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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

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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went to Maine this past summer. our first stop is in Cape Elizabeth to visit the famous Portland Headlight. so beautiful and great location, right by beach. went there before... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
McKinney, Texas
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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

went to Maine this past summer. our first stop is in Cape Elizabeth to visit the famous Portland Headlight. so beautiful and great location, right by beach. went there before sunset and the view was just incredible. next to a huge park, also a running trail

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have lived in York County Me for a solid 3/4 of my existence (I turn 41 tomorrow) and had never been to the Head Light. The wife and I drove to Portland to go out to eat for my birthday but arived early and had to find something to do to kill time. The wife mentioned the light house... More 

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Wayne, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's the most photographed lighthouse in America! Pictures of Portland Head Light have hung in my house for twenty years, so I stop to see it whenever in Portland. Not much to do there except take another picture! And that's what we did... and it's nice. Tip: For a good portrait photo with the lighthouse in the background, walk south... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were on a Fall Foliage Tour and saw this lighthouse from our Boat Tour. We really didn't get to visit the Lighthouse. Enjoyed seeing it.

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Indianapolis, IN, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not miss this attraction - the museum is closed in October for the colder months. However, the views were breathtaking and the lighthouse architecture is attractive. We could see the coastline and the another lighthouse outside the channel to guide the ships in - these guardians keeps the ships safe. If you love the sea, make sure you get... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful lighthouse and great views in the surrounding area. Closed for the season which was disappointing but still a great landmark to see.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every turn taken offered a more magnificent view. There is a lot of space there, too with picnic tables and room for kids to run around. Beautiful photo opps and a great place to capture memories!

Thank HappyCTmama
Lee's Summit, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here mid October and the weather was perfect. Picture perfect! Very well maintained lighthouse and grounds.

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Brunswick, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the Southern Maine area this is a must see stop for tourists. You can get some beautiful photographs and the scenery is breathtaking. It's what Maine is all about!

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a bright, sunny fall day and was able to see the surf crashing against the rocks - something I don't see in Wisconsin! It was extremely picturesque.

Thank Sue J

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