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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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Cambridge, MA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Portland Head Light is in a pleasant park in Cape Elizabeth, south of Portland, and well worth a trip if you are in the area. We just made the trip with a friend from overseas, to show her the essence of Maine. This stunningly beautiful lighthouse was built in the 1790s and was automated in the 1980s. Between those... More

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NH
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Lovely sight with lots of walking paths and a lighthouse to boot. Ocean views of the harbor allow sights of cruises and other boaters.

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Florida Keys, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Portland Head Lighthouse is a beautiful place to see. We couldn`t of had a better day .The park was perfect and spotless to perfection. Go see it !!

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Vernon, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Loved this lighthouse! There are plenty of trails to walk on to get pictures from different views. They even have a cute gift shop. Just make sure that you don't go when its foggy because you wont see a thing! We went early in the morning and it was foggy bad idea. Then we returned once it cleared up and... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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86 reviews 86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful spot - You can park and take a walk up the cliff side or simply drive up to the light house. There is plenty of parking and the grounds are meticulously kept. There are great vistas and wonderful places to picnic. If you are into kite flying - go here! The light house is preserved beautifully... More

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Darien, Connecticut
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We had a great walk around Fort Williams Park, which included a stop for pictures at the lighthouse. A great view and a very nice place to be on a day with good weather. Highly recommended if you're in the Portland area for a few days.

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Brooklyn, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Although not opened to the public, the grounds are beautiful. Great place to take wonder photographs..the lighthouse is surrounded by granite slabs and the icy cold Atlantic Ocean..there a small museum for a fee and gift shop...this is located in Ft williams park..you can spend an entire day here at the beach or picnicking on the great manicured lawns

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Newton, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This is a great Maine experience - very pretty lighthouse. The nice thing about it is that you can park at the bottom and then take this very pretty 15 minute cliff walk up, or if you don't want to, just drive up. We walked - nice winding but easy walk along the coastline, pretty rocks, water, plants - everything... More

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New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

We visited the lighthouse during a beautiful day. There were families and people of all ages viewing the lighthouse and park. There had been bad storms the day before, so the surf was a little rough. We were happy to see the boats and the park itself.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite Light Houses to visit. We go many times on the motorcycle. There is a restaurant nearby with a great view of the ocean too. Also some trails and water to explore.

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