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Address: South Portland, ME
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Right next to Willard Beach and the light house

It is a pretty small site but still worth visiting. Wonderful views of the ocean and nearby casco bay islands. Parking can be tight but you can use public transportation and be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Shelley K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a pretty small site but still worth visiting. Wonderful views of the ocean and nearby casco bay islands. Parking can be tight but you can use public transportation and be dropped off very nearby.

Thank Shelley K
Palm Harbor, Florida
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10 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Talk to the lady at the gift stand. She was the best part of the place. We were too timid to try the breakwater walk on those huge pieces of rock with gaps to step over. First rock you step on rocks. Beware! Ask the gift shop lady about the Germans landing near here in WWII to get groceries.

Thank Ron A
Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I went to view the parade of the tall ships coming into the Portland Harbor this week and wasn't disappointed. Not only can you walk around the area of the Fort, you can see the Spring Point Lighthouse, bike, visit the campus of Southern Maine Community College, picnic, and for me, take wonderful photographs of the harbor, the Portland Skyline,... More 

Thank Shutterbug04101
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A central feature of the Spring Point Shoreway, the remains of Fort Preble form an architecturally interesting backdrop for a leisurely stroll along Casco Bay with stunning views of Maine's famed islands and Spring Point Light, one of few lighthouses regularly open to the public.

1 Thank EyeForDetailsME
Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Although not staffed with docents, Fort Preble is interesting-enough to warrant a visit on an outing to view lighthouses in the Greater Portland area. It is located adjacent to Spring Point Ledge Light and has Portland Harbor Museum within its boundaries on the campus of Southern Maine Community College. So, you get three attractions on this one stop; and, that... More 

6 Thank Maurene_K
South Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Located on the grounds of Southern Maine Community College. See the granite walls, the locations where cannons once protected Portland Harbor. Look across the harbor to Fort Gorges, and House Island (Fort Trammel), or south towards Portland Headlight that George Washington ordered to be built. During the Civil War, and early wars, 32 pound cannons protected the harbor. No, the... More 

2 Thank Sid D
New England, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

It's beautiful here. Things to do: picnic Sketch, photograph Jump small waves Throw rocks in water Explore old fort remnants Fly kites Snorkel Visit the lighthouse Play frisbee, wiffle ball, tag, etc (BYOToys) Excellent spring, summer, fall outing AND its FREE!

1 Thank Twokidsonedog
Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This fort on the Southern Maine Community College campus was built in 1808 and named in honor of Commodore Edward Preble. During the Civil War, it saw action during a Confederate raid in June 1863. It is reachable by land. Public access is free. Limited public parking is nearby. A portable toilet is onsite. The fort is now decrepit. Its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Here is the Spring Ledge lighthouse and the So Maine Technical College. Look for the tiny historic cemetary on the college grounds. Great bike riding spot.

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