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Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth
(4.8/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I do not give out "excellent" ratings often but this is definitely a "must-see" in the state of Maine, and probably the whole country. I've read that this is the most photographed lighthouse in the co...  more »
  • The sweeping light was visible as we landed at the Portland Jetport the night before - but the fabulous vista from this prominent location was a wonderful tourist stop for us the next day. Commissione...  more »
  • You've seen this iconic lighthouse in paintings and prints. What a joy to see it in real life. The surf-carved rocks below it are a work of art in themselves. 
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  • One of the most scenic light houses on the east coast. MUST go if you're a light house fan. Great views and great light. Nice park too , great for picnics. Enjoyed the grounds very much. Much more to do there than just look at the lighthouse.
  • Fun and beautiful place to go visit, if you have a few hours in Portland. Uber made it easy to get to and from. Light house is amazing and great for some nice photo memories. A beautiful park to walk around with great trails along the coast with breathtaking views. I suggest some nice walking shoes. There are a lot of nice benches and tables to eat at and enjoy the view. There is also a great food truck called Bite into Main, with awesome lobster rolls. And with all the walking you will do, you will work up an appetite. They also have bottled water. Also there are a few porta potties on the grounds as well.
  • Such a beautiful place to visit. It's amazing how any picture taken here turns out like a pro took it. One of my favorite locations to visit in all of New England.
  • 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.
  • 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