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Portland Breakwater Lighthouse

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Address: Bug Light Park, End of Madison Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106

Unusual lighthouse designed after Greek monuments.

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Outstanding views, crisp air and the history that surrounds such lighthouses, an amazing experience to see it close up!

Reviewed 23 February 2016
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Reviewed 23 February 2016

Outstanding views, crisp air and the history that surrounds such lighthouses, an amazing experience to see it close up!

Thank Plucky18
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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554 reviews
192 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Classic lighthouse with wonderful views. It is a spacious area and very popular. A must for a first time visitor to Portland

Thank waterandmore
Portland, Maine
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178 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

My wife bikes over here regularly to savor the views. It's a popular spot with abundant parking, a boat ramp, and the mocked up bow of a Liberty ship is well explained by the many display panels.

Thank davioAz
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2015

This lighthouse is on the end of a jetty that was longer at one time but filled in to make the park adjacent to the lighthouse. It is quite unique and ornate - I believe some of its flair is driven by Greek architecture. Small but nice area with great views of the harbor and the city of Portland. We... More 

Thank fixerupper02472
South Portland, Maine
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Bug Light is one of the best places to go in South Portland. There is lots of green space and a paved walkway that takes you along the water and right to the lighthouse. It's a great place to walk dogs (on leash and an off-leash area), have a picnic, or sit on one of the benches watching ships enter... More 

Thank Goldenlover2012
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449 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

Great smell of ocean and fresh air Fantastic view of this landmark These light houses were key to protect sailors from rocky Maine coast Enjoy walking the trails

Enola, Pennsylvania
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311 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

I visited on June 9, 2015 during a roadtrip with three other friends. Since we are from PA, we don't see a lot of lighthouses. Therefor we enjoyed everyone we visited, and this one was no different. It may be the smallest lighthouse I've ever seen, which makes it pretty awesome! There is plenty of parking and it is free,... More 

Thank Alex A
Chester, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We visited Portland on a cruise , this took in Kennebunkport a really charming Maine town - home to GW Bush ! It is also worth taking a boat trip to look take in lobster fishing. The Wedding cake is also close by ( worth seeing but not worth spending time visiting). The Portland light house is one of the... More 

Thank John M
Lexington, Kentucky
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42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Nice and cool walk to the lighthouse. The landscape and seacape are both really pretty and quite relaxing. Definitely, a must-see in Maine.

Thank Mjoyfuljoy
Rockland, Maine
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

It is a long walk out to the Lighthouse, with many wide gaps between the stones. The wall can be slippery at times. Make sure you are well rested and wear nice rubber sole walking shoes. It is really worth the walk :-)

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