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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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West Jordan, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I've been to this lighthouse a few times, and love coming here every time. This time, I brought my son with me. We walked around the lighthouse and took many pictures as usual. There are also many acres of grounds to walk around and explore. We walked around the cliffs, rock beach, different pathways, run down school, and other ruins... More

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Maine
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3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The lighthouse and Fort Williams are at the same location; you'll hit the #1 & #2 attractions in 1 stop. Stuff to do includes the lighthouse of course, but there's also. a nice trail along the ocean cliffs, historic ruins of the former military fort, some historic info/plaques at an old cannon site, ocean beach/swimming (rock, not sandy beach), snorkeling,... More

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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
15 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The archetypical Maine lighthouse in a beautiful, spacious and well-kept park. Great photo ops. This is why people love Maine.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Something for everyone !! The history and romance of Lighthouses, gorgeous views and well kept grounds all part Fort Williams Park that also includes Goddard Mansion. Plenty of parking and room for the kids to run, play or fly a kite.....all FREE !! I recommend planning on spending the day, pack a lunch basket and blanket to fully appreciate everything... More

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Colchester, Vermont, United States
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41 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Yes i love Nubble light down in York, but this one you can actually walk upto, and even go inside. Not just the lighthouse here, but wandering around the huge grounds. Trails along the ocean, and around the old fort beside it. Just a great way to spend an entire day. HUGE parks for large groups to come play sports,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

One of the best lighthouses on our trip. Along with the lighthouse the grounds and oceanview were nice.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The setting, history, and the scenery around the lighthouse is so enlightening. I wish we had packed a picnic and could have stayed longer. If you are a photographer, you need to spend a lot of time here.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This lighthouse is spectacular! We have visited many across the US and I do have to say this is the best. It also has great views.

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Wading River, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Located in Fort Williams Park, Portland Head Light is a perfect place to take in beautiful ocean views and get plenty of photo ops. There's a museum inside the lighthouse that charges a fee to enter, and a small gift shop right outside.

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have often wondered what it is about lighthouses that captures the human imagination. Could it be the concept of a single light enabling us to traverse strong currents of an ocean? Or maybe we enjoy the history associated with the sea and the ships and the rocky shore? Or perhaps the solitude of the lonely lighthouse keeper? I have... More

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