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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Walking, Shopping
Description: 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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A Must Do

I have been to Portland Head Light many times over the years, and I always enjoy it. It is an important Lighthouse and beautifully kept. The park is great. There are ruins of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Lehi, Utah
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Lehi, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I have been to Portland Head Light many times over the years, and I always enjoy it. It is an important Lighthouse and beautifully kept. The park is great. There are ruins of the fort and an old mansion that are intriguing for children and teenagers. My kids love to go to this park. If you are anywhere in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Definitely worth visiting! Nice grounds, walking paths, small beach area, informative lighthouse museum, family friendly and perfect spot for a picnic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

You'll want to have time to walk around the property near the light house. Each area gives you a different amazing view. All are definite photo opportunities. If you close your eyes, and listen to the crashing of the water on the rock cliffs it so centering. The park is well mapped out, and has nice signage. I went in... More 

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Bedford, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Beautiful spot regardless of the season! The cliff walk was wonderful- have visited in summer and winter.

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Florida Keys, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

You will see it over and over that this spot is picturesque that is because it truly is. Of course the lighthouse is the focal point but there is so much more. There are trails taking you along the coast of the cliffs. The entire place is maintained by the community and volunteers and they do a great job. Entry... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

There is this bizarre thing about Maine....from like Jan to April EVERY THING IS CLOSED! It is like they dont think about winter tourist?? I cant understand WHY you would ever need to close a lighthouse museum...it is indoors, right? Anyways, since we were in Maine we wanted to see ONE lighthouse! We went and thankfully it was in a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

What a beautiful coastal treasure! This light house and the surrounding walking trails as so picture-perfect it's hard to believe. My husband and I enjoyed walking around the area enjoying the beautiful views and picturesque environment. An absolute must-see in Portland!

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Portland Headlight is a must see for anyone visiting the Portland area. It is a beautiful spot and the museum is interesting. There are food vendors in the good weather and there are two playgrounds for kids plus lots of walking trails. The town has spent time and money landscaping the whole park and it is magnificent!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Great place to take pictures and to cool off on a hot day. There are walking paths and picnic tables.

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As a resident of Cape Elizabeth, the jewel that is Fort Williams and home to the Portland Head Light is a gift for us all and a free gift to the rest of the world from our town to you. There is no fee to walk along the paths and to see this beautiful light that protects so many sailors... More 

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