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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. Plan my trip to Cape Elizabeth with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • So glad we stopped here to visit the lighthouse and the forts. This is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country for a reason. It was worth the small parking fee. 
    So glad we stopped here to visit the lighthouse and the forts. This is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country for a reason. It was worth the small parking fee.  more »
  • Located in Fort Williams Park, the oldest lighthouse in Maine is an imposing sight, both from a distance and at an arm's length. The views all around are gorgeous, especially the trail on the left... 
    Located in Fort Williams Park, the oldest lighthouse in Maine is an imposing sight, both from a distance and at an arm's length. The views all around are gorgeous, especially the trail on the left...  more »
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  • Portland is a good size city, and you will have to drive through some very city-type areas to get to this lighthouse. That being said what a wonderful Park Portland has made of this old lighthouse. There's walks to a beach there's access to the rocks and to the ocean if you just want to go lay on a big rock. Parking was reasonable and it didn't charge you an extra fee to go see the lighthouse. We didn't go in I'm not for sure if you could, but we didn't need to the scenery around it was so beautiful. There was also a couple of food trucks there which made it nice if you didn't pack a lunch.
  • This place is absolutely beautiful! There is an opening where you can go down onto the rocks and get close to the water by the lighthouse. A beautiful place to have a picnic. You will definitely want to wear sneakers or hiking boots. We did it in sandals and flip flops. It wasn't impossible but definitely not ideal. There is also an area where you can swim at your own risk. You pay for parking by a meter and if you download the app it's far more convenient.

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