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Portland Head Light

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Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Phone Number: 207-799-2661
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Walking, Shopping
Description: Maine's oldest lighthouse - and one of the most picturesque and most...
Maine's oldest lighthouse - and one of the most picturesque and most frequently photographed in the U.S. - has been in operation since 1791. Although it is closed to the public, you can stop by the adjacent museum, enjoy the grounds which include a beach, lawns and picnic areas and view boats entering and leaving the harbor.
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A Beautiful Lighthouse

Always a great place to visit. This one of my favorite places to visit and the lighthouse is one of the best on the east Coast and the best in Maine. It is located in a park that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Sophia, North Carolina
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Sophia, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

Always a great place to visit. This one of my favorite places to visit and the lighthouse is one of the best on the east Coast and the best in Maine. It is located in a park that has several areas to use. I normally only go to the lighthouse, but will explore more on the next trip.

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South Easton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We make about an annual trip to Portland Headlight. It's beautiful there which makes for great pictures. There are trails to explore which allow our family a nice stopping spot when headed to northern Maine. During the summer there is usually a mobile van where you can buy lobster rolls. However if you can get a lobster roll offsite and... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed visiting this beautiful iconic park. The lighthouse is so picturesque and it so fascinated me I even looked up the history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Great history. Scenery terrific Plenty to walk around and view. Great for photographers and history buffs

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Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We know that there are over 60 lighthouses in Maine and this is one of the famous one. And this was recommend by the Maine Narrow Gauge staff. Even the lighthouse was close by the time we arrive we still hang around the area for over two hours taking photos.

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 408 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Portland Head Light is a beautiful lighthouse, just like you've always seen in photos. If you are in the Portland, Maine area this is a must see attraction! There is plenty of parking and you can walk up to the lighthouse or view it from several areas to get those perfect iconic photos!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is the quintessential photo op when visiting Portland Maine and for good reason! The lighthouse is stunning and photographing it is a lot of fun. I'm glad I got to see it!

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Greensburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I found info on the Portland Head Light through the Yelp app on my phone. I'm really glad we went. The grounds were pretty and well-maintained, and the lighthouse was beautiful. They have a small museum next to the lighthouse (for a $2/person fee as of this writing) that gave information about the history, and pictures through the years. This... More 

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Be sure to head here when the sun is shining because the views will take your breath away. Take a walk on the cliff walk next to the headlight and you'll be able to see all the way to Portland. If you're lucky in the early morning or just before sunset, you may be able to see a cruise ship... More 

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you love lighthouses, and many people do, this is a must do stop on your Maine coast trip. Set in a lovely park with a history of its own, this iconic light was commissioned by George Washington, and is the most photographed lighthouse in the country. It has an interesting little museum in the former keepers house that you... More 

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Additional Information about Portland Head Light

Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Phone Number: 207-799-2661
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Cape Elizabeth
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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