Visiting Casco Bay

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Food, shopping, and a ride through the bay…

With its quaint cobbled streets and historic brick storefronts, the Old Port offers myriad boutiques and dining establishments.  Portland is a foodie’s dream trip.  From pizza, pubfare, and townie favorites, to five star dining, you can find an eating experience to suit your taste and your pocketbook.  And the retail shops offer merchandise found nowhere else.

Whether you make it a day trip, a weekend visit, or a vacation, a jaunt through the islands will deliver you to another world.  A place where you will feel awash in relaxation.  Locals call it “Island Time.”

Take a ferry ride through the bay, or pick an island to explore.   But please research in advance the island you wish to visit.  Some islands have public restrooms and others do not.  Some have public beaches and restaurants, and some do not.  Camping is not allowed anyplace in the islands and many of the roadways and forested areas are private.  Fire permits are required on our islands because they all have fragile ecosystems and fire is a real hazard for us.  Only two islands have water infrastructure with hydrants.  If you visit an island, please be mindful of this and practice “Leave No Trace.”

There are two ferry services in Casco Bay:

Casco Bay Lines

CBL services Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Great Diamond Island, Long Island, Chebeague Island, Cliff Island.  CBL anchors one corner of the Old Port and has parking adjacent.

Click for a map of the Islands

For schedules and more information click Casco Bay Lines

Chebeague Transportation Company

CTC launches from Cumberland, several miles north of Portland.

For information click CTC.

Parking

There are numerous parking garages and lots in the Old Port area.

For a map of Old Port’s Parking click here.  And for Portland’s webpage with full details for parking click here.

Travel by Train or Bus to the Portland Transportation Center

The Amtrak Downeaster has a stop in Portland as does Concord Coach Lines.  Taxis at the Portland Transportation Center will take you to Old Port for a small fare.

Map of Downtown Portland

Map of Old Port area