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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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Worth the Short Ride from within Portland

Great tourist attraction and excellent opportunities for photographs. Parking is tight but have patience and a spot will open relatively quickly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Roanoke, Virginia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Visited after dinner one evening and enjoyed the scenery, breeze, and photogenic lighthouse. There is a museum and gift shop on the premises (closed when we were there) as well as multiple walking trails, a public beach and lots of picnicking areas. The lighthouse is iconic and a great spot to watch the comings and goings on the bay. Bring... More 

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This place is must see when you go to Portland area. Has a great view and large area to walk around. Just overall majestic area.

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Athens, Georgia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The Portland Head Light is a lighthouse that was finished in 1791. It's a short drive from Portland in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The area is part of a large park that has great water views and beautiful flowers. A picnic there would be a blast. There is no fee for the park but they have a museum at the lighthouse... More 

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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Great tourist attraction and excellent opportunities for photographs. Parking is tight but have patience and a spot will open relatively quickly.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It was a clear day when we visited and the view was stunning. Very photogenic location. Lots of parking with only a short walk to the lighthouse. There is a small museum and a gift shop. This would be a great place for a picnic. There was no fee to visit the park, but there is a small fee for... More 

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Rossville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

George Washington commissioned this lighthouse. It's always beautiful and majestic! It's easy to get to! There's an extreme amount of free parking available. There's a gift shop. There are many different view points for pictures. This is our second favorite lighthouse. The Nubble is our favorite! This is also beautiful when the fog begins to roll in off the bay.

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Moreno Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I spent several hours here on a visit to Maine. It was beautiful! I'd return on another visit if I was able to!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A "must visit" if you are near Portland, ME. The lighthouse itself was closed by the time we arrived in late afternoon, but we were able to walk all around the grounds and down to the rocky shore. A highlight of our day, as we took in the beauty of the walking trail and craggy water's edge. No fee was... More 

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Perdido Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place, very nice, clean. Historical sites, very informative. Nice gift shop. Good place for family's and children.

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited this park and lighthouse and really enjoyed the views of the bay as well as being able to approach the lighthouse. It was only a short drive from downtown and there was plenty of parking. I got the feeling that both locals and tourists enjoy visiting. There was a bridal party getting photographed, what a great backdrop...

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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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