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Portland Head Light

1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916
+1 207-799-2661
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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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1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916
+1 207-799-2661
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Reviewed yesterday

This lighthouse is historically important and handsome: it was first manned on January 10, 1791! The views of the harbor and ocean waves breaking over the rough coastline are spectacular. Parking is free (guard your valuables). It's a short walk from the lot to the...More

Thank dcr1837
Reviewed yesterday

If you want a great view and love historic lighthouses this is for you. Very popular, and busy on weekends, so we went on a weekday. We toured the area and loved the beautiful views. Educational for all. Quaint and busy gift shop. Plenty of...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved visiting the sight. Beautiful views. We didn't do the tour of the lighthouse. Free to visit. Worth the drive.

Thank LillieUsa
Reviewed yesterday

This is "The Most Photographed" lighthouse in Maine. I can understand why. Good to put on your Bucket list of things to see and photograph.

Thank Augustus004
Reviewed yesterday

Although you can not climb the lighthouse you can check out the museum and learn about the history. The height of the lighthouse has been altered thought the years and the museum tells about why and how this happened. The views from the surrounding area...More

Thank Melanie M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a must go place in Portland! We went early in the morning with a ton of fog, and the views were still absolutely amazing!

Thank groul1dm
Reviewed 3 days ago

Being lighthouse lovers for many years, our visit to Portland Head Light did not disappoint. It is the quintessential embodiment of perfect location, beautiful surroundings, and great heritage. Although you can't climb the lighthouse, it's a treat to just gaze at the state's oldest lighthouse...More

Thank GreenHat17
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very scenic, very educational, very beautiful place. More crowded than expected, but still totally worth the trip!

Thank Jeanna R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Classic vista of coastal Maine. Cold and brisk air hits your face as you gaze upon the rocky outcroppings and the waves crash upon the beach. Stunning and gorgeous. Also, free.

Thank James K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was very impressed with the park area of the Portland Head Light. The grounds are manicured with rugosa roses and the sweeping blue ocean views are just spectacular. My husband and I took the short drive from downtown Portland to Cape Elizabeth, on a...More

Thank snews77
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Marlena W
22 June 2017|
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Response from enid1964 | Reviewed this property |
You could bike there, but it really is more enjoyable to walk. It is not large enough to have trails for biking.
Ryan W
20 June 2017|
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Response from EspritSaro | Reviewed this property |
I didn't but yes you can. It's a small lighthouse though. I would prefer not to spend some bucks on it as you are already in a cliff to see enough.
emily z
12 May 2015|
Response from Cherry_Wonderdog | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Absolutely. Unfortunately, the strawberry daiquiris are light on the rum.