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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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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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Took a 2 hour cruise around Casio bay and seeing this historical lighthouse from the water was the highlight. Don't miss it and see it from the water if possible. You'll be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We heard so much about this lighthouse and have seen so many photos of it that we made a point of going this time. It is within a park with an old fort. It is very pretty and the view is lovely. We didn't have time to actually go inside, but walked the trail to the lighthouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Took a 2 hour cruise around Casio bay and seeing this historical lighthouse from the water was the highlight. Don't miss it and see it from the water if possible. You'll be surrounded by seals too!

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Stafford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Just beautiful. The lighthouse and views are spectacular. A must see in Maine. Great to walk around to see the water and waves crashing on shore. Nice little gift shop and museum as well. Definitely bring your camera.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This has to be one of the most beautiful places I have been to with the least visibility - absolutely stunning! Make the short trip up from Boston.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you only see one lighthouse in Maine, this should be the one. At sunset, I spent about an hour and half at this site just soaking up the maritime atmosphere. The lighthouse, the waves crashing against the craggy shoreline, the ships bobbing in the ocean off in the distance, the sound of the fog horns and singing of the... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The picture perfect postcard view of a lighthouse! We started off with a picnic breakfast at a picnic table in Fort Williams with a clear view of the lighthouse in the morning. Then spent time exploring Fort Williams (I'll save that for a different review - but it's fantastic too) and then arrived at the lighthouse just in time for... More 

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Levittown, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great stop. We were only in Maine for 2 days and trying to squeeze in as much as possible. We spend several hours here but could have spend much longer. It is beautiful and fun to walk around and see the lighthouse, coast line and park. Great to walk/climb down on the rocks and explore. When we return we will... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were driving from Boston to Maine and this was our stop to stretch our legs. It was so foggy and we were a bit disappointed that we couldn't get better pics of this beautiful place. In no time at all, the fog lifted and we were able to enjoy the lovely scenery.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It is worth a visit to Portland Head Light. We had visited years ago but were glad we returned. The views are stunning. There is a walkway along the water where you can stop and enjoy the view and take pictures. There's a small gift shop with nice merchandise and a small museum with a fee ($2.00) at the base... More 

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New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Great location, green park, small attractive beach, ambience, museum and tons of parking make this a must visit attraction!

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