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Portland Head Light

1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
207-799-2661
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Type: Lighthouses, Museums, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Walking, Shopping
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Owner description: 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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Porter, ME
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Portland Headlight is one of my favorite places on earth. When the stress of the cubicle life gets to me I often imagine I am here again just listening to the ocean breakwater surrounded by the gorgeous scenery. If you're feeling more adventurous you can explore the fort and climb on the rugged coastline. It offers tennis courts, a small... More

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Naples
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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful. Take the path around the light house, read the placards and enjoy the views. The only thing better is to go in late fall like I did. Amazing.

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Galveston, Texas
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We had a wonderful time at the Portland Head Light. It was a great park with a lot of things to check out. The lighthouse its self was really wonderful. Iconic to say the least. There's a good bit to explore in the area so be sure to take your time. Well worth the trip out to see it.

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Painesville, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We make sure to drive by the Portland Head Lighthouse every time we go to Maine. It is just a beautiful setting and very picturesque. I actually have this particular photo on my cell phone to remind me of the great time that was had while in Maine.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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45 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We love to visit lighthouses, and this was definitely a good choice on our visit to Maine. While driving through a somewhat residential area, you take a turn into a park, and then - bam! - you are at the lighthouse. As you may have seen elsewhere, during the winter months, the place is essentially closed (mostly for safety reasons).... More

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The lighthouse is one of the best we have visited. The secenery in the area was beaufiful with the last remnents of fall color showing. This was also a beautiful drive along the coast.

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Carrollton, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Whenever we're anywhere near Portland, we visit this beautiful lighthouse. We've never gotten tired of its majestic beauty. We're from Georgia and usually only see the green water of the gulf so we delight in the color of its surrounding gorgeous blue water of the Atlantic. We hope the people who live near the lighthouse are grateful for it's presence.... More

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Easley, South Carolina
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17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Traveling on a business trip and stopped in for some photos. Great little area, felt very safe to walk around alone. Beautiful photos and an overall neat experience.

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I am fortunate enough to live across the street from Portland Head Light and have the pleasure of walking my dogs in this park every day. The views of the Atlantic with the islands and lighthouses in the distance are fantastic. The park's cliff walk is a moderate paced short distance worth taking. There are several benches along the way... More

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United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Went on a rather cold rainy day (pretty much raw day). It was so beautiful and held a couple surprises (second light in the dista/ce and a for WWII). It is so well maintained and beautiful. I was.surprised and happy to see that it still works. Would love to go back on a better day and spend more time. Was... More

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