Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth

#1 of 139 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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  • It was a beautiful day for visiting s lighthouse and the surrounding park. So glad we Did.... wonderful beach and the view is spectacular  more »
  • We were there mid-April. It was very windy and pretty cold. We were there with our grade school kids. We all enjoyed it. The museum was closed at the time of our visit and there was construction going...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning. There are forts to roam around in and swings for kids. Of course there's the beautiful lighthouse. Very nice trails to walk and explore, plus great views. Many people bring their dogs here. The outhouses could use a lot more attention, but definitely a place to go back.
  • Beautiful and historical. We were the only ones visiting because of the freezing cold weather so everything was closed but it didn't matter. The location is very scenic with so much space available for photos and also to walk around. I'd imagine it's fairly crowded during the normal season to justify so much parking. Additionally, there are historic forts that you can enter and photograph. Very well laid out area and I'd like to return to visit the small museum in the house next to the lighthouse.

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