Freeport, Maine is a historic village on the coast of Casco Bay, located only 20 minutes north of the Portland cruise terminal. Home to the world famous L.L.Bean flagship store, we’re known as a vibrant, safe, and walkable shopping district, with many of our 150+ shops and restaurants located in stately 18th and 19th century brick homes.
Excursion guests quickly learn why readers of Down East and Yankee Magazines voted for Freeport as their Favorite New England Shopping Destination. MarthaStewart.com named Freeport one of “The Most Charming Small Towns to Visit During the Christmas Season” and says “There’s simply no better place to do your Christmas shopping than in Freeport, Maine.” TripAdvisor users also honored Freeport as #7 on the list of “fastest-growing destinations in the world for Americans”.
Whether it’s lobster rolls on the wharf or leisurely lunches concluded with wickedly wonderful sweets, we have the cuisine to tempt your passengers’ taste buds. Freeport offers award-winning, farm-to-table dining and features fresh seafood from local waters. All of Maine’s finest ingredients are prepared daily by our inspired chefs, who have a long history of hospitality and good taste. Time sensitive itinerary? No worries! We have plenty of delicious counter service and buffet options to choose from as well.
In addition to our talented culinary community, Freeport has a hopping craft beer scene. Maine Beer Company, Mast Landing Brewing Company, Brickyard Hollow Brewing Company, Goodfire, and more have fans of great beer adding Freeport to their list of not-to-be-missed destinations.
Freeport may be famous for its fabulous shopping district, but you can also drive less than ten minutes outside the village to find an oceanfront state park, a beach perfect for families, a mountain with beautiful views from the summit, or even a one-of-a-kind desert. Simply pick a direction and you’ll find a breathtaking natural wonder. It’s only fitting that the home of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store and their Outdoor Discovery Programs is also the destination for adventures, activities, classes and events, indoors and out, for all abilities.
Guests to Freeport during the cruise season may find themselves enjoying one of our many events or festivals! Artisans and food producers line Main Street once per month from May to September during Makers on Main, Tens of Thousands of oysters are shucked and slurped during The Maine Oyster Festival in June, L.L.Bean hosts their popular Summer in the Park events from July to September. The Freeport Fall Fall Festival features 200+ local artisans, food producers, live music and more in October.
Visit Freeport is here to assist with any questions regarding cruise visitation in Freeport. There are endless opportunities for enthralling excursions, from ocean adventures with the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs and Seacoast Tours of Freeport, to culinary tours and tastings with Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Factory and our famous Maine craft breweries. We have endless opportunities and look forward to welcoming your passengers to the experience of a lifetime.
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