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Travel Information

Venue, Hotel, and Travel Information for
Portland, Maine

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Conference Venue

The 2022 Float Conference, as well as the pre-conference Start A Center Workshop will be held at the Cross Insurance Arena.

Cross Insurance Arena

1 Civic Center Square

Portland, ME 04101


Host Hotel

The Holiday Inn by the Bay is located just 1 block from our Conference venue. The CPO Course will also be held here. 

We've contracted with our host hotel to guarantee a certain number of reservations in exchange for a discounted rate. If you can, please stay here so we can meet this goal!

Scroll down for alternative lodging options.

Holiday Inn by the Bay

88 Spring Street

Portland, ME 04101

Float Conference Rate:

$299/night (plus taxes)

We have passed the hotel reservation cut off date. Reach out to us at if you still need a room and we may be able to help. 



Getting to Portland

There are many different ways to get to Portland, Maine, and we've listed some below. Take a look at Visit Portland Maine's full list for more information. 

You can:

Getting around Portland

Portland has plenty of public transportation available. Visit Portland Maine has all the details, but some highlights are listed below.

The downtown Portland area is very walkable - bring your walking shoes!

What to Pack
for Portland, Maine

What To Pack


In late August, temperatures in Portland, ME are usually quite pleasant, ranging from the high 50s - high 70s with a good chance of rain.


Because temperatures vary greatly from room to room, we recommend wearing layers to adjust as you need to throughout the day.


Casual or business casual attire may feel most comfortable. Some attendees like to dress up a bit for the Saturday party. 


We try to provide everything you'll need, but you might like to bring a refillable water bottle or coffee cup to refill throughout the event.

Things to Do in Portland, Maine

Float Harder

Take some time before or after the conference for a relaxing visit to Float Harder. They've blocked reservations for attendees - so give them a call to schedule.

Sail Casco Bay

Join a 2 hour cruise or gather some friends for a private charter to hop aboard a Portland Schooner. Enjoy the sights and smells of Portland's beautiful Casco Bay. 

Play Disc Golf

The sporty folks might like to toss around some discs out at Pleasant Hill Disc Golf. Tee Time reservations and a prepayment of $9/person are required.

Ask Visit Portland

Visit Portland has a huge list of things to do, places to eat, and sites to see on their website. But we've listed some of the Harders' favorite things to do here. 

Thompson's Point

A great place to see shows and concerts, with a beautiful backdrop of the ocean. Thompson's Point and the surrounding eateries / drinking spots is a must see. 

Float... the River

There are a few places that offer a river float experience: Bethel Outdoor Adventure & Saco River TubingMaybe plan a day trip before or after the conference!

Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art is an inclusive space that champions open expression and makes art accessible to all. Check their website to see what's on exhibit.

Take a Hike

Portland and the surround areas are packed with a variety of hikes. Take a trip around Back Cove, Bayside Trail, or Casco Bay bridge - to name a few. 

Sky Dive

This one is for all you thrill-seekers out there. Float through the air, while enjoying views of The White Mountains and the Ocean. (Weather permitting)

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