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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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Portland, Maine
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183 reviews 183 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
61 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
13 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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Washington, DC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This sight should not be missed by anyone visiting the area. The views are fabulous - literally picture-postcard-worthy from almost every vantage point. The small museum is worth the pittance it costs for a visit. The trails along the cliffs provide some great views and great exercise (although the memorial benches along the way paying tribute to departed family members... More

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Cedar Bluff, Alabama
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Incredible views, buildings are well kept. So much history there. Could not get enough of the views.

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Have always had our favorite lighthouse in Maine until we visited Portland Head Light. We now have two. The site is amazing, the park is great. Could spend hours watching and listening to the waves. A very therapeutic place.

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