Goat Island Lighthouse
Goat Island Lighthouse
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Built in 1880, this 25-foot lighthouse flashes white every six seconds as it stands guard over Cape Porpoise Harbor.
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MaineMountainOwl
Maine282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
At the end of Pier Road, we found a cluster of three seafood-themed restaurants and an attended dirt parking lot. We lucked into an open space and asked to have a look around before we sought a summer weekend dinner at one of the restaurants. Much to our delight, a short, uneven path led to interpretive displays, a bench, and great views of the 25-foot (7.6 m) tall lighthouse (built 1833, renovated 2011) and outbuildings only one mile (1.6 km) offshore across a snug, boat-filled harbor. Be sure to have a zoom lens or binoculars handy to get the most out of a stop to see it. We liked all that we saw here; we disliked nothing.
Written July 13, 2021
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Heather K
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
It is a nice stop to view the lighthouse. It is out on an island, so you cannot walk up to it. They have several plaques detailing the history at the port. It is still an active fishing pier for smaller boats. There are also two restaurants right there. We weren't interested in eating at that time, but I did see that one had a sign they were closed for the season. Parking is very limited there as well.
Written October 25, 2020
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RJT117
Holbrook, NY33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
Only accessible by boat but viewing area at Cape Porpoise waterfront is beautiful.............from active harbor area to breakers to rocky lighthouse area right across from casual seafood restaurants/bar.
Written May 25, 2013
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,338 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Lighthouse sits on the point of an island at entrance to bay and harbor at Cape Porpoise. Best to have good zoom on your camera as it is quite a distance offshore from the best viewing spot. Also need clear weather with sun in the west to get best shots.
Parking can be a problem if you are there around lunch or dinner times. There are 3 very popular restaurants right across the parking lot---Chowder House, The Ramp and Pier 77. Best to combine eating and viewing if you visit Cape Porpoise.
The seascape, harbor, returning lobster and fish boats all present wonderful photo ops.
Written October 17, 2017
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JustJoan46
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Been to this lighthouse many times and at certain times it is even open to the public to climb up to the top! Sign your name in the guestbook - you can easily kayak to it also which we do a lot and then you can walk around the rocks and enjoy the crashing waves on the open ocean side. They recently added new additions to it too so definitely worth a visit. You can view the lighthouse from a distance at the end of Cape Porpoise Lobster Pier!
Written May 20, 2014
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everymilesamemory
Cedar Key, FL77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
We were traveling through Maine and the Northeast and spent a weekend with Scott and Karen, the lighthouse Keepers on Goat Island.

We were only here for 2 full days, but in that short time, we experienced almost every type of weather imaginable. From pouring rain and lightning on our night of arrival, to thick fog in the mornings. We had beautiful blue skies during the day, big fluffy clouds roll through and a picture perfect sunset to end the evening.

As two traveling photographers, this was more than one could dream of. To be at a place for only two days and have so many different weather patterns that your photos look like you spent a week there.

Scott took us by boat to one of the fish houses in Cape Porpoise Harbor where we got fresh lobster for lunch and dinner. We had a traditional Maine Lobster Boil on the island where my wife tried Maine Lobster for the first time and fell in love.

That night, full with fresh caught food we watched the stars from the balcony of the lighthouse and listened to the waves crash the rocky shoreline.

We woke to the fog horn and another beautiful day.

I could imagine the life of a Lighthouse Keeper with visitors coming by daily by boat, fisherman dropping off their fresh catch and watching the sea change with each passing tide.

Thanks Scott & Karen for showing us a piece of your life that you live day to day, but we absolutely love!
Written November 8, 2011
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CWOKen
Ashburn, VA117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Viewing from shore is difficult. It is out in the harbor a good distance, so bring your telephoto lens or binoculars.
Written July 25, 2018
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Jason_Tinley_Park
Tinley Park, IL138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
We rented kayaks and paddled out to the island. The lighthouse keepers were great hosts and let us tour the island the lighthouse.
Written July 20, 2016
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,034 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
The Goat Island Light is an attractive early 19th century brick built lighthouse located off Cape Porpoise, north of Kennebunkport. Originally built as a manned lighthouse guarding the Harbor entrance, the light on the tower is still active, now being fully automated with a 14 mile range lens. Only accessible to the public by boat or at low tide by special arrangement, the light is easily seen from the shoreline waterfront in Cape Porpoise Harbor. Both the keeper's house and the tower are looked after by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.
Written October 20, 2013
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Bseely747
Biddeford, ME14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
This adorable little lighthouse is close to my home.I never get sick of seeing it.People care and are trying to preserve it and its integrity.May its light shine on forever!!!!
Written October 27, 2012
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