Portland is ranked as Maine’s busiest commercial fishing port and will always be known as a seafood town. Now add to that list one of America’s foodiest small towns.
With so much to see, taste and explore we can’t resist inviting our girlfriends and buddies for an afternoon out. What about you? Are you seeking a way to spice up your dating life with your spouse? Maybe searching for a creative first date idea? Check out our seven picks for the best dates in Portland, Maine.
Take a Tour
Be a tourist for the day and take a tour of the city and Portland area from a new perspective. Learn the local history of Portland, see the architecture and enjoy the scenic view of Portland’s famous lighthouses. Enjoy a stress-free guided ride to keep you entertained along the way. Check out Trip Advisor for a variety of tour options, including Portland Explorer with 3 different tour options to choose from year-round and 7 days a week.
Go Beer Tasting
Enjoy a fun afternoon or evening date at one of the craft breweries in Portland. Since 1995 Allagash Brewing Company has been producing beer and expanding the tasting options. Head over to visit Shipyard Brewing Company, a family owned brewery located in Portland with core and seasonal offerings in the tasting room. Not interested in taking a brewery tour but still want to experience a cool beer tasting? Check out unique beer options and ongoing events at Portland Beer Hub, located at 320 Fore Street, Portland, Maine.
Enjoy a Picnic in the Park
With so many stunning views of nature to choose from a picnic in the park is a perfect date option. Here you will find your perfect selfie spots and snap-worthy moments. Take a walk uphill from downtown Portland to the Eastern Promenade for a picnic overlooking the ocean. Visit historical Fort Williams Park and purchase a lobster roll from the food trucks while taking in the stunning views of Portland Headlight.
Explore the Local Art Scene
Portland has a lot to offer in terms of arts and culture. Take your date to the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Stage Company, Maine Historical Society & Museum or Portland Symphony Orchestra. Join others for the First Friday Art Walk, a free self-guided tour of art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues on the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm.
Cruise with Casco Bay Lines
Cruise Casco Bay with a daily ferry service that is fun, safe, reliable and a convenient way to travel to the nearby islands. Check out some of the specialty cruises offered, such as a sunrise or sunset cruise. Feeling energetic? Dance the night away on a music cruise with performances by local bands.
Taste Fresh and Local Seafood
Portland, Maine is known for lobsters and lighthouses but the assortment of fresh and tasty seafood expands well beyond lobster. Create a seafood tasting at one or many local restaurants offering fresh oysters, chowder, lobster rolls, steamed clams and sushi. Every year seems to bring more media attention and industry awards than the year before to Portland as the culinary star on the rise.
Visit the Farmers Market
The weekly summer market provides a good excuse to take a stroll through Deering Oaks Park and create a wellness date. Support the local artists from Portland with crafts, jewelry, gifts and fresh produce. Complete the date by grabbing some fresh produce and heading back home to cook together.
Explore the hidden beauty of the Greater Portland area with a friend, partner, spouse or first date.
This quaint coastal town will win you and your date’s heart over with its charm and history. Whether you are a Portland native, a cruise ship visitor or a tourist for the day; the endless restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and scenic choices allow for more dates to Portland, Maine in the future!