Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

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#1 of 57 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is a beautiful lighthouse to go to and the park it exists in is pleasant to walk around. The lighthouse is so picturesque it seems like a lighthouse from your dreams. There is a reason this place is put in all the lighthouse calendars. There is also a abandoned fort nearby and you can walk up and down the coastal cliffs around the park. The whole area is clean, open and not crowded. Its nice to just meditate near the sea.
  • Beautiful well kept lighthouse with lots of walking trails and parks nearby. It's an easy walk up the cliff to the lighthouse itself and the views are really lovely. Grab a lobster roll from Bite Into Maine while you're there too.
  • One Best places I've been too. Such a good place. The toilets were extremely unhygienic. But the view of the ocean is a must watch. I feel in love with Portland after visiting this place. There is free parking. It's adequate. It was a shame that i visited this place in winter. Thus it got dark really soon. I suggest anyone who loves the beauty of the ocean to visit this place. It destressed My mind.

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