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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Bass Harbor, ME
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: One of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.
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Suffield, OH
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

got up super early and was at the light house at 615am for sunrise. The path down is steep and had a lot of stairs (wood and stone). The path can be a little dangerous so you need to pay attention. Sunlight peaking up and then on light house was awesome. This was a true highlight of the trip. Would... More

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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123 reviews 123 reviews
62 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is neat if you haven't yet seen a lighthouse in New England, but it is really small is is not all that exciting.

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Wells, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Nice ride to the other side of Mt Desert Island. Pleasant walk on trail to view the lighthouse and water. Lots of places to stop for ice cream etweenthere and Bar Harbor

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Danbury, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Okay looking lighthouse, but very hard to find parking. Many cars pulling into the lot with very few spaces. You can find better looking lighthouse along the coast of Maine.

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Bedford, England
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355 reviews 355 reviews
233 attraction reviews
570 helpful votes 570 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We cannot understand why the reviews are so good for this lighthouse. We were distinctly under-whelmed by this small example of Maine lighthouses. It's a long drive if you going here specifically for this, lucklily we only stopped on our way past. Not recommended.

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San Mateo, CA
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192 reviews 192 reviews
55 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We were staying in Southwest Harbor so the lighthouse was not far from us. We went early in the morning (9ish) and got there before the crowds. When looking at the lighthouse from the parking lot, look to your left and you will see a trail that leads you to a flight of steps that offers you a great view... More

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Buffalo, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

So far maybe I am the only member who writes a negative review about Bass Harbor head light. But this review is based on my family trip with young kids in the afternoon in late August Personally, I was so disappointed at this attraction. Before I left Acadia national park, I made my decision to visit Bass Harbor head lighthouse... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We were directed to this lighthouse by our waiter in Bar Harbor. The light is red and is a cheerful sign along the coast.

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Richmond, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Bass Harbor Head is worth a visit when in the Acadia NP area. Views of the light are good from the paved ramp, but better from the trails, which do require a little effort. Be mindful of the tides if you plan to climb out on the rocks for an extended stay.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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156 reviews 156 reviews
36 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We made a point to go and see this lighthouse and we were glad we did. We took both paths around it so we could really get a feel for the place. The paved path was much easier to do than the short trail through the woods to the rocky shore, so there is an option depending on your abilities... More

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