cultural and recreational opportunities

The Cedars Insider’s Guide: Cultural and Recreational Opportunities in Portland, Maine

The Cedars campus is within ten minutes of hundreds of great restaurants, shops, the waterfront, parks, walking trails, pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, symphony, theater, art galleries and all of the energy of Maine’s social, cultural and economic capital.

Unlike some other communities, life here easily connects to opportunities beyond our campus to encourage involvement in and enjoyment of the larger community. Our seniors, whether in independent living, assisted living, our rehabilitation center or skilled nursing care, know all the best places to go and the best things to do for seniors lucky enough to live in Portland and southern Maine.

Our seniors recommend … music:

“World, eclectic and acoustic concerts at One Longfellow Square .“

Free Sunset Folk Series concerts on the Western Promenade – the architecture and the view are as good as the music.”

“Volunteer as an Usher at Merrill Auditorium, and see world-class shows in a stunning venue for free!”

The Kotzschmar Organ is the oldest working municipal pipe organ in the counCulture and Recreation at The Cedars Portland, Mainetry.”
PORTOperaholds open admission master classes.”

Our seniors recommend … theater:
“See a play at Lucid Theater.” 

“Laugh out load at the Maine Comedy Connection on the waterfront.”

“Before you see a play at Portland Stage Company, attend a Page to Stage discussion at the Portland Public Library. Bring your lunch – and get an insider’s perspective on the play.”
Portland Ovations brings national acts right to our city.”

Our seniors recommend … dining:
“Browse the Deering Oaks Farmers Market on Saturday morning.”  

Try a Cooking School class at Stonewall Kitchen in the Old Port.” 

Our seniors recommend … museums and galleries:
“Did you know the Portland Museum of Art offers free admission on Friday evenings?”

“Try a First Friday Art Walk in the Arts District – there is music, free transportation downtown, and great art.”

The Museum of African Culture is a hidden gem.”

The Maine Historical Society has fascinating exhibits, and online archives.”,

“Go exploring – in The Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine. Oh and the courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are not to be missed.”

Our seniors recommend … shopping:
The Old Port. Boutiques, restaurants, buskers …”

“Kittery is less than an hour away – and has so many places to shop.”

“A walkable, historic village packed with great shops – Freeport is a short drive away.”

Our seniors recommend … sightseeing:
“Enjoy anafternoon or sunset cruise on a Schooner in Casco Bay.”

“Hop aboard Casco Bay Ferries to one of the islands, or just to spend time on the water on a hot day.”

“Long walks on Baxter Boulevard give you a wonderful view of the city and the Back Bay – and a great workout.”

“Explore Portland on foot with Portland Trails.”