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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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quick ride from Portland

Traveling to this lighthouse is a must if you're staying in Portland. The grounds are beautiful and its an easy walk to the lighthouse. Very pet friendly and there is a walking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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New York City, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Traveling to this lighthouse is a must if you're staying in Portland. The grounds are beautiful and its an easy walk to the lighthouse. Very pet friendly and there is a walking trail along the coast where you can bring your pet. There are plenty of picnic tables and grass if you'd like to make a day out of this... More 

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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Easy to spend several hours at this classic lighthouse surrounded by beautifully manicured parks, beach and gardens. Today was foggy which added to the experience but equally beautiful in any weather. Fabulous views of the ocean and usually plenty of parking.

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Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you want pictures of a lovely lighthouse by the sea, you should stop. The area also housed military installations for part of it's history, some interpretive signage is available.

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Havelock, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Amazing scenery and great lighthouse. The area is gorgeous and there is tons of land to walk around on. Great picnic area. You can't go inside the lighthouse, but there is a museum there.

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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My friends and I took a girls road trip, and we rode through Maine. There are several light houses, but the Portland Headlight in Fort Williams was absolutely beautiful!! The view was breathtaking!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Really Nice Lighthouse with great views! Nice cliff to walk along and snap photos! They also have a museum in the lighthouse but it doesn't open till summer. Beautiful grounds to walk around. We're from the south so this a something we don't see often!

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We saw this on Trip Advisor and wanted to drive up from Boston and the light house. We were not disappointed what a beautiful site

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I had been waiting many years to see the rocky coast of Maine. This exceeded my expectations. Standing and looking out at the ocean with the waves crashing on the jagged rocks, brought tears to my eyes. There is also beautiful parks to walk around, a really nice walking trail that goes along the ocean, and places where you can... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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143 reviews 143 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Great place for a visit and a walk. Great views of the harbor. The old fort is fun to walk through. Lots of sighs to explain the history.

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Los Angeles, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
16 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I have never been to Maine and I was irrationally excited to see this lighthouse. It didn't disappoint. It is an incredibly picturesque location. It also has a picnic area and large park that is great for families and dogs. The fact that is is free to use the grounds and visit the lighthouse is a very nice bonus. We... More 

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