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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 blossom--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.

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.

Planet Fitness is on Marginal Way, making it convenient for commuters. The basic membership is just $10/month, and the gym is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Shift Portland believes that fitness and movement are synonymous with a happy, healthy life. Whether you are recovering from an injury or surgery, starting a fitness routine for the first time or are a seasoned athlete, Shift Portland will develop a completely individualized program to reach your goal and get you feeling better than you have in years.

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

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 + Do

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works to make Maine a better place to bike and walk. 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 bowling, basketball, and soccer.

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

EVO Portland is Maine's newest and largest indoor climbing gym. The facility has 16,000 square feet of climbing surface and welcomes all levels of ability: beginner, intermediate, advanced lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering. There are programs for kids ages three and up, as well as youth summer camps, adult classes, yoga, and zumba.

Fleet Feet Maine Running sponsors a variety of running groups and training programs for both new and serious runners in Portland. 

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

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

Riverton Pool, Reiche Pool, 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 Association.

Portland Porpoise Swim Club has swim teams for ages six through 24.

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 Argentine tango classesevents, and more.

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

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


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.

Maine Living has a guide to beaches in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region.

The Portland Freedom Trail, comprised of sixteen marked sites, recognizes people and places associated with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement in Portland. You can print out 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

Higgins Beach is a popular destination for local surfers. Check out the surf report.

Maine Huts and Trails is a non-profit organization that manages a system of four backcountry eco-lodges and more than 80 miles of trails in Western Maine. The trails can be used year round for a variety of recreational purposes ranging from hiking and paddling in summer to nordic skiing in the winter.

Maine Island Trail Association is a great wilderness resource, with many sites located in our Casco Bay backyard. The Maine Island Trail is a 375-mile recreational waterway that spans the entire coast of Maine. It's America’s oldest recreational water trail, connecting over 200 island and mainland sites that are open for day visits or overnight camping.

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.

Portland Paddle offers sea kayaking and paddleboard rentals, guided trips, and lessons. Experienced paddlers can rent a kayak on Portland's East End Beach and explore the hundreds of islands of Casco Bay, while novices can paddle along the protected coastline of the waterfront.  

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

Hustle and Flow is a West End movement studio, offering dance, fitness, and yoga classes

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

Maine Hatha Yoga is the go-to spot for Bikram yoga in Portland. Check out their schedule. New students enjoy an introductory rate of 30 days of 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. Check out their current schedule.

Pure Movement offers BarSculpt fitness and pilates classes. Here is their schedule.

Spiral Tree Yoga and Wellness Studio, located in Portland's Rosemont neighborhood, offers programs for kids and family, adults, teens, as well as pre-natal and post-natal yoga.

The Still Water Yoga Studio teaches Hatha Yoga classes with an emphasis on proper alignment and a balance between strength and flexibility.

An East End studio for yoga, bodywork, and meditation classes, Studio 72 offers Ashtanga yoga classes and private sessions.

WholeHeart Yoga Center offers classes and special workshops in Kripalu yoga.

The Yoga Center offers yoga instruction based primarily on the Iyengar method, with free introductory classes.

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.

Portland is also home to a beloved minor league baseball team, The Portland Sea Dogs, playing home games at Hadlock Field. Check out their schedule and ticket information.


Portland’s current weather and ten day forecast.

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