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Portland Head Light

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Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Phone Number: 207-799-2661
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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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Beautiful: Great views, plenty of parking, enjoy the walking trails... and free to the public!

Loved our quick visit! The site is lovely and beautifully maintained. There was some construction/renovation happening to the light house and it was closed to the public, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sanbornville, New Hampshire
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Sanbornville, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved our quick visit! The site is lovely and beautifully maintained. There was some construction/renovation happening to the light house and it was closed to the public, but the surrounding sights made it well worth the trip. We totally enjoyed the cliff walk, a path that winds up and down providing AWESOME and ever changing views of the coastline. The... More 

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As advertised, this is a beautiful stop. My wife commented that the photos we took look like paintings. It is easy to find, free to enter, and is a sprawling site. My only complaint is the amount of people, it was impossible to get a photo without others in it. We were there on a Saturday, I would recommend a... More 

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Roseland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here because we heard this was THE lighthouse to see in Maine and everyone was right. The views are outstanding! The lighthouse is beautiful and the park it's in is so cute to walk around and explore. You absolutely need to come and check it out! You can't miss the views here! If you love lighthouses this is... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful setting and well maintained grounds. We spent about 10 minutes walking around at the lighthouse taking photos. You can't go up in the lighthouse, which disappointed my young kids.

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Hilliard, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful lighthouse in Ft. Williams Park. I just loved the views from all angles. An artist was on site selling his pictures of the lighthouse in case you don't have your camera. There is also a souvenir shop. The lighthouse is only open once a year to actually go in, but you can walk all around it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful views, historic and breathe taking. We are so glad we made the extra time to visit this area, definitely a bucket list item!

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henderson, Nv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a beautiful coast and a quaint lighthouse in a beautiful park right on the water. There are several trails to walk along the shore inside the park. There is also a little museum that is interesting and only costs $2 each.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The history of the lighthouse along with the picture perfect scenery make this stop a must see for anyone. You can easily spend an hour or more just casually walking the entire area. Every view is stunning.

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Nazareth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed exploring a small portion of the grounds. Definitely could have walked a lot more of the paths and areas if we had allowed more time. The lighthouse and grounds were in great condition and lots of areas to take pictures from. Easily accessible gift shop, light house and museum.

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Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was the last of 3 lighthouses we visited today (also went to bug light park and spring point ledge lighthouse). It was also the biggest and most beautiful one, inside Fort Williams, which is beautiful by the way. It's a carry in carry out park, and I didn't find a single piece of trash, which was beautiful to see!... More 

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