Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

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#1 of 101 in Museums in Maine
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. Plan my trip to Cape Elizabeth with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • beautiful light house my wife loved it and you can go right up and touch and hug it. Beautiful spot even off season.  more »
  • Very photographic lighthouse , lots of walking trails with different views . A must see if you are in the area .  more »
  • No wonder this is the most photographed lighthouse!! Even on a very windy and cold morning the scenery was spectacular. Highly recommend stopping here for a while if you are in the area.  more »
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  • There's a reason this is the most photographed lighthouse in Maine. It is beautiful! The surrounding area is great for hiking and taking photos as well. It was well worth the drive to check it out, everything is very picturesque with the waves crashing against the rocks that are covered in greenery and bright flowers. The gift shop has some stunning artwork to take home in case you can't get that professional shot.
  • Absolutely amazing! This place is the stereotype against which all other coastal lighthouses are compared. Beautifully restored and cared for lighthouse and grounds, easy to get to and park, beautiful views and trails, and a good place to bring a picnic and relax. If you like lighthouses, or just natural beauty, definitely add this to your "must see" items.
  • Great place to watch the sun set. Come early if you want any hope of parking. Beautiful even on a winter afternoon. You may have do navigate around if the main gate is locked as there is a side entrance off the shore drive. If you are differently able this may be a challenge to get up and down to the beach as you have to go up and down a large sand hill which is thr only reason it gets 4 stars. Great views even from the parking area.
  • This was a great place to visit. You can get some excellent pictures if you walk around. This was one of those lighthouses that you see in pictures and now that we have been there it has been neat to see how many times we’ve seen a picture of it. Safe place for the kids to run around - you just have to mind the rocks. Parking was not a problem for us. We spent maybe 45 minutes here including pictures and walking around.
  • Beautiful, well-maintained, and historic lighthouse, the oldest in Maine and built upon the order of President George Washington. It can be reached easily from downtown Portland, and our drive in particular was roughly half an hour. The lighthouse is built atop a rocky outcrop, which was quite pretty and picture-worthy in the winter with all the snow. The winter weather can be quite brutal so always check the forecast before visiting. It is open year-round and there are no admission fees, except at the museum, which is only open during the milder months. There were no available restrooms during our visit.
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