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“A Photogenic Lighthouse on Portland Harbor”

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse
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Owner description: Unusual lighthouse designed after Greek monuments.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

A paved walking path passes by this small lighthouse at the mouth of the Fore River and Portland Harbor. Memorial markers punctuate the path near the lighthouse. It is easily accessible by land. A free paved parking lot is nearby. This is possibly the most photogenic of the half-dozen lighthouses on Portland's end of Casco Bay, particularly at dusk. The stone conical tower is white; the light's enclosure is black. The structure's architectural details are as interesting as the beacon's purpose and history. I like everything about this lighthouse except the locals and tourists who insist on hanging out at its base as massive cruise ships leave depart near sunset.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

Took a walk in the morning from Downtown Portland where I stayed. It was difficult to find initially as the road names were changed but it was definitely an adventure. The walk across the bridge was scenic and I could see both cities from a different view. Walk along the walking trail and you would get a beautiful walk or stroll along the sea side! The park was small but was great was self reflection and thinking! The lighthouse was a sight to see for me.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

First, I want everyone to know the picture you see from this review is not the Bug Lighthouse, it is a picture of the Portland Head Lighthouse which is located in Cape Elizabeth. The Bug Lighthouse offers a scenic view with Portland to the left and Peak Island to the right. There are plenty of parking available with benches along the way towards the lighthouse. You can walk right up to the the lighthouse and around it. A good time to go is during sunrise or sunset where the sun give it a nice golden glow. If you enjoy seeing lighthouses, nearby is the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse which is less than a half mile drive to the east.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

On our trip to Maine, we wanted to see some lighthouses but bored very quickly since there was little to explore about them. They are a good subject to photograph but many are just small structures doing what they were intended to do. Not all have been automated and still have tenders residing on the property. They only let the public climb up into the light towers of a few on special occasions.

This lighthouse has a gift shop (free entry of course) and a museum (couple of bucks) that you can go into and get a little closer to. Surrounding the lighthouse is a nice display of the batteries that were used to defend the port up to the 1960s.

Note: I saw porta-pots on the grounds as we entered but did not notice any other type of restroom facility. If you have an aversion to using these plastic structures, plan accordingly.

Thank Kycoffeeman
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We enjoyed this stop. Nice easy walk and enough parking for everyone without a lot of crowds. You could walk right out to the lighthouse. The view across the Bay of Portland was really nice. You could watch ships coming and going. We were glad that we took the time to come check out this place. You could also see Fort George.

Thank Eric S
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