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Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

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Completed in 1791, Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Standing 31 m (101 ft) tall, made of rubble stone and bricks on a rocky shoreline, it is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States. Stop by its museum where you'll see lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays, and check out the shop that has fine and quirky lighthouse-related souvenirs. The surrounding 90-acre park offers ocean views, picnic areas, and walking paths, as well as recreational areas for children and adults. Work out when and for how long to visit Portland Head Light and other Cape Elizabeth attractions using our handy Cape Elizabeth itinerary builder.
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  • Great views everywhere. We did not see the inside of the lighthouse but the views are awesome. Also in a park so you can run/walk and explore the park.  more »
  • This lighthouse is beautiful and totally worth the drive! It is surrounded by a lovely park, and has breathtaking views of the coast. Loved it!!  more »
  • This, along with Nubble, must be on the list of most photographed lighthouses and was one we had never visited. Thanks to TomTom, we had no trouble finding our way. The lighthouse is part of Fort Will...  more »
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  • Can't beat the views and the picture taking experience is awesome. It gets pretty crowed at time and especially on nice day. If you can go on off times I would suggest. The park to get here may charge a fee but its cheap.
  • This HeadLight is really beautiful. If you visit Portland, MA go to this HeadLight. You'll see a pretty view and take a lot beautiful pics.
  • This was an amazing experience to see for myself. The lighthouse on the shores of Cape Elizabeth, ME. Looking out into the Atlantic Ocean was a marvel. See for yourself with this panorama shot I took in early Jan. of this year.
  • It's an iconic part of Maine and it's beautiful in just about any weather. Always a good spot for a walk, picnic or taking pictures.
  • Great lighthouse and a nice park to walk around was cold and still beautiful