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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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This place is amazing. The lighthouse is imposing and in great shape. The rugged surrounding is so powerful. The entire park is well kept and clean. And it is free to get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is amazing. The lighthouse is imposing and in great shape. The rugged surrounding is so powerful. The entire park is well kept and clean. And it is free to get in. We loved it. Easy walking. Easy parking.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We arrived around 7:45am on a Tuesday morning and there was literally no one around. We drove all the way up and were able to park right beside the lighthouse. The lighthouse is technically closed at this time, but if you are going just for the views and photographs, there is no need to be there when it is "open".... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was one of the top 3 things we did while in New England for vacation. Easy to get to, plenty of parking and spots for a picnic and the best part, it was free, which for a family on a budget is excellent! My 5 year old daughter was disappointed we couldn't go into the lighthouse itself, but loved... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful views, many photo opportunities. Overall great experience, worth stopping by and is only a short drive from Portland!

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Waymart
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited just to see the sunset. It was a beautiful night and the view is spectacular. Some of our pictures look like postcards. Only wish they would have let us stay longer. Park closed at 8:15PM and if you weren't out of there they could site you for trespassing. If you are there to see the sunset, it's not over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful lighthouse! Rocky shores and a nice park around the lighthouse. Plenty of parking, but not real close. Definitely worth a trip!

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The lighthouse is in Fort Williams park which itself is beautiful. The lighthouse is very scenic, reportedly the most photographed lighthouse in the world.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Easy to access, with free parking. The grounds contain a walking path along the cliffs, and if you are daring / able, a path to go down to the rocks / water. There is plenty of room for tailgating a lunch, and the remains of the old fort to see. The fact that you can actually touch the lighthouse....is really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were talking with some people on the ferry from Great Diamond Island back to Portland and they recommended we stop at the Portland Head Light. It was a great call. There are a lot of positivies - it's easy to get to and locate, there was plentiful parking, love how historic it was (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inspired here... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

More beautiful in person than any pictures I've seen. The cliffs around it give it a west-coast feel as well.

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