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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
Owner description: Maine's oldest lighthouse - and one of the most picturesque and most frequently photographed in the...
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Type: Lighthouses, Museums, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Walking, Shopping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

In a free park surrounded by old ruins, charming with its christmas wreath- small fee to enter but it's for the support and maintenance well worth it- make sure you bring your camera. Must see lighthouse in Maine

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New Haven, Connecticut
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

It's lovely to visit this lighthouse in any season. Spacious grounds of Fort Williams are a perfect backdrop. Ample parking and a cute gift shop. Beautiful view of Portland and Casco Bay. Great little "beachy" spot in the summer too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The most picturesque lighthouse in America you won't want to miss this. Lovely. Don't forget your camera.

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Naples, Italy
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I knew I would love the lighthouse, which was every bit as charming in person as in all the pictures, but the surprise was that this lighthouse is on a property maintained by the local city. It was free to both park and walk around. There was a fee to enter the lighthouse, but really we go here for the... More 

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New York
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This game he went to this lighthouse it was cold and crisp but a clear sunny day....but we really enjoyed the view...The waves were crashing up against the rocks it was just an amazing place to visit...there are some other things to visit while you walk around the property you can really enjoy yourself here...definitely recommend stopping by

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This was my favorite stop on our recent trip to coastal Maine. The lighthouse and it's adjoining park are easily accessible and well marked. Parking is free but the beach and lighthouse are maintained by the city not the state. So, there are only port-a-potties on site and limited trash receptacles. There is wheelchair/stroller accessibility to the lighthouse but not... More 

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Porter, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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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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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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