Portland is one of the most popular cities in Maine. This is not surprising considering that the city has a lot of interesting things to offer. If you’re planning to visit Portland anytime soon, here are five things we suggest you should try out and do.

1. Go to the Portland Observatory Tower.

The tower was built back in the early 1800s to primarily serve as the means of communication between ships and the shore. Back then, there were no computers, so they used the telescope and some flags as signals. This National Historic Landmark offers tours that highlight maritime contributions to the city of Portland.

2. Go on a foodie adventure with the Maine Foodie Tour.

Discover Portland through its cuisine. And the best way to do this would be to join the Maine Foodie Tour, which will take you to food heaven with the variety of dishes you will be asked to devour. If you consider yourself a true blue foodie, you shouldn’t miss any of the tours offered by this group. Portland is, after all, “America’s Foodiest Small Town” according to Bon Appetit.

3. Go on a bike and tour around the city.

If you want to explore the city in the truest sense of the word, rent a bike for a minimal fee and go around Portland. Bike around, and you’ll discover the city’s hidden treasures. You’ll see the ocean (endless scenes of it!), green parks, lively neighborhoods, and some historic homes. If you want a relaxing activity, this is it.

4. Embrace Portland art.

Portland has an art walk every first Friday of the month. Streets are closed to automobiles as art shops, galleries, and museums line up the sidewalks with works by local artists. You’ll love the artistic party feeling of the art walk.

5. Bring your kids to the Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine.

If you want your children to have the time of their lives in Portland, bring them to the Children’s Museum & Theater. There, they’ll enjoy interactive displays and exhibits like the Car Repair Shop (for those who want to be mechanics) and the Dress-Up Theater, where they can pretend to be theatrical play characters and act onstage.