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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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Washington DC
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167 reviews 167 reviews
68 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely lighthouse, and beautifully kept up. Though I have to say that with the wind blowing and the cold coming on at the end of October, I pity the family who lived here year round. Thank goodness there were people who were prepared to work the lights, keeping sailors safe from the rocks.

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Hammond, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

As I am a lighthouse fanatic, this one is the best I've seen. And the grounds called Ft. Williams is also something you should walk around and see.

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Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I have seen lots of photos of this Lighthouse and even have a painting of it. I have always wanted to see it in person and I am so glad I did. It is stunning. Just as beautiful as all the pictures I have seen. You shouldn't go to Portland without seeing this. We had a car and drove here,... More

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Portland, Maine
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187 reviews 187 reviews
3 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This landmark is one of the most well - known, if not the most popular, lighthouse in Maine. They are all beautiful and historical, but Portland Headlight, located on the Coast in Cape Elizabeth on the ground of Fort Williams Park, is a go to crowd pleaser and just so majestic. Every time we have guests or just on a... More

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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123 reviews 123 reviews
62 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This was our favorite lighthouse that we saw when spending 2 weeks in New England. It was very beautiful, as were the surrounding grounds. If you want to see a lighthouse on your trip, this is the one to stop at.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Portland Head light in Cape Elizabeth is just 10-15 minutes from the Portland port area by car. Cross the bridge and straight ahead. The lighthouse is located in a very beautiful park. No fees. Try to go 1 hour before the sunset. Gourgeous.

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Colorado
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184 reviews 184 reviews
13 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The only word that can cover the Portland Head Light. The setting on the coast, The view, The history. All spectacular. If you can only visit one lighthouse in your life time, this should be it. Don't be a cheapskate and skip the little museum. The few dollars spent will give you a wealth of knowledge about the lighthouse and... More

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Imperial Beach, California, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Portland Head light is THE MOST ICONIC lighthouse I've ever photographed (and I've shot a lot of lighthouses over the years). Blessed with a sunny day, I captured this beautiful icon from every angle possible. I chose this view because of the wave action and a view of the Ram Island light about a mile away. Hints: (1)Try to arrive... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We took a bus tour of the Lighthouses in Portland, some were very small and not that good, but once you reach Head Light, make sure to schedule extra time. Our tour guide said this is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the USA. Beautiful pictures like postcards.. Also while you are there make sure and go by the... More

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Elgin, Texas
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92 reviews 92 reviews
52 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Must see location in Portland, Maine. Spend time walking around old Fort Williams, see where the Annie c. Maguire crashed. Spend time enjoying the view around the lighthouse.

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