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Portland Head Light

Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Phone Number: 207-799-2661
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Type: Lighthouses, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Walking, Shopping
Owner description: Maine's oldest lighthouse - and one of the most picturesque and most frequently photographed in the...
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Type: Lighthouses, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Walking, Shopping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Sunbury, Pennsylvania, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

the start of my new obsession... lighthouses. before this I couldn't understand why so many people were into lighthouses. I took hundreds of pictures of the beautiful scenery. after this, we stopped at at least 10 more lighthouses from Maine to Canada. the park next to it is nice as well. there were lots of people swimming, however, you wouldn't... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We stumbled upon this by accident, but it was just a very gorgeous scene. I also loved the history portion inside the small museum. Definitely worth a visit! Just go to the bathroom before going here because they do not have good bathroom facilities!

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Detroit, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

By all means, go so see this spot if you are in Portland for a bit. It delivers plenty of scenery, history and charm. The kids will love it too!

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Rising Sun, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The view was amazing.We took a lot of pictures.I'm very glad we took the time to stop and see it on our way back home.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

When in the Portland region, this is a definite stop you need to make. The views will take your breath away. They have a museum inside as well. Gorgeous!!!

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Burlington, CT
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114 reviews 114 reviews
52 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We visited here on a frigid Thanksgiving weekend. Since it was the off season there is not much going on. Accessing the lighthouse through Fort Williams Park, there is a parking lot off to the right. Just admiring the great scenery of this iconic landmark was awesome, though our photography was limited due to the cold weather. A visit to... More 

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Rockmart, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This was the most beautiful of all the places we visited. We spent a lot of time here exploring and getting photos from different angles. It's the only known light house you can actually touch most have fences/gates up or can only be visited certain dates times. Not this one!! Nice informative museum which is cheap $2 which helps preserve... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

I stumbled across this lighthouse on a ferry boat tour. Being a person that loves lighthouses, I thought I would check it out. Let me just say that the view is breathtaking! Have your camera ready!!! Since it is a working lighthouse, you can not climb up to the top. In the houses that are connected to it, there is... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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213 reviews 213 reviews
46 attraction reviews
1,131 helpful votes 1,131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Stunning lighthouse and cliff walk reminiscent of Marginal Way in Ogunquit. Here, however, the feel is a bit more rustic, because there are portions not paved, but it’s still completely safe to walk for young and old alike. There are no shops or congested paid parking lots either. While there were only a few right by the lighthouse, there’s a... More 

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I did not do too much pre-planning for the trip to Portland, ME, so was a little surprised and disappointed by how (relatively) little there is to do in the winter. Yesterday['s trip to the headlight turned that all around. It gorgeous views, perfect blue skies and a classic, well maintained feel that made this place very easy to fall... More 

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