Some of Maine's finest activities can be found within or on the outskirts of Portland, including:
- Visiting the Portland Museum of Art
- The Portland Museum of Art is known as the cultural heart of Maine, nestled at the center of the downtown arts district and boasting masterpieces both national and international, as well as few works from local artists. A multitude of both historic and modern buildings make up the exhibition space, making for a culturally and historically immersive experience. Current exhibits include the children's novels of Henri Matisse and Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent's Moby-Dick, a collection of paintings that pay homage to the mystical and illusive white whale. View not only the complexity of art history, both American and international, but the architectural accomplishments of the Portland of the past. Visits cost $15 dollars for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students with I.D., and no cost for children forteen and under; in addition, admission is free on Friday afternoons from 4-8 p.m.
- Watching a game at Hadlock Field
- The home of the Portland Sea Dogs, as well as the Portland High School Bulldogs and the Deering High School Rams, Hadlock Field is the perfect destination for any baseball-enthusist; it shares the namesake of long-time Portland High School baseball coach and physics teacher, Edson J. Hadlock. It shares some similaries with double-A affiliate the Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park and proudly boasts a replica of the Green Monster (lovingly dubbed the Maine Monster), Citgo sign, and Coke bottle. Whether in use for high school or Eastern League games, a trip to Hadlock Field is a surefire way to enjoy America's national and beloved past-time, baseball. Ticket prices vary based on seating.
- A trip to the Victoria Mansion
- Also known as the Morse-Libby House, this Victorian-style mansion-turned-museum was originally fashioned as a summer home for Maine native Ruggles Sylvester Morse. Today, the Mansion stands as a perfect example of creator Henry Austin's Italianate architecture and the first and only remaining specimen of interior designer Gustave Herter's work. The Mansion offers a variety of educational programs for children and adults alike, in the forms of public lectures, guided tours, and reading and discussion gropus regarding nineteeth-century topics; the space is also available for private rental and hosts fundraisers, educational functions, and other events throughout the year. Admission is $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $7 for college students with I.D., $5 for students ages six to seventeen, and free for children under six years old and active military.