symphony Orchestra

distance: 0.4 miles, 8-minute walk from hotel
Portland Symphony Orchestra

For over 90 years, the PSO has performed an array of concerts at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland; it’s widely regarded as one of the best small orchestras in the country. If you’re visiting Portland at Christmastime, you simply can’t miss the PSO’s popular “Magic of Christmas” concert.

Cross Insurance Arena

distance: 0.4 miles, 7-minute walk from hotel
Hockey Game Cross Insurance Arena

Formerly known as Cumberland County Civic Center, this arena hosts everything from sporting events to live music and concerts. It’s the current home of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Maine College of Art

distance: 0.6 miles, 11-minute walk from hotel
Maine College of Art

MECA is the oldest educational institution dedicated to the arts in the state. It provides undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education classes, as well as teacher training.

The Victoria Mansion

distance: 0.6 miles, 12-minute walk from hotel
The Victoria Mansion

This National Historic Landmark was once the stately summer home of hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse; it was designed in a lavish Italianate style, with frescoes and elegant verandas. Since 1941, it has functioned as a museum with seasonal tours; it can also be rented for private events.

Portland Museum of Art

distance: 0.6 miles, 11-minute walk from hotel
Portland Museum of Art

Located in the center of the city’s downtown area, this museum houses an impressive collection of art and decorative items from the 18th century onward. Many of the world’s most famous artists, including Monet, Picasso, and Maine native Marsden Hartley, are represented here.

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine

distance: 0.6 miles, 12-minute walk or 3-minute drive from hotel
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa Exterior

Kids of all ages can immerse themselves in the interactive exhibits and programs at this museum, which features permanent exhibitions on everything from car repair to animal care and space travel. The theatre offers award-winning child-led performances throughout the year.

Portland Observatory

distance: 0.8 miles, 14-minute walk or 4-minute drive from hotel
Portland Observatory

Measuring 86 feet high and shaped like a lighthouse, this historic maritime signal tower is the only one of its kind known to survive in the country. It was built in the early 19th century, and used both a telescope and signal flags to communicate with ships coming in to shore. Today, guided tours of the observatory are available in the warmer months.

Portland Head Light

distance: 5 miles, 18-minute drive from hotel
Portland Head Light

This picturesque lighthouse is the oldest in the state, and was built in the late 18th century with George Washington’s oversight. It’s a member of the National Register of Historic Places, and is now maintained by the Coast Guard.

The Maine Mall

distance: 5.5 miles, 12-minute drive from hotel
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa Exterior

Maine’s largest shopping mall measures well over a million square feet and features over 140 stores, including department stores such as The Sports Authority and Macy’s. It also contains a food court and a children’s play area.

The Portland Regency Hotel

20 Milk Street,

Portland,

ME 04101,USA

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