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Portland Head Light

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Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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I have been to Portland Head Light several times for picnics or photography. I've been there in the sunshine and the fog and it's just beautiful. It's a perfect place to spend a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to Portland Head Light several times for picnics or photography. I've been there in the sunshine and the fog and it's just beautiful. It's a perfect place to spend a summer day, picnicking, reading, enjoying the sound of the surf or exploring the ruins of Goddard Mansion.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic views! easy to find and FREE! must see if your are anywhere close to this. we were there in the winter, I'm sure it is more picturesque in the spring/summer

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Watchung, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

it was nice to go and see it , but in winter is windy and the shop was closed, anyway, you can appraciate the location and views, lighthouses are always good to see , no matter what, nice , well kept place

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took the Maine Lighthouse tour and this was our final and best stop, This has been on my bucket list forever. It as impressive as the photos found on calendars. The park that surrounds it is an old military installation and we walked to the fortifications which was an added treat. This has plenty of photo opportunities including other... More 

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Goshen, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First; I love lighthouses! Second; There is a reason this is the most photographed lighthouse in United States, It is amazingly beautiful and photogenic. There is plenty to see as you stroll around the grounds of "The Fort" so plan on spending some time here, it's beautiful. This is around my 20th visit and I still just shake my head... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove out to Fort Williams and the lighthouse while on a recent shopping trip to Portland. There had been a snow storm the day before, so the grounds were beautiful in the bright white against the blue sky. The roads were well plowed and available for walkers and drivers. The walkways were a little on the icy side, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes I live close to this attraction and have been a constant visitor to "the Fort" Williams as it is known by locals where the first light house commissioned by General George Washington is located. In fact I have lived less than a mile from the fort since 1963. It is a place I go for relaxation, to walk the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine for a reason. It's so picturesque. Just a short drive from downtown Portland. Take some time to walk along the coast paths. You get some really amazing views.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the drive from the Portland Jetport to Cape Elizabeth to enjoy a cold and windy visit to this historic lighthouse. The waves were spectacular and certainly an indicator of the Nor'easter that hit that night. I try to visit lighthouses wherever I go and was glad to have a short visit to the Portland Headlight before sunset and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, you have seen all the pictures but worth seeing in person. They have a museum that is only a few dollars to see. The place does close down at 4pm in September. There is also a nice gift shop. Be sure to check out the entire Fort Williams Park. We enjoyed our time there. Can get some great views... More 

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