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From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city -- the largest in Maine -- will enchant you. Saunter down the brick pavements and cobbled streets of the revitalised Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart's content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the USA. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city's native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. With children, enjoy the highly interactive Children's Museum of Maine. And then go next door to the calmer Portland Museum of Art, a small but eclectic museum with Impressionist works, Maine landscapes by Homer and Wyeth and other collections. Land or sea are the options here, so if you're tired of the street life, go on one of the popular scenic cruises or whale watches, or hop on a ferry to the islands in Casco Bay. At the end of the day, and without the children, unwind and rest your tired feet at one of the city's pubs.
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