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“If you are in Portland, you have to stop by this lighthouse”

Portland Head Light
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Full Day Maine Lighthouse Trail Tour from Nashua...
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been to this lighthouse a few times, and love coming here every time. This time, I brought my son with me. We walked around the lighthouse and took many pictures as usual. There are also many acres of grounds to walk around and explore. We walked around the cliffs, rock beach, different pathways, run down school, and other ruins that were cool to look at and climb on. This has a great view of the ocean and passing ships.

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

The lighthouse and Fort Williams are at the same location; you'll hit the #1 & #2 attractions in 1 stop. Stuff to do includes the lighthouse of course, but there's also. a nice trail along the ocean cliffs, historic ruins of the former military fort, some historic info/plaques at an old cannon site, ocean beach/swimming (rock, not sandy beach), snorkeling, and lots of open grassy fields to kick up your heels. There aren't any equipment rentals on site. You can buy drinks, snacks, and lobstah' rolls/light sandwiches from a food truck on site, but best just to bring your own and picnic here.

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Reviewed July 25, 2014

The archetypical Maine lighthouse in a beautiful, spacious and well-kept park. Great photo ops. This is why people love Maine.

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Reviewed July 25, 2014

Something for everyone !! The history and romance of Lighthouses, gorgeous views and well kept grounds all part Fort Williams Park that also includes Goddard Mansion. Plenty of parking and room for the kids to run, play or fly a kite.....all FREE !!
I recommend planning on spending the day, pack a lunch basket and blanket to fully appreciate everything here. To full enjoy being here, read up on the history of the area and let your imagination wonder !! As the Lighthouse and Museum/Gift Shop are run by volunteers, they may or may not be open during your visit (there were not open during ours). Although no formal concessions are available, Bite Into Maine has a food truck onsite that does a booming business !
One caveat: Keep in mind the park is open from dawn until dusk with only porta-lets available.

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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Yes i love Nubble light down in York, but this one you can actually walk upto, and even go inside. Not just the lighthouse here, but wandering around the huge grounds. Trails along the ocean, and around the old fort beside it. Just a great way to spend an entire day. HUGE parks for large groups to come play sports, fly kites, or whatever. Such a great scenic area. I love it!

Thank Greg D
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