50 Min. Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Portland, Maine Aboard a Vintage Fire Truck
Our 50 minute sightseeing tour of Portland Maine is different from anything else in the area. Come join our knowledgeable guide aboard a Vintage Fire Engine as you travel back in time and relive Portland’s past from a local’s perspective. Enjoy lighthouses, Civil War forts, fantastic views, interesting stories, and a multimedia experience with images from Maine’s history on the Fire Engine’s large flat screen TV. We are very unique sightseeing tour only offered in Portland Maine.
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Pass By: United States Custom House, 312 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4110
The United States Custom House was built from 1867–1872 to house offices of the United States Customs Service, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Located near Portland's waterfront, the U.S. Custom House is a testament to the city's maritime history. It was built to accommodate the city's growing customs business, which, by 1866, was collecting $900,000 annually in customs duties—making Portland one of the most significant seaports in the country.
Pass By: Maine State Pier, Portland, ME
The Maine State Pier is a municipal-owned deepwater marine facility and music venue located at the intersection of Commercial Street and Franklin Street on the eastern waterfront in Portland, Maine. It was completed in 1924. In the mid-2000s, competing proposals were examined to redevelop the Maine State Pier into a tourist destination, but difficulties with state regulations and the late-2000s recession halted proposed redevelopment. In 2009, the first annual Portland Lobster Fest was held at the State Pier.
Pass By: Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal, Maine State Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4704
Casco Bay Lines (also known as the Casco Bay Island Transit District, CBITD) is a publicly run transportation company that services the residents of the islands of Casco Bay. These islands include Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Great Diamond Island, Diamond Cove, Long Island, Chebeague Island and Cliff Island.
Pass By: 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4759
The Ocean Gateway International Marine Passenger Terminal is a cruise ship terminal in Portland, Maine, USA. It was built in two phases; phase 1 being a new terminal building that in 2008 replaced the original International Marine Terminal and phase 2 being a new berth and docking facility for large cruise ships known as Ocean Gateway Pier II. The second phase of the terminal project is Ocean Gateway Pier II, a deep-water pier for large cruise ships that opened in September 2011, allowing more and larger cruise ships to dock in the city.
Pass By: Shipyard Brewing Company, 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101-4219
Shipyard Brewing Company is a brewery and soft drink manufacturer in Portland, Maine, USA, and founded in 1994. Shipyard is the largest brewer in Maine (owning the Shipyard, Sea Dog Brewing Company, and Casco Bay Brewing Company banners, and bottling under contract with Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company). Shipyard is the fourth largest microbrewery in New England.
Pass By: Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, 58 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4842
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum is located and operates out of the former Portland Company Marine Complex, the organization was founded in 1993. The collection consists of passenger and freight equipment, as well as artifacts from the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railways that ran in the state of Maine in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The organization operates a 1 1⁄2-mile (2.4 km) long railroad that runs along the waterfront of Casco Bay and parallels Portland's Eastern Promenade. Historic steam and diesel locomotives and a variety of restored coaches are used to run passenger services on the railroad.
Pass By: Fort Allen Park, Maine
Fort Allen Park, which covers 9 acres (3.6 ha) and abuts the Eastern Promenade to the south, was built in the 1890s, designed by the city's Chief Engineer William Goodwin and backed by Mayor James P. Baxter, according to a plaque in the park. Fort Allen was probably originally built in 1775, may have served as part of Fort Sumner, and was rebuilt by the city and used to guard Portland during the War of 1812 due to its high vantage point overlooking Casco Bay. The park is home to a 6-inch gun from the USS Maine (the ship whose explosion in Havana, Cuba started the Spanish–American War), the foremast and bridge structure of the World War II cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), two Civil War-era 4.5-inch siege rifles, an American Civil War memorial bench erected in 1929, and an historic bandstand which was built in the 1890s. In 2012, a local non-profit group, Friends of the Eastern Promenade, sought to restore Fort Allen Park to its original look. As of 2016 this has resulted in additional interpretive plaques throughout the park, along with other improvements.
Pass By: East End Beach, Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland, ME 04101
East End beach is Portland’s only public beach. At the bottom of the hill of the Eastern Promenade, East End Beach is the ideal place to take in the panorama of Casco Bay. This stretch of sand and pebbles is easy to get to with parking nearby, picnic tables and benches situated on the grassy hillside, and a boat launch for launching any manner of vessel for a day on the water. Here, sailboats from the local marina breeze in and out of the harbor, and the islands of the bay are in full view. Lucky visitors will spot a seal in the distance, clumsily maneuvering its way onto the shores of a small patch of land or rock.
Pass By: Loring Memorial Park, 449-455 Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME 04101-2784
The Major Charles Loring Memorial Park was created in 2000 to honor Major Loring. It is dramatic in its scope, sensitive in its purpose, and inspirational to visitors. Created by artist Ann Uppington of Brookline, Massachusetts, and landscaped by the Saco architectural firm of Richardson and Associates, the various elements that make up the installation were chosen in consultation with members of the Loring family, local veterans, and neighborhood residents.
Pass By: Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
The Portland Observatory is a historic maritime signal tower at 138 Congress Street in the Munjoy Hill section of Portland, Maine. Built in 1807, it is the only known surviving tower of its type in the United States. Using both a telescope and signal flags, two-way communication between ship and shore was possible several hours before an incoming vessel reached the docks. The tower was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006; it is now managed by a local nonprofit as a museum, and is open to the public. The Portland Observatory is the only remaining maritime signal station in the United States. Tower operations were paid with annual fees collected from shipping merchants, who purchased the right to have their flags stored in the building and hoisted up its flagstaffs when their ships were sighted. A telephone was eventually installed, extending the tower's function until 1923, when the reliability of engine powered vessels and communication by radio made it obsolete.
Pass By: Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress St Mountfort St., Portland, ME 04101-3639
Eastern Cemetery is an historic cemetery at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Congress Street in the East Baysideneighborhood of Portland, Maine. Established in 1668, it is the city's oldest historic site, and has more than 4,000 marked graves. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Pass By: Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St (top of India St), Portland, ME 04101-3692
Etz Chaim Synagogue is a synagogue in Portland, Maine. Located at 267 Congress Street, it is the only immigrant-era European-style synagogue remaining in Maine. It was founded in 1921 as an English-language synagogue, rather than a traditional Yiddish-languageone. Gary S. Berenson presides as Rabbi of the congregation.
The building also houses the Maine Jewish Museum.
Pass By: The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3638
The church is an imposing masonry structure, built of red brick, with sandstone trim and a slate roof. The main façade has a central entrance recessed in a sandstone Gothic arch, with a large stained glass rose window above. The main tower rises to the right of the main entrance, with buttressed corners, narrow Gothic windows, and an octagonal spire. Windows on the side walls are also Gothic, with buttressing between.
Pass By: Lincoln Park, 139 Federal St, Portland, ME 04101-4399
Lincoln Park is a 1.8-acre (0.73 ha) urban park in downtown Portland, Maine. Created in 1866 following the 1866 Great Fire which burned down most of the buildings of Portland, it was named in honor of former President Abraham Lincoln.
Pass By: Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3566
The Portland City Hall is the center of city government in Portland, Maine. It is located at 389 Congress Street, and is set in a prominent rise, anchoring a cluster of civic buildings at the eastern end of Portland's downtown. The structure was built in 1909-12 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Pass By: The First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3505
First Parish Church is an historic church at 425 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. Built in 1825 for a congregation established in 1674, it is the oldest church building in the city, and one of its finest examples of Federal period architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Pass By: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland, ME 04101-4072
The Portland Public Library is the name of the public library system for Portland, Maine, USA. It is also the name of the city's main library which is located at 5 Monument Square on Congress Street in the Old Port neighborhood of Portland. The system also has three neighborhood branch locations: Burbank Branch, Peaks Island Branch, and Riverton Branch.
Pass By: Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
The Wadsworth-Longfellow House is a historic house and museum in Portland, Maine, United States. It is located at 489 Congress Street and is operated by the Maine Historical Society. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, and administratively added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The house is open daily to public from May through October (half days on Sundays). An admission fee is charged.
Pass By: Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101-3961
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, Maine and features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families. Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play. The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning.
Pass By: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland, ME 04101-1119
The Portland Museum of Art, or PMA, is the largest and oldest public art institution in the U.S. state of Maine. Founded as the Portland Society of Art in 1882 It is located in the downtown area known area The Arts District in Portland, Maine.
Pass By: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St, Portland, ME 04101-3701
The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument occupies a triangular plaza formed at the southeast corner of Congress and State Streets in central Portland. The southeast side of the plaza is occupied by One Longfellow Plaza, a large office building. The monument consists of a bronze statue of Longfellow, as seen late in his life, in a seated position, which is mounted on a granite pedestal. The pedestal is about 10 feet (3.0 m) in height, and has carved tablets on two sides, decorated with swags and garlands that frame the name "LONGFELLOW". Above these is a frieze band of anthemion and vines, with a cornice above that.
Pass By: Neal Dow House, 714 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3306
The Neal Dow House, also known as Gen. Neal Dow House, is an historic house found at 714 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. It was built in 1829 for noted politician and prohibitionist Neal Dow (1804-1897), and was later designated a National Historic Landmark for that association. Dow was the author of the first prohibition law passed by the Maine legislature in 1851 (and giving such laws the epithet "Maine law"). He was known as a tireless, internationally known activist for the temperance movement. Dow's house was a center of activism in his lifetime, and is now the headquarters of the Maine chapter of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.
Pass By: Western Cemetery, 2 Vaughan St, Portland, ME 04102-3618
The Western Cemetery is an urban cemetery in Portland, Maine. At one time Portland's home for the "poor and indigent", the cemetery is named after for its location in Portland's West End neighborhood and proximity to the Western Promenade. Founded in the 18th century, the land was acquired by the city in 1829. In 1841, the city expanded the cemetery to its present 12 acres (4.9 ha). The Western Cemetery was Portland's primary cemetery from 1829–1852, when Evergreen Cemetery was established in Deering, then a suburb of Portland. It was an active cemetery until 1910. In October 2003, the cemetery began a restoration and reconstruction project was run by the Stewards of the Western Cemetery and the City of Portland and funded with municipal funds.
Pass By: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4504
Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House or Morse-Libby Mansion, is a landmark example of American residential architecture located in downtown Portland, Maine, United States. The brownstone exterior, elaborate interior design, opulent furnishings and early technological conveniences provide a detailed portrait of lavish living in nineteenth-century America. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971 for its architectural significance as a particularly well-preserved Italianate mansion.
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: 180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
- Duration: 50 minutes (Approx.)
- Return Details: Returns to original departure point
- Food and beverages
- Gratuities (suggested)
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- PLEASE check the email you booked under while traveling for any last minute changes from us!
- Please leave plenty of time for increased traffic and parking in Portland. Do Not trust your phones GPS for estimated time arrival.
- We just need the your confirmation on your phone or a print out to show our staff. We will check you in when the Fire Engine picks you up.
- Traffic can be very heavy in Portland so give yourself extra time for parking
- We leave promptly at the designated time! Refunds are not provided for missed tours due to late/non arrival.
- Please provide a cell phone number that you will have with you when you are in Portland. We may need to contact you regarding your tour
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Meet the Fire Engine at 180 Commercial St. Portland Maine 04101
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Average 4.79 out of 5 stars based on 90 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor.
Great value. Guys were funny, informative and great overview of a great city. Video close up screen was a bonus.
This tour was a fabulous way to get a view of Portland in a short time .It was a pleasure to be on this tour with enthusiastic guide and driver whom really love their city and are happy to share it. Thank you
It was one of the best tours we have taken. The narrater was personable and engaging.He was knowledgeable
The tour guide was exceptional - well informed and well prepared with back-up maps and pictures. Throughly recommend this tour
This is an A+ tour to take. What a great way to see downtown Portland and the guide was so knowledgeable!
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