So you are visiting Portland and the one day you have in town it’s pouring rain. Fortunately, there are a ton of fun things to do spending time inside. This list is in no particular order.
#1 The Portland Museum of Art: You can easily blow a few hours in Maine’s largest art museum. This great museum features everything from realism to cubism, paintings, sculpture and photographs from local artists and the from the masters. Currently the main exhibit features 60 photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe and 18 works by the artist. The exhibit will address the relationship between her art and photographs made of her over the course of a long career. Not only is the art great, but you can grab lunch in the cafe.
#2 The Victoria Mansion: Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest example of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors that were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day, it is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts. Basically, check this place out and prepare to have your jaws drop at the antique coolness of high design of the 1850’s. 99% of the original furnished dwellings from this era are now strip malls or Walmarts. Cool in the summer, ultra cool in the winter when it is decorated in authentic Victorian splendor.
#3 The Wadsworth Longfellow House: Within its walls lived three generations of one remarkable family that made significant contributions to the political, literary, and cultural life of New England and the United States. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, grew up in the house and went on to become one of the most famous men of his time. More austere than the Victoria Mansion, but no less impressive. The oldest standing structure on the Portland Peninsula and the first brick building in Maine.
#4 The Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon: Sometimes mindless escapism is exactly what the doctor ordered. Here you can view six screens of Hollywood’s latest and greatest. If your feeling more highbrow you can the latest foreign and independent films at The Movies on Exchange St.
#5 The Portland Public Library: When all else fails, nothing can suck up some free time like a library. Surf the net, read a magazine, watch a dvd, get some summer reading done, check out the fabulous collection of antique maps and more. NOTE: the library will be closed for two weeks from June 30th to July 15th for some sort of system upgrade.
#6 The Four Seasons Flea Market: Located off rte. 302 at Pride’s Corner in Westbrook, the Four Seasons Flea Market is the only remaining indoor flea market in the Greater Portland area. Open Sat and Sun 8am until 3:30 pm. There you can find all sorts of goodies including antiques, books, collectibles, coins, sports cards, records, video games and more!
#7 The Maine Mall: If all else fails, there is southern Maine’s largest indoor shopping experience, The Maine Mall. Located in South Portland, the mall offers free parking and acres of shopping pleasure under one roof.