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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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Picturesque Lighthouse

Unfortunately, we got here just as they were closing so we didn't make it inside, but it was still worth it. This is my favorite lighthouse I've been to in Maine and we loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Melinda P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, we got here just as they were closing so we didn't make it inside, but it was still worth it. This is my favorite lighthouse I've been to in Maine and we loved walking around it, snapping pictures, and enjoying the grounds. Beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our favorite of the lighthouses along the coast of Maine. You could get right up close to it and the parking was free. The surrounding area was nice also.

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Walden, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Headlight and it's environs should not be missed. The area around Cape Elizabeth is beautiful and the Headlight is the highlight!

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't go in because it was closed in the winter but my friends and I really wanted to see it so we drove up there even though it was freezing out and snowing. Absolutely beautiful! This place is gorgeous. We were only there for about 20 minutes because we couldn't tolerate the cold anymore and still I would say... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was nice to visit the Portland Head Light park area. We took a small hike through some of the shoreline and old bunker-looking houses. A good day trip. Great hill for kids to fly kites and for a picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is a reason this is one of the world's most photographed lighthouses. It is simply so beautiful. The surrounding area and the shore walk make this a very enjoyable spot. Love to stop and have a summer picnic here and watch kids with kites, smell the salt air and visit with this beautiful lighthouse in the background.

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Berkeley Shores, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here as part of an excursion group while on a week long cruise. The views are absolutely breathtaking. There was really something magical to this place. We walked along the the cliff which over looks the Atlantic ocean and they are filled with small flowers and butterflies during the right time of year. The smell of sea air is... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

The museum was closed in early January, but we were still able to wander around the property, climb some of the abandoned military buildings, and walk down to the rocky beach. Still a fun afternoon on a warm(er) winter day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

The best place to visit in Maine, amazing view in the east cost. It's cold the last months of the year, so be sure you have a good coat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best scenic sites in the United States . It is a really beautiful place to be with your family. A perfect picnic spot !! Best place for amazing pictures. It is one of the perfect place to be on a winter morning with a landscape beautified by snow and ocean together.

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