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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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  • This place is absolutely incredible! You don't have to pay to get in, which is a refreshing change to other nearby parks. This place offers so much, beautiful panoramic views of lighthouses, rocky cli...  more »
  • I visited during a road trip with an almost 2 and an almost 4 years old. The views are breath taken and the surroundings are very well kept. The whole experience was fantastic! I highly recommended th...  more »
  • We didn't have much time, but wanted to see the lighthouse while we were in Portland. And we write so glad we did! It's absolutely picturesque. You can go into the lighthouse, though we did not becaus...  more »
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  • I love coming here with my family! We usually visit on the weekends and we love that there are so many options of things to do while visiting. You can lounge on the grass and read a book while catching some sun, fly a kite, take a walk along some of the dirt trails, walk to the light house and look over the water, take a dip, or go and explore the history! I brought my parents and my sister's here when they came to visit and they had a blast! This location also offers the pavilion for those who wish to hold events by the water and they have ample parking.
  • Nice place near Portland - crowded even on a week day so getting a pristine photograph of the lighthouse can be difficult. If you're looking for the ultimate shot go early or off-season. The museum was really interesting and only $2 so it was worth it. Kids probably wouldn't like it too much though since there's not much interactive or very visual. Great for adults interested in history. The cliffwalk was really nice - bring your binoculars
  • A must visit if you are touring Maine. One of the most prominent light houses in the world. The place is filled with scenic view of the light house and the rocky ocean line. There is a children's play area and a small access to the ocean. There is a marking on the rocks where the Annie C. Maguire, a British 3 masted ship which struck the ledge at this place on 24 December 1886 .
  • It was a beautiful lighthouse but there was no tour just a museum to walk into. The gift shop was nice and the view around the light house was great. Getting a great picture was not possible unless you are in a boat or flying overhead.
  • This tourist spot was prefect to take our young kids. Free parking and not too many crowds was a huge plus. There are big greasy areas for a picnic or running around. You can walk along the easy trail to the water as well.