Old Port Valentine’s Holiday Historic Walking Tour
LOVE is in the refreshing and salty Old Port air! Explore the Old Port’s rich history and places of interest from 1632 in this 2 1/2 hour exciting walking tour and historical adventure…
Every year, since the 1970’s, the “Valentine’s Day Bandit” pins up 8×10 hearts all over the Old Port on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Where will the bandit strike again? It’s always exciting to see where the bandit strikes! This tour has over 50 historic stops and at the end of the tour, expect a Valentine treat provided by Leigh Rush Olson, your Tour Guide and founder of Old Port Historic Tours.
Advanced tickets required at ticketweb.com $45 per person.
Here are just some of the topics you will hear about and places you will visit outside on this tour with Leigh…
*Origins of the Old Port Valentine’s Day Bandit
*Valentine Bandit sitings’ throughout the Old Port for photo opportunities.
*Numerous landmarks, monuments, and architecture on the National Registry of Historic Places
*Portland City Hall
*Old Port real estate history
*US Custom House
*Commercial Street Waterfront
*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
*Civil War history
*First Parish Church
*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
*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
*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. Come see why people from all over the world fall in love with Portland’s breathtaking Old Port!
Where to meet: Monument Square – located directly across the street from the Portland Public Library on Congress Street.