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Portland Head Light

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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...more
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1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916
+1 207-799-2661
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Reviewed yesterday

This lighthouse is currently still in operation and while you can't enter it, the views from either side are breath taking and well worth the small walk in. The museum is located in the keepers cottage and was $2 for admittance and well worth it...More

Thank Kimberly W
Reviewed yesterday

Portland Head Light house is beautiful from land or water. There are trails to walk along the waterfront and see the old buildings. Don't forget your camera you will need it for all of the breathtaking views.

Thank 294steffanb
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Portland Head Lighthouse is a must see place to visit. It is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. There is ample parking space and huge public park ground where families can have their picnic and for children to play. The scenery is amazing. You can visit...More

Thank AnMagz
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped here to take some pictures but it happen to be raining with a little thunder and lightening; so our trip was very fast. It is a beautiful lighthouse and rugged coastline. There was no charge to come here. We will come back sometime...More

Thank duncanboy1
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great location for a sunny afternoon stroll around the property. It used to be a military installation. Ample parking, good views of the bay and harbor areas.

Thank LowCarbZone
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed our walk to the lighthouse. It was a bit misty when we explored the area around the lighthouse. It had beautiful views of the ocean and the coast.

Thank goldentraveler2015
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful view of a lighthouse on the water's edge. The sky was gorgeous at dusk when it closes . We missed the museum but enjoyed the views. Worth the drive but be aware when restaurants in nearby Portland close for dinner for a meal afterward.

Thank HI_Traveller_12
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just go! Absolutely worth it!! Goodness why can't we keep our comments brief. Tip they close at sunset and demand you get out quick. So, get there early and spend the day.

Thank Desiree S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the lighthouse and Fort Williams after the museum had closed for the day. Still we walked around the area and enjoyed looking at the beautiful scenic views. It is amazing to watch the waves crash onto the rugged coast. The size of...More

Thank Mary Jo L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Portland Head Light is one of the most photographed sites and once you are there, you will see why. It is an amazing place to visit and I highly recommend the museum (a must for history buffs). We walked all around the park and enjoyed...More

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September 1, 2018|
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Response from TheFrenchCorder | Reviewed this property |
I believe there was a beach area in a nearby neighborhood where you could view the lighthouse from a distance, but I do not know of they close it off at certain times either. Otherwise, try contacting the museum and asking... More
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August 25, 2018|
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Response from TundraJayco | Reviewed this property |
For sure... Gate closes at dusk. You can see the light house and walk around the park all you want.
April 12, 2018|
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Response from L5127PJroberth |
There were a few port-a-potties.