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Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Phone Number: 207-799-2661
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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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Breathtaking!!

I had been waiting many years to see the rocky coast of Maine. This exceeded my expectations. Standing and looking out at the ocean with the waves crashing on the jagged rocks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

We saw this on Trip Advisor and wanted to drive up from Boston and the light house. We were not disappointed what a beautiful site

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

I had been waiting many years to see the rocky coast of Maine. This exceeded my expectations. Standing and looking out at the ocean with the waves crashing on the jagged rocks, brought tears to my eyes. There is also beautiful parks to walk around, a really nice walking trail that goes along the ocean, and places where you can... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Great place for a visit and a walk. Great views of the harbor. The old fort is fun to walk through. Lots of sighs to explain the history.

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Los Angeles, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
16 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I have never been to Maine and I was irrationally excited to see this lighthouse. It didn't disappoint. It is an incredibly picturesque location. It also has a picnic area and large park that is great for families and dogs. The fact that is is free to use the grounds and visit the lighthouse is a very nice bonus. We... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Visiting Maine was part of our road trip to East Coast and Canada. Prior to mapping my trip, read an article about this lighthouse being one of the main attraction for Maine therefore I decided to go here and see it in person. We woke up at 4 am to catch sunrise at this lighthouse and sure enough, we're so... More 

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warwick, rhode island
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Portland Lighthouse is one of the most photographed and painted lights in the world. You see it everywhere, on puzzles, t-shirts, refrigerator magnets, hats and even underwear. There is a reason for this, Portland Head is an absolutely amazing place. Not only the lighthouse but the grounds and especially the views. Everything is just stunning. I love lighthouses but if... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Definitely worth visiting! Nice grounds, walking paths, small beach area, lighthouse museum, and surrounded by parkland and great picnic spots. The drive to the headlight passes through the incredible homes of Cape Elizabeth. Beautiful views of the rocky coastline and lots of opportunity to get right up close and touch the lighthouse, getting your vacation snaps from every angle you... More 

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Jay, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I just returned from a five day stay in southern Maine, and the park was the highlight of my visit! I spent 2 hours on Friday, and another hour and a half on Saturday before returning home. The grounds are a beautiful compliment to the sea, which takes center stage. Absolutely worth your time, particularly during the off season. I... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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 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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