Portland, Maine audio tour: The Eastern Promenade in All Seasons

The Eastern Promenade in All Seasons

Walking Tour

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25 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

This scenic walk brings you through one of the most beautiful vistas in Portland, Maine. It starts with a spectacular overlook of Portland Harbor, Casco Bay and the islands, and continues down by the waterfront to East End Beach.

Along the way, you’ll hear stories from a local about what it was like growing up on Munjoy Hill and having access to the Eastern Prom. As you cross the railroad tracks, you’ll hear from the engineers that keep the historic steam engines running. Included are tips on what birds to look out for depending on the time of year.

Put on a pair of headphones and start the tour by downloading the app. The audio plays automatically at exactly the right place using your smartphone’s GPS. You may pause the walk at any time to take in the view.

This self-guided tour is narrated by Dianne Ballon - a sound artist, sound designer and an avid bird watcher. She invites you to discover through sight and sound the Eastern Promenade — a place she returns to in all seasons.

Tour Producer

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Dianne Ballon

I am a sound artist and sound designer. My sound works have aired nationally on National Public Radio. I am also a bird watcher. And, bird watchers experience the world through sound because you are always stopping, looking and listening, just like walking. I invite you to discover through sight and sound the Eastern Promenade, a place I walk - in all seasons. https://dianneballonsound.com

Major Landmarks

Directions to Starting Point

The walk begins at the corner of Fort Allen Park next to the hi-rise.
Continue on Fore Street (which become Eastern Promenade) all the way up the hill until the view opens up. On your right is the only high rise building. The starting point begins at the walkway by the corner of the only high rise building and Fort Allen Park. Park along the right hand side of the road from the condo building. Or, continue to a parking lot on your right.
From the North:
Route 295 South
Exit 7-- Rt. 1 / Franklin Street
Right at end of Exit: stay in middle lane, which turns into left lane.
After a series of intersections, turn left on Fore Street.
Follow Fore Street all the way up to Fort Allen Park.

From the South:
Route 295 North
Exit 7-- Rt. 1 / Franklin Street
Stay in middle lane, which turns into left lane.
After a series of intersections, turn left on Fore Street.
Follow Fore Street all the way up to Fort Allen Park.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

There are many places to stop and sit down along the way to take in the sights and the view.

Best time of day

Any time is good, but sunset is beautiful.

Precautions

The park is well used by walkers, joggers and bicyclists. In the very early morning, less so. Take the usual precautions walking the trail when more isolated.

Comments

Very enjoyable and informative!

Posted by W. Rucker , over 5 years ago
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The Eastern Promenade in All Seasons