Introduction to South Portland, Maine
South Portland, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 1 mile SE of Portland, Maine and 97 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The people of the city are in the Portland metropolitan area. South Portland has a population of 23,324.
South Portland History
South Portland was first settled by Europeans in 1630. In 1808, Fort Preble was established on South Portland's waterfront in order to protect the Portland Harbor. The area was incorporated as a town on March 15, 1895. Prior to its incorporation, it was a part of Cape Elizabeth. South Portland gained the status of a city in 1898. The Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corporation was established in this area in 1940.
South Portland and nearby Attractions
- Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
- Portland Harbor Museum
- Crescent Beach State Park
- Victoria Mansion
- Two Lights State Park
- Eagle Island State Historic Site
Things To Do In South Portland
Local parks include Mill Creek Park, Willard Square and Hinckley Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at the South Portland Municipal Golf Course or at the Sable Oaks Golf Club. The Portland Harbor Museum is nearby as well. Local shopping centers include the Mall Plaza Shopping Center, the Cornerbrook Shopping Center and Maine Mall.
South Portland Transportation
Portland International is the nearest major airport.
South Portland Higher Education
Southern Maine Technical College is located in South Portland. The University of Southern Maine, Saint Josephs College and the University of New England-University Campus are close by as well.