Lighthouses of Portland & the Area, Portland
Maine's rocky coast is ideal for visiting the many lighthouses on the coast. A trip to Pemaquid Light State Park is about 1 hour from Portland. This lighthouse is best seen from below the colorful rocks
If you are driving on the east coast and happen to be near the Portland area, this is a good place to visit and see some of the lighthouses in this area. Two Lights State Park is outside of Portland to the south. The lighthouse that I saw stood on the small rocky ledges jutting out into the sea. I was albe to climb around some of the rocks just across a small inlet from it to get a good view. One must be careful around the rocks since they can be slippery when wet.
This is perhaps one of the most celebrated lighthouses in the region. It is set on the scenic rocky coast of Maine. You will find the lighthouse just to the south of the entrance to the Portland Harbor. The structure is set in a park, so it is very easily approachable. You will be able to park the car and walk right up to it. There is a nice house adjacent to the lighthouse itself. I would recommend walking around different areas to get some interesting perspectives of the lighthouse. Out in the water, you will notice a much older abandoned lighthouse sitting on the rocks.
This state park is actually in Cape Elizabeth, but is close enough to Portland. It's a nice state park, very pretty views of the ocean and the lights. If you stay on the Two Lights road that leads to the park to the end, you'll get to a nice little cove, an expanse of cliffs that stretches for a little while, and a nice little seafood restaurant that is almost always busy during summer. Definitely a nice place for a few hours' getaway from the city. Also a great place to visit at night, although you do need to watch where you put your feet on the cliffs.
The observatory was not a lighthouse. It was built in 1807 and is the only remaining maritime signal station in the US making it a unique architectural site. Coded signal flags were used to alert harbor merchants to the appearance of specific ships coming into view via telesopes .The merchants could then reserve a berth on wharves and hire stevedores before a vessel docked. The 86 foot octogon shaped building wa added to the National register of Historic places in 1972
It's an easy thing to do (watch your step!) and it's filled with romance, wind in your hair, ocean views, bobbing buoys, and photo ops. Take a few moments to soak in the solitude of being on the edge of the earth.
Anyway, Spring Point Light is a small lighthouse with a rocky path...and it is kept company by the tiny Portland Harbor Museum/shop on land.
It's a lovely park that gets filled up on the weekends. Tour buses and the trolley go here regularly. It has the famous Portland Headlight and Museum to snap photos of, and there are informational billboards that talk about life at Fort Williams. Picnic tables, lawns, beautiful views all welcome you here!
The Museum's number is below.
This is one of the most photographed and therefore famous lighthouses around. It is the oldest one in Maine. In fact, it was commissioned by George Washington. There is a museum located in what used to be the lightkeeprs house directly next to the lighthouse. It is worth seeing for the history, the architecture, and the views of the ocean.
Portland Observatory - newly restored, this former lighthouse serves as museum to the city's maritime history and observation tower for the beautiful Casco Bay. In days past, flags would be raised atop the structure announcing to families and ship owners alike which vessels were headed into port. Located atop Munjoy Hill - tours daily 10am - 5pm.
Two Lights - the twin lighthouses, the first on the coast of Maine, are the namesake for a park that encompasses 41 acres of craggy rocks bordering Casco Bay. Built in 1828, this one, the eastern most of the two, is still active and visible for 17 miles at sea. The other one ceased operation in 1924 and is now a private residence.
Portland Head Light - this is Maine's oldest lighthouse. Since 1791, when President George Washington commissioned its construction, Head Light has guided maritime traffic through the entrance of Portland Bay. What was previously the living quarters of the lighthouse keeper now serves as a museum that chronicles the history of Portland Head Light and the nearby Fort Williams.
You must see the light houses. Yes, i thought the same thing... how exciting can they be? But, they are really something to see. We went to Cape Elizabeth, and the see Portland Head light. The state parks there are really nice, plenty for people of all ages. There are some swings at Head light State Park for the kids. There is a gift shop and museaum there, too. Don't bother to pay for the tour - it's not worth it. If you arrive less than 10 minutes before they close, they probably won't charge you... and all you need is about 5 minutes! Look at the model in front aout how the light changed, and then go outside and look at the rocks! They are more fun!
Lovely walking trails, and beautiful views of the ocean...all this in addition to one of the most famous lighthouses!
Built in 1807 this is the last remaining wooden signal tower in the U.S. The view from the top is astounding with sites of Casco Bay.
Portland Headlamp. The opening picture is the lighthouse, also is a nice park with good waves, nice view, and this old mansion.