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“One of the most beautiful places on Earth” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
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Owner description: One of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.
Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews
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“One of the most beautiful places on Earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse itself is easily accessible to children or the disabled, but do be aware that the best views of this iconic lighthouse are from the rocks down the steep stairs from the parking lot (to the left of the lighthouse when facing the water). That's where all of the famous pictures of Bass Harbor Head Light were taken (including the one I took attached to this review). Do be warned that the rocks can be treacherous: they are sharp, uneven, often damp and, thus, very slippery. If you are nimble on your feet, wear appropriate shoes and go slowly. Small children and people with disabilities should avoid trying to negotiate the rocks. It is very easily to sustain a serious injury if you're not careful as there are no handrails or steps near the water where the best views are found.

For those who are not able to negotiate the rocks near the water, there is easy access to the lighthouse itself via a paved path leading directly to the light tower. Be aware that the lighthouse is in current service with the US Coast Guard and therefore is not open for tours. However, merely sitting near the lighthouse at sunset, listening to the bell buoys, and watching the distinctive red light wink on and off is worth the trip. Remember that during the warm months, the mosquitoes can be merciless during and shortly after sunset. Be ready with repellent and/or long sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat.

Visited October 2013
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Slidell, Louisiana
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“Nice lighthouse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

On our recent trip tp Bar Harbor, we spent one day riding all over the island, and eventuallly landed up in Bass Harbor to visti the lighthouse. During our visit, a park ranger was present giving a talk about the history of the lighthouse, as well as, the entire Bass Harbor area. It was very enjoyable. This lighthouse is worth the visit if you have extra time in the Bar Harbor area.

Visited September 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Dim Light”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Unfortunately, the lighthouse was shutdown by the government when we were in Bar Harbor and visitors could not enjoy it. It is a nice drive back to the lighthouse until you see the DO NOT ENTER sign.

Visited October 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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218 reviews
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“Maine lighthouse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Bass Harbor Lighthouse is what you think of Maine will look like. You have to go down a steep stairway to get down the cliffs to get a good view of the lighthouse. It is best viewed by a boat tour. Hard to get great photos as it is an active a Coast Guard lighthouse and fences keep you at a distance. Small kids, seniors might have difficulty with stairs. You can see the Ricky coast below the lighthouse. You can see the top of the lighthouse from the small parking area which might be full in peak seasons.

Visited September 2013
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Langley City, Canada
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“Very nice lighthouse on a rocky cliff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

There is no pathway to easily to get close to the lighthouse. Carry a telephoto lens you will have a better chance of a great picture. Certainly not for kids because the boulders are just too big and the large cracks were just too dangerous for them. Could be formidable for many adults.

Visited July 2013
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