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Portland Fire Engine Co.

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Address: 180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101-4615
Phone Number: +1 207-252-6358
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09:00 - 06:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 06:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Portland Fire Engine Co. offering narrated sightseeing tours of Portland...

Portland Fire Engine Co. offering narrated sightseeing tours of Portland Maine aboard a Vintage Fire Engine. We explore the peninsula of Portland and its many lighthouses and forts as well as the amazing architectural buildings hidden inside of the cobble stoned streets that make up our wonderful city. The tour is a great way of reliving Portland’s past, present and future. The viewing area high up on the Fire Engine gives amazing views of Casco Bay as well as fantastic opportunities for photographs. We are a highly rated tour operator in Portland so please check out some of our 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor below.

The sightseeing tours are approximately 50 minutes in length and are fully narrated with a very knowledgeable guide displaying high resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society through our on-board multimedia system which includes a large flat LED TV. We begin and end our tours in the heart of the Old Port which is a great way to discover all that our magical city has to offer. This area of the city is great for sightseeing tours as well as the world famous shopping and the amazing restaurants, pubs and shopping.

Informative and Fun for All Ages

Sightseeing Tours begin and end at 180 Commercial St. (Located in front of Portland Lobster Co.)

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Great Tour for the Highlights of Portland

We were on a cruise in Oct. 2016 to see the foliage, and had not booked any excursions. Coming off the pier the welcome center had several pamphlets of tours and spots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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maxeys, United States
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maxeys, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a cruise in Oct. 2016 to see the foliage, and had not booked any excursions. Coming off the pier the welcome center had several pamphlets of tours and spots of interest. This one caught my eye as it was an old time fire truck. I called and was able to get a tour with 2 hours. Just... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Was taking the tour solo and they made me assistant fire person! Glen our guide was fantastic and very informative yet funny!!

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Thank marianne5895
Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

What a fantastic guide! They even have freshly cleaned old fire jackets to wear if you wish! The history was so well presented on a large screen that travels with you right in the back of the truck. A must do! Don't miss this! Book early. Their trips fill up.

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Thank Jo C
Newfoundland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Great trip around the city! Our guide was excellent! He was very informed of the history of the city. We enjoyed our time on the Fire Truck.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This was a unique way to tour the area. Glen our guide was a fountain of pertinent information. The vehicle felt safe, and the separate dedicated driver is the way this should be done. We enjoyed the open air tour as we had spectacular weather for mid October. The slightly elevated seating made for a good perspective of this quaint... More 

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Thank Singlemalt21
Snellville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We took this tour during our stay in Portland and found it to be outstanding. The narrator was informative and humorous, without the typical, sometimes inane tour guide rhetoric. Our party of two couples agreed that the tour was extremely well done.

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Thank dfe12016
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This was a fun, interesting, and convenient way to see and learn about Portland. Guy did a great job providing a lot of interesting information, both current and historical, combined with a slide show of pictures on a large flat screen tv. The tour takes place on an old fire truck in which you sit high up, which provides great... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

What a fun way to see the city! Short and sweet with great narrative so you can go and do more sights on your own.

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Thank De66ie
Keith N, Manager at Portland Fire Engine Co., responded to this review

De66ie- Short and sweet sums it up! We're an excellent overview of the city and then encourage our passengers to go explore what they've seen on the tour. Glad you had fun and thanks for taking the time to write a review! More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

When i first booked the tour i was a bit nervous because it sounds strange, a tour of Portland on a little fire truck, but it turned out to be great! The tour guide was so friendly and so was the driver. They stop at certain areas of the city and allow the tourist to take photos. We were able... More 

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Keith N, Manager at Portland Fire Engine Co., responded to this review

thecriticgj_: "Best Tour I've Ever Gone On"...... we couldn't ask for a better review...especially from a Level 6 Contributor! We are thrilled you had such a great time and glad you took the tour with us. We look forward to taking you on another tour the next time you're in Portland. Thank you again for the great review! More 

Alabaster, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great ride and historian was very informative. He even included some humor which kept it interesting.

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Keith N, Manager at Portland Fire Engine Co., responded to this review

bdmimi5- Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We love seeing "great" in the headline! More 

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