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Climate + Recreation

The Portland peninsula juts into Casco Bay, a protected part of the Atlantic Ocean. The sea tempers Portland’s climate, creating mild winters and cool summer breezes. We love the seasonality of our environment. Portland-based pattern designer Angela Adams says, “There’s something really great about the days getting really short and then the days getting really long, and being able to experience the snow, the rain, the heat, and the fall. There’s new growth, the palette changes, the light changes all the time–I think that’s a real treat.”

The changing seasons keep us fresh. Summer is a time of sunshine, salt water, and lush green grass, a time of exploration, and of new creative inspiration. When the evenings grow cooler and leaves begin to take on their fiery hue, we feel sadness at summer’s passing, but also a sense of relief: we are again able to turn inward, to start coaxing shape and form from summertime’s inspirations. When fall gives way to winter and snow begins to swirl outside our windows, we go into creative hibernation. Just as we begin to tire of the muted landscape and bare tree branches, things thaw, the birds begin their songs, the forsythia blossoms—and we feel inspired once again.

Fitness Centers

Bay Club is a premiere fitness facility with personal trainers, steam and sauna rooms, a raw juice and smoothie bar, chiropractic and massage services, and a wide array of classes and exercise equipment.

Planet Fitness is on Marginal Way, making it convenient for commuters. The basic membership is just $10/month.

University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex is open to the general public on a membership basis.

The Body Architect is a hidden gem of a fitness center in Portland’s East End. Treadmills and elliptical machines face out over the Back Cove, and membership includes full access to classes like kettle bells, yoga, and cardio kickboxing.

World Gym is known for their “boot camp.” It’s on Marginal Way, a convenient location for those who come into town by the highway.

Sports to Play and Do

Rosa Noreen is a belly dance performer and teacher based in Portland. Learn more about her classes.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine sponsors weekly rides across the state. Also check out their event calendar.

Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio offers classes for both kids and adults.

Casco Bay Sports is a locally run sports management company that organizes adult sports leagues, including bowlingbasketball, and soccer.

Dancing in Maine is a directory of dance resources in Maine, including dance organizations, venues, instructors, and an events calendar.

Portland also has its own Hash House Harriers club, Portland Hashers. If you don’t know what that is, read up on it here. It involves both running and drinking.

Maine Ballroom offers classes in many styles, from ballroom dancing to Salsa to Argentine Tango.

Maine Belly Dance offers authentic Arabic belly dancing classes and special events.

Maine Rock Gym is a climbing facility with 5,000 square feet of rock surface, offering open climbing hours and special clinics.

Maine Running Company sponsors a variety of running groups and training programs for both new and serious runners in Portland. They also offer a collection of local running routes on their website.

Maine Track Club keeps a calendar of races and events in Maine.

Maine Triathlon Events Calendar lists the numerous triathlons in Maine every year.

Riverton and Reiche pools, and the outdoor Kiwanis Pool offer swim lessons for children and adults, adult aerobics, open swim, and rental opportunities. Check out the schedules of these public pools.

Portland Community Rowing Association offers both competitive and recreational rowing opportunities to kids and adults from Portland’s East End Beach.

Portland Department of Recreation sponsors a variety of recreational activities for adults, including yoga classes, a soccer league, and group trips to Boston Red Sox games.

Portland Ice Arena has public skating hours from July through April and ice-skating lessons for both kids and adults. It’s also home to the Casco Bay Hockey Club.

Portland Porpoise Swim Club has swim teams for kids ten-and-under through high school age.

Portland YMCA has a pool and fitness center, and offers classes for kids and adults throughout the year. Here’s how to join.

PortSports is a co-ed social club sponsoring charity-based casual sports leagues, social and charity events, and sport-based excursions throughout the year.

Porttango lists Portland tango classesevents, and more.

Racket and Fitness Club is Maine’s largest indoor tennis facility, with nine air conditioned tennis courts, racquetball and wallyball courts, and a fully equipped fitness center.


Casco Bay Lines offers year-round ferry service between Portland and the islands of Casco Bay: Peaks, Little and Great Diamond, Cliff, Long, and Chebeague, as well as special summer cruises to Bailey Island.

Maine Department of Conservation has information about parks and public lands in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region, including Mackworth IslandTwo Lights, and Crescent Beach State Park.

MELiving.com’s guide to beaches in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region.

The Portland Freedom Trail, currently comprised of sixteen marked sites, recognizes people associated with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement in Portland. Visit the website for a map to guide your walk.

Portland Trails is a nonprofit urban land trust that maintains fifty miles of multi-use trails in the greater Portland area. Check out the trail map.

Outdoor Recreation

Higgin's Beach is a popular destination for local surfers. Check out the surf report.

Maine Island Trail Association is a great wilderness resource, with many sites located in our Casco Bay backyard. MITA offer over 190 sites statewide that are open for recreation/day use.  You can also get a preview of some of their offerings by visiting their online guide.

Maine Outdoor Adventure Club (MOAC) is an all-volunteer member organization. Members organize and lead trips and activities for both beginners and experts, from winter camping, rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking to whitewater kayaking, sailing, walking, and snowshoeing.

Rippleffect offers a variety of outdoor summer youth programs including multi-day kayaking trips and outdoor leadership seminars, as well as private outings and corporate retreats for adults.

SailMaine is a nonprofit community-based sailing organization offering programs for both kids and adults.

Ski Maine has a comprehensive guide to alpine and Nordic skiing in the state, including a directory of ski areas and conditions.

Yoga and Pilates Studios

Lila East End Yoga is a lovely yoga studio at the foot of Munjoy Hill. View their classes schedule here.

Maine Bikram Yoga is the go-to spot for Bikram yoga in Portland. Check out their rates and schedule. Maine residents enjoy an introductory rate of the first 30-days unlimited classes for $30.

Pilates at Baxter Place specializes in authentic Pilates conditioning. Learn more about their classes.

Portland Pilates offers both group mat classes and individual instruction.

Portland Power Yoga is a power Vinyasa studio.

Portland Yoga Studio offers classes, workshops and retreats in Iyengar, gentle, vigorous, prenatal, and therapeutic styles of Hatha yoga.

Pure Movement offers yoga, pilates, and body sculpting classes.

Springboard Pilates offers both group classes and individual/small group instruction.

The Yoga Center offers yoga instruction based primarily on the Iyengar method.

The Yoga Exchange offers Vinyasa classes seven days a week.

Spectator Sports

The Portland-based Maine Red Claws are an NBA Development League team. Get the current schedule and ticket information here.

Maine Roller Derby is Maine’s first women’s flat track roller derby league, comprised of three teams: an all-star team called The Port Authorities, a "junior varsity" or B-team called The Calamity Janes, and a C-team of scrimmage-eligible skaters called the R.I.P.Tides. Their home bouts are usually held at the Portland Expo.

The Portland Pirates are Portland’s professional hockey team. Here’s their schedule and ticket information.

Portland is also home to a beloved minor league baseball team, The Portland Sea Dogs. Check out their schedule and ticket information. They often have promotional nights in the summer.


Portland’s current weather and ten day forecast.

Guide to average temperature, precipitation, and days of sunshine in Portland.