- The list below includes 199 free or cheap things to do in or near Portland, Maine, including 87 different types of inexpensive activities like Sports Facilities/Fields, Breweries, History Museums and Hiking Trails.
- From Casco Bay to Commercial Street, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Portland and in nearby cities within 25 miles like South Portland, Brunswick, Scarborough and Kennebunkport.
Deering Oaks Park offers a natural play environment that is ADA Accessible. The park features a range of recreational activities including adventure bridges, climbing wall, playground, puzzle/mind panels, slide down pole, stationary cycler and a toddler area.
The original purpose of the 1800s Portland Observatory was to monitor ships. The site currently houses a museum that concentrates on the history of the tower and allows visitors to get a bird's eye view of both Portland and the harbor.
Bordered by Commercial, Middle, Union, and Franklin cobblestone and brick streets with gas lampposts lies Old Port, a shopping area filled with art galleries, bookstores, and craft shops. The area was once filled with shipping warehouses, but now shoppers and diners fill the area.
Lucky Catch Cruises offers 1 1/2 hour lobster excursions in Casco Bay. Participants can help trap the lobsters, watch the scenery, buy the lobster that the ship caught, and have it cooked at the restaurant next to the dock.
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On Wicked Walking Tours, participants are led by professional actors who tell a story as they stroll along about Portland's history and ghost who live there. Participants need to be able to walk a half-mile.