Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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Fabulous place to visit. The old lighthouse is very picturesque, but it is the lovely views that make the trip worthwhile. The cliff walk is excellent. Don't forget your camera!
It was a good boat trip from Portland. It was sunny, cloudy and quite windy. Some specular views of the lighthouse which is the most photographed and oldest lighthouse of Maine. It is still operative ... read more »
Beautiful Lighthouse. You can get some great pictures of this and of the ocean. Nice park, well kept. Cliff Walk gives you some some great views. It is very cold this time of year, dress warmly.
We enjoyed the exhilarating view of the area around the lighthouse. Seeing boats going in & out of the bay against the back drop of the lighthouse and the flags flying vigorously in the the strong wind. It was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed speaking with Steve Porter, one of the Park Administrators, who had connection to Rochester NY.
The pristine lighthouse and grounds provide a wonderful environment to sit and watch the ships float through the bay. It's so relaxing I could easily see myself doing it the majority of the day. Along with the lighthouse, you can also wander around he grounds of Fort Williams Park which gives you an idea of the importance of this location Long ago.
Capt. Gerry Hare
There are so many ways to photograph this light and she's such a good subject. “Lighthouses are not just stone, brick, metal, and glass. There's a human story at every lighthouse; that's the story I want to tell.” ― Elinor Dewire
This is one of my favorite places in Maine, and, in my opinion, a must-see if you're visiting the state. The grounds are beautiful, and the lighthouse is stately against the ocean and rocky coastal backdrop. If you're an early riser, make sure you come at sunrise! The scenery then is jaw-dropping.
Breathtaking views. Photos do not provide justice to the sight. Absolutely a must visit on everyone's list. Arrive early to skip the mid day crowd.
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