Portland Science Center

Portland Science Center

The first and only of its kind in Maine, acting as a new educational and entertainment beacon for New England communities – the Portland Science Center – holds the most engaging and unique traveling attractions ever presented. Showcasing subject matter from education and STEM fields to cultural phenomena and the majestic marvels of the world, the Portland Science Center provides awe-inspiring exhibitions with a lasting impact.

Through our belief in the power of learning brought to life through entertainment, the Portland Science Center strives to create an engaging and sustainable exhibition center that serves the community and has a significant impact on audiences of all ages.

Utilizing renovated and reimagined space within the cultural hub of the Maine Wharf with over 15,000 square feet of premium exhibition space, the vision for the Portland Science Center is to be the prime “edu-tainment” venue to showcase the most successful exhibitions ever presented to the greater state of Maine and Northern New England.

The Portland Science Center is poised to serve as Maine’s leading destination for learning and exploration within the illuminating world of blockbuster exhibitions.

Portland Science Center Exterior near Clarion Portland


Currently on Exhibition

Real Pirates Exhibit at Portland Science Center near Clarion portland

Journey into the exciting world of real pirates and experience true adventures that are more powerful than the stuff of legends. A National Geographic exhibition, Real Pirates displays genuine artifacts from the Whydah, an 18th century pirate ship that was found off the coast of Cape Cod in 1984 by underwater explorer Barry Clifford. Feast your eyes on priceless treasures of gold and silver—some you can actually touch. Get a close-up look at the real guns and swords they brandished. Even learn the steps pirates took to fire a cannon. Find out what it was like to be a true pirate, the code of conduct they lived by and the surprisingly democratic, outlaw society they created. Their stories have been told and retold. Their adventures have filled storybook pages and movie screens. Now, get the true tale of Real Pirates, only at Portland Science Center.


The Maine Brew Bus

The Maine Brew Bus

Get ready for a fun and entertaining time on New England’s original brew bus!
A unique experience showcasing Maine’s booming craft alcohol scene this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. They offer regularly scheduled and private all-inclusive tours in the Greater Portland and Southern Maine on a bright green school bus that provides a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more.
Tours are led by knowledgeable guides in addition to a dedicated non-drinking driver to ensure the best possible experience for participating guests as well as for the businesses with which we partner. All tours feature a local snack or mail, trivia, behind-the-scenes experiences, and of course delicious beer and beverages!

Have a group coming to stay with us at the Clarion Hotel? The Maine Brew Bus can be booked for a private tour and scheduled to pick up and drop off at the hotel!

Stops on their tours could include but are not limited to:
Cellardoor Winery (at Thompson’s Point next to the Clarion Hotel)
D.L. Geary Brewing Co.
Foundation Brewing Co.
Bissell Brothers Brewing (at Thompson’s Point next to the Clarion Hotel)
Hardshore Distilling
Lone Pine Brewing
New England Distilling
Oxbow Blending and Bottling
Rising Tide Brewing Co
Stroudwater Distillery (at Thompson’s Point next to the Clarion Hotel)
Sebago Brew Pub
Rising Tide Brewing
Bunker Brewing
Fore River Brewing
Austin Street Brewing
The Run of the Mill
Dirigo Brewing Company
Funky Bow
Barreled Souls Brewing
Banded Horn Brewing
Maine Mead Works
Urban Farm Fermentory

Going to the see a Sea Dog’s Game while in town? The Maine Brew Bus also has a Sips and Sea Dogs tour!

Visit The Maine Brew Bus Site

Hadlock Field Portland ME

Hadlock Field Portland ME

Hadlock Field Portland Sea DogsHadlock Field is located off Interstate 295, near the historic Fitzpatrick Stadium, Portland Ice Arena, and Portland Exposition Building, and less than one mile from the Clarion Hotel(Image right courtesy of Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau)

This Minor League Baseball stadium in Portland, Maine is home to the Portland Sea Dogs, as well as the Portland Bulldogs and Deering Rams baseball teams. Hadlock Field Portland ME seats up to 7,368 fans.

The Sea Dogs are affiliates of the Boston Red Sox, and created the Maine Monster as a replica of the original Green Monster at Red Sox’ Fenway Park. This development led to being named one of the most unique outfields in Minor League Baseball by At the Yard Magazine. What also makes Hadlock Stadium unique is the lighthouse that rises from the centerfield fence when the Sea Dogs hit a home run or win the ball game.

Visit the Hadlock Field website for game day information.

Bring the team to our hotel, and stay near all the action! Sports fans and athletic groups from all over are invited to our Portland hotel near Hadlock Stadium. Our pet-friendly Clarion Hotel features complimentary airport shuttle service from 4:30am-11:00pm; free wireless high-speed Internet access, fitness room, heated indoor pool, meeting rooms, and onsite restaurant. We have all the features of a full-service hotel for an unbeatable value!

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Maine Medical Center

Maine Medical Center

The Maine Medical Center (MMC) is just one mile from the Clarion Hotel Portland ME. With such close proximity and a complimentary shuttle to the hospital, guests staying at our hotel will find convenience as well as comfort.

The Maine Medical Center is the premier tertiary care center for northern New England offering services that are not available anywhere else in the state. MMC was rated the fourth safest hospital in the U.S., and the nursing staff was rated in the top 3% worldwide for nursing excellence. Maine Health also serves as a community hospital with 637 licensed beds for the people of greater Portland.

The hospital has comprehensive inpatient services and outpatient clinics providing day surgery, laboratory services, cardiac catheterization, and rehabilitation services. There are also preventive and consultation services including the MMC Diabetes Center, the AIDS Consultation Service, and the Center for Lipids and Cardiovascular Health. Centers of excellence are being developed in cancer care, heart care, children’s services, and other areas.

Visit the Maine Medical Center website for more information.

Our Portland Hotel near Maine Medical Center offers the comfortable ambiance and valuable amenities you need after visiting a hospital patient, undergoing a medical procedure, or working long hours onsite. Enjoy a hot breakfast each morning in the dining room, and complimentary shuttle service to the hospital.

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Visitors, patients and employees of Mercy Hospital are invited to stay with us at the Clarion Hotel. We are just 1.8 miles from Mercy Hospital and extend our complimentary shuttle services to the hospital campus.

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Merrill Auditorium Portland Maine

Merrill Auditorium Portland Maine

Merrill Auditorium is a 1,900-seat performing arts auditorium located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, Maine, and just 5 minutes from Clarion Hotel Airport.

The auditorium underwent extensive renovations in 1997 including improved acoustics, sightlines and stage facilities, and the Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, a celebrated instrument from an extraordinary musician, was incorporated into the stage. Since the restoration, Merrill Auditorium has established itself as one of New England’s finest performing arts centers providing a diverse variety of programming for the region.

Merrill Auditorium Portland Maine is home to the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Portland Ovations along with other operas and Broadway shows. Many famous and internationally recognized performers have graced the stage throughout its history including John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin, Vladimir Horowitz, Ray Charles, Yo Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, BB King, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco, Clint Black, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jackson Browne.

Visit the Merrill Auditorium website for event and ticket information.

Begin your evening with dinner onsite in the warm, inviting environment of our dining room at the Clarion Hotel. After viewing a mesmerizing performance, come home to our comfortable guest rooms with plush bedding, fluffy pillows, and fine bath amenities. Our hotel near the Merrill Auditorium embraces all the features of an upscale downtown hotel without having to pay the downtown prices!

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Old Port Portland Maine

Old Port Portland Maine

Old Port Downtown Portland Maine
Image courtesy of Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A two mile drive from the Clarion Hotel will put you on the cobblestone streets of Old Port in Portland Maine. Old Port is ideal for strolling travelers, diners, shoppers or pub goers looking for award winning restaurants, galleries, and plenty of boutiques and shops. From the working waterfront to the vibrant Arts District, this historic seacoast town has something for everyone!

In addition to showcasing many picturesque islands throughout the bay, Portland also stands as one of the few working waterfronts left in the US, standing in as New England’s second largest fishing port. Portland, Maine’s largest city, is also the second largest oil port on the East Coast and the largest foreign inbound transit tonnage port in the United States!

Visit Portland’s Downtown District website for more information on Old Port.

Our conveniently located hotel near downtown Portland offers all the comforts of home and value for your dollar. The pet-friendly Clarion Hotel features a convenient location, comfortable accommodations, and outstanding guest services. Enjoy all the luxuries of staying near downtown at a value you can afford!

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St Joseph College Maine

St Joseph College Maine

Saint Joseph's College of Maine Campus
Images on this page courtesy of Saint Joseph’s College.

Be sure to stay at our Clarion Hotel when visiting Saint Joseph’s College of Maine; our hotel is just 19 miles from the campus. Saint Joseph’s is more than an academic experience; the school also focuses on intellectual, spiritual and social growth in students of all ages and faiths.

Saint Joseph's College of MaineThis 350-acre Roman Catholic liberal arts college sits along the shore of beautiful Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine. Saint Joseph’s College offers more than 40 majors and minors including biology, business administration, chemistry, communications, nursing, sociology and much more. The college also features partnership degree programs for pre-engineering, pre-pharmacy, pre- physician assistant, and pre-optometry.

Visit the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine website for more information.

Whether you are attending sports events, visiting students, or touring the campus, stay at our pet-friendly hotel near Saint Joseph’s College for comfort, convenience, outstanding service, and high-quality lodging at an affordable rate. If you are traveling to the college with a sports team or other group, visit our Portland Groups page for information on group reservations.

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University Of Southern Maine

University Of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is just one mile from the Clarion Hotel in Portland ME. USM is northern New England’s top comprehensive university dedicated to providing students with high-quality, accessible, and affordable education.

Distinguished for their teaching, creative research and scholarly publication, the USM faculty stays committed to fostering a spirit of higher learning, critical analysis and community participation from their students.

The University advocates academic freedom and diversity in all aspects of campus life for students, faculty, and staff. University of Southern Maine is comprised of five academic units:

  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • College of Management and Human Service
  • College of Science, Technology, and Health
  • Lewiston-Auburn College
  • University of Maine School of Law

Visit the University of Southern Maine website for more information.

Whether you are working onsite, visiting students, touring the campus, or attending graduation or sports events, stay at our pet-friendly hotel near the University of Southern Maine. The Clarion Hotel offers easy access to the college, outstanding guest services, and high quality lodging options at an affordable rate. If you are traveling with a group, visit our Portland Group Accommodations page.

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