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Portland Head Light

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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...more
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1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I walk here every day and it is always different. During or after a storm the waves rage over the rocks. On a January morning you have the Cliff Walk all to yourself. Eider ducks swimming in pairs during mating season. The smell of sweet...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mainetraveler2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lighthouse is quintessentially beautiful! My husband and I were in Portland for 24 hours and had chosen a hotel in downtown on the waterfront because we like to walk as much as we can wherever we're visiting. Now, this lighthouse wasn't within walking distance...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kristink55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you visit Portland, this site is a MUST. Beautiful view of the lighthouse, rocks and the harbor. Also, worth a ferry ride from downtown Portland to see it from the ocean side.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice view. Museum was closed this time of year. Like the cliff walk. A must see if you are in this area.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CairnMom2019
Reviewed 15 January 2019

There are a few beautiful light houses in Portland, Maine that are a must see and this is definitely one of them. There are a few different views you can get of the light house so take time to walk around and get them all!...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Allie B
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Great place for those who want to get a nice picture of the maine coast. Surrounded buy some nice old forts and crashing waves, and a quick drive from portland!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wilsons26
Reviewed 8 January 2019

We enjoyed walking around the lighthouse and seeing the different views of the lighthouse and surrounding area. Such a beautiful location. Small gripe, the toilets were portaloos and were unpleasant.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Its_Ellie
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

Go with a camera and plenty of time to just walk around and look at the view. Bring a blanket and lay on the grass there's a wonderful kids park and there's also a section for dogs to be off leash

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bridget o
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed the walking around seeing the different views of the lighthouse from every side so beautiful all up and the down the Maine harbors.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CarolinaBeachRandR
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

I took this shot with a Mavic Air. It is the first in a series I am working on called Lighthouses of Maine Project. More videos and photos to come.

Date of experience: December 2018
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2 September 2018|
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Response from TheFrenchCorder | Reviewed this property |
I believe there was a beach area in a nearby neighborhood where you could view the lighthouse from a distance, but I do not know of they close it off at certain times either. Otherwise, try contacting the museum and asking... More
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25 August 2018|
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Response from TundraJayco | Reviewed this property |
For sure... Gate closes at dusk. You can see the light house and walk around the park all you want.
12 April 2018|
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Response from L5127PJroberth |
There were a few port-a-potties.