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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
Activities: Walking, Shopping
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... more » 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. « less
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Sarasota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was our last stop while driving home to Florida after touring the Maine coastline and Acadia National Park. I was so excited to see this lighthouse and it did not disappoint. There is a lot of history and the park around the lighthouse is wonderful to sit and picnic as well. It's true that the lighthouse is fenced in... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I parked outside the gates and walked into the park since it was such a beautiful day! The grounds are amazing. Entrance is free and there are plenty of trails along the cliffs to take wonderful pics of portland head light. The best food truck ever for lobster rolls 'take a bite out of maine' is located... More

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Sidney, New York, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was one of our favorite places to visit while in Maine. The beauty of the light house is great, but the landscape is awe inspiring! I must have shot a couple hundred photos of rock clifts, waves crashing on them, ships of various kinds and sizes and not to menton the light house.

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SIDNEY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The landscape that surrounds the lighthouse is absolutely stunning!!! We spent 3 hours just wandering around Fort Williams and gazing at the beauty of it all. You could see the lighthouse well from several different vantage points. The view of the waves hitting the coast and the beauty of the landscape in general are beyond words. My favorite stop by... More

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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111 reviews 111 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful lighthouse and surrounding grounds. It is a famous lighthouse and we took the time to take the long winding road to find it. My husband enjoyed reading the history of the place while I took pictures. Plenty of parking available.

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Dallas, Texas
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

While planning our very short visit to Portland, we found on the internet a driving route that would let us view the six lighthouses that are within 20 minutes of the city. Portland Head Light was undoubtedly the highlight! We visited on a beautiful day that accentuated the blues of the sea and the sky as well as the colors... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Absolutely stunning.. Plan a return trip with more time to explore! Perfect place fir family event or date day with your special someone!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The water was cold but the scenery was beautiful! They have a small gift shop and lots of parking. Perfect photo ops! Worth the trip!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

When I pulled up to the gate about 30 minutes before sunrise, the gates were locked and I had no way of driving in. I attempted to call park services but the calls went straight to voicemail. the gates still hadn’t opened with about 10 minutes to go until sunrise, so out of desperation, I left the car at the... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Been here before and will come again. This lighthouse and it's setting is breathtaking. This is a classic example of a lighthouse and the museum (small fee and about a hour's time) is very good and informative. Parking lots are convenient - some are a long walk. Picnic facilities. Some old fort facilities and gun houses are good exploring sites... More

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