Approximate travel time from Portland: 17 minutes one-way
Once known as the Coney Island of Maine, and later an important WW II outpost, Peaks Island today is a neighborhood within the city of Portland. Home to artists, retirees, commuters of all sorts and a substantial summer population, Peaks Island boasts a small town feel with unparalleled ocean views and access. Fourteen daily departures (20 minutes one way) from Portland make Peaks an ideal, family friendly destination.
Plan Your Trip
Your adventure begins at Forest City Landing, where Casco Bay Lines ferries have docked since the 1880’s.
- Head up the hill for one of Lisa’s famous cinnamon buns at the Peaks Café.
- Get your bearings straight by hopping on a golf cart with Island Tours, the preferred means of island transportation.
- Refresh yourself with lunch and ocean views at the Peaks Island House, Cockeyed Gull or the Inn on Peaks.
- Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring on foot or kayak or with a bike from Brad and Wyatt’s Bike Shop. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Backshore or from atop Battery Steele.
- Visit the Fifth Maine Museum for a glimpse into the island’s past and to see the newly restored battle flag of the Fifth Maine Regiment of the Civil War.
- Finish your day with a stroll along Island Avenue, where you’ll find Take a Peak, the Gem Gallery and the world’s only Umbrella Cover Museum.
- Of course, no island visit would be complete without an ice cream from Down Front.
Brad’s Island Bike Rentals & Repairs
Peaks Island, 115 Island Ave, Portland, ME, United States
Phone: (207) 766-5631
Maine Island Kayak
Peaks Island, 70 Luther St, Portland, ME, United States
Phone: (207) 766-2373
Sea kayak outfitter, instruction and sales
Casco Bay Lines Ferry Drop Off
1 Welch St, Portland, Maine 04108, United States
Visit www.cascobaylines.com for ferry service information.
Peaks Island House
Peaks Island, 20 Island Ave, Portland, ME, United States
Phone: (207) 766-5100
The 8th Maine - Oceanfront Lodge and Museum
13 Eighth Maine Ave., Peaks Island, ME
Phone: (207) 329-3530
1891 Oceanfront Civil War Lodge and Museum. 15 rooms rented per night for groups, families and individuals. Oceanfront views from wrap around porch and third floor upper deck. Self catering kitchen and dinning area with every room. Shared amenities.
Inn on Peaks Island-Inn & Restaurant
Peaks Island, 33 Island Avenue, Portland, ME 04108, United States
Phone: (207) 766-5100
Discover The Inn on Peaks Island – in the heart of Portland’s Casco Bay! Just 15 minutes by boat, it’s the perfect spot to take in an evening sunset or escape for the weekend, or a week. The Inn’s 6 Maine cottage-style luxury guest rooms feature: Jacuzzi tubs, private decks, and skyline views of Portland.
Phone: (207) 766-2800
The Cockeyed Gull, located a short distance from the Peak’s Island ferry dock, offers a friendly and intimate atmosphere for dining with family and friends. Both the open air deck and dining room offer outstanding views of Portland Harbor and the city skyline. On a clear day Mount Washington in New Hampshire can be seen. We look forward to welcoming you and offering you our traditional and innovative cuisine.
Peaks Island Electric Golf Cart Tours
Peaks Island is a 740 acre island located 3 miles from Portland. The island is jam packed with history, scenic beauty and a very laid back living style. Peaks Island Tours has been offering its highly praised electric golf cart tours to local area day trippers, “people from away”(a Maine term), and islanders returning to their roots for twelve years. Our tour guides are long time island residents who will allow you to see and hear the rest of the story. Trip Advisor rates us as a must see! Please call for reservations. We look forward to being your host! Tour pick up is across from 14 Welch St.
1/2 day, full day, weekend and weekly golf cart rentals
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
A fine arts gallery representing artists with a connection to the State of Maine, working in a variety of styles from realism to abstraction in both two and three-dimensional mediums.
Take a Peak
Peaks Island, 52 Island Ave, Portland, ME, United States
Take a Peak at our coastal gift shop offering a great assortment for men, women and children. Many custom items for Casco Bay and unique gifts for weddings and bridal parties.
Open 7 days a week during the summer and weekends in the fall and spring. Closed January – March. Bring some of the island home!