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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I visited this place with my family and it was a perfect Spring day. It's worth the drive to go see it. It's one of the best places to take photos and create memories.

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Milford,Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited Portland Head Lighthouse just before sunset at it was absolutely beautiful. You can photograph the lighthouse from several different vintage points. There are several trails to walk on. It is well worth the trip to see this landmark.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Loved the trails to walk along the shore, seeing the ruins of the former fortifications, the beautiful flowers and the great preservation efforts for the Lighthouse. Unfortunately, we were not there at a time the museum was open but I look forward to returning and visit it in the future

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

As a lighthouse lover, this one is right at the top of my list! Although I have been here several times, I made a special trip to visit during Maine Open Lighthouse Day and I was extremely glad I made that visit! The location is part of the charm! The rocks and shape of the landscape is beautiful! On many... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Portland Head Light is a beautiful lighthouse with breathtaking views! The area is clean and well maintained and offers perfect photo ops. There is lots of free parking, although it is quite busy and we had to drive around for a spot on a beautiful September Sunday. A must see when visiting Portland.

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Virginia
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A well maintained public park along the waterfront, with a well maintained historic lighthouse. The views were spectacular! Could have spent much more time than our tour allowed, if every back in Portland, I will rent a car and spend more time. Warning, the bathroom facilities are port-a-johns.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting historical area not just for the light house which we did not get in to as all the tickets for the day were sold out by 10:00. The museum was very good and the walk around the area which was the site of Fort Williams was very interesting. Well worth a visit and a good place... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This Lighthouse is only available to be toured by the public 1 day per year. The remaining 364 days the public is welcome to tour the 4-room smallish museum for $2 per person. The museum is interesting and educational, but there are no guides or provision of information, Q&A, etc. The grounds and the view of the lighthouse, rocky shoreline... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

If you are in Cape Elizabeth, be sure and go to the Portland Head Light! Nice walking paths are close by providing great views of the lighthouse. Also, you can walk right up to the lighthouse for an up close view.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Beautiful, relaxing place. It's a fantastic place to walk around and just take in the scenery. Great place to stop along the way.

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