Old Port Historic Tours Loves Happy Faces! 

Old Port Historic Walking Tours - Explore the Old Port and downtown Portland's rich history and places of interest from 1632 in this 2 1/2 hour, 2-mile, exciting walking tour and historical adventure with over 50 historic stops including historical landmarks, architecture, and monuments. We will also discuss famous and legendary people of the area, prohibition and how it all started in the Old Port, some of the hottest restaurants and craft beer bars, the best places for craft beer tastings, waterfront history, the Old Port's biggest fires, Underground Railroad, shopping, real estate history, night life, and much more! 

Popular Saturday tour tickets, as well as select Sundays, holidays, and cruise ship dates, are available from 11AM-1:30PM year-round (weather pending January though March). Advanced tickets required at ticketweb.com $45 per person. Kids 6 and under are free. Private tours and special group rates are available Sunday through Friday year-round! Private tour tickets are not available via Ticketmaster or Ticketweb so please call 646-845-9714 or email leigholson@oldporthistorictours.com to book. 

 

 

 

Leigh Rush Olson - Founder of Old Port Historic Tours - 
Sits on the dock of the bay in Portland's Old Port

Leigh Rush Olson, your tour guide and founder of Old Port Historic Tours, holds a BA in History from CUNY Brooklyn College and is a certified Portland History Docent by the Maine Historical Society, in collaboration with Portland Landmarks. Moreover, Leigh is a Portland native (born and raised) and a resident of Kennebunk, Maine. You're in good hands! Click here for more background about Leigh.

Here are just some of the topics you will hear about and places you will visit outside on an Old Port Historic Walking Tour with Leigh...

*Monument Square

*Lobsterman's Park

*Portland City Hall

*Old Port real estate history

*Numerous landmarks, monuments, and architecture on the National Registry of Historic Places

*US Custom House

*Boothby Square

*Commercial Street Waterfront

*Wharf Street

*Fishing industry

*Prohibition and how it all began in the Old Port

*Tommy's Park and the history of its murals

*Post Office Park

*Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Home

*Revolutionary Generation

*Civil War history

*First Parish Church

*Lincoln Park

*Several Underground Railroad stops

*Portland's tallest and oldest buildings

*Exchange Street galleries and boutiques

*Leigh's favorite places to point out for craft beer bars, breweries, and restaurants - including Leigh's favorite breakfast locations and where to get the best lobster rolls… BIG lobster rolls 🦞🦞🦞

*History of Portland's fires including the biggest that shocked the nation

*Famous/legendary people of the area

*Night life - stand-up comedy, concerts, theatrical performances, etc

*History of the Kotzschmar Organ- one of the grandest and most celebrated pipe organs in the world

*Local Maine Artists

*Old Port's finest Mansard roofs

*The Old Port's most popular donut shops, bakeries, and Mained themed treats 

*Best things to do in the Kennebunks if Portland isn't enough!

AND Much, Much, More, but Leigh doesn't want to give it all away!

Where to meet: Monument Square - located directly across the street from the Portland Public Library on Congress Street. 

 

 

 

Leigh is a Portland, Maine native so you're in good hands!