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Lighthouses You Can Visit in Maine

Maine’s iconic lighthouses have long been a major tourist attraction drawing visitors from around the world. Many of the state’s most famous lighthouses allow you to drive right up to their historic towers and keeper’s quarters. People flock to admire picturesque lights like the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse in York, perched photogenically on a rocky island just offshore. Others draw visitors with their scenic parks and sweeping ocean outlooks, like Portland Head Light and West Quoddy Head Light marking the easternmost point in the U.S. Take memorable photos, learn maritime history, and experience Maine’s dramatic rocky coastline by visiting the lighthouses that continue guiding ships along the state’s shores just as they have for over a century.

Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Rockland, ME

The Maine Lighthouse Museum provides an in-depth look at Maine’s rich maritime heritage. Located in Rockland, the museum displays artifacts like foghorns, logbooks, and lighthouse lenses. Visitors can view exhibits detailing the history of Maine lighthouses, and learn about the role lighthouses have played guiding ships along Maine’s rugged coastline for 200+ years.

1 Park Drive,
Rockland, ME 04841

Aloft Hotel, Portland Maine

Aloft Hotel Portland

Portland, ME

Aloft Hotel is a modern hotel in Portland, ME. The hotel features modern rooms with airy high ceilings, free Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Amenities include a lobby bar, a game room, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views. Whether you’re looking for a fun and vibrant place to stay or a convenient base for exploring Portland, the Aloft Hotel is the perfect choice.

379 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101

Cambria Hotel, Portland Maine

Cambria Hotel Old Port

Downtown Portland, ME

Cambria Hotel Old Port Downtown Portland is a modern hotel in Portland’s historic Old Port district. The hotel features spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, and on-site dining and a bar that serves local craft beer. The hotel is within walking distance of downtown Portland attractions like the Portland Museum of Art and the Old Port district.

25 Hancock Street
Portland, ME 04101

Maine’s Top 10 Accessible Lighthouses

Top 10 Maine Lighthouses

Maine’s rugged coastline boasts over 60 historic lighthouses, many of which are still active today. Ten of the state’s most stunning, picturesque, and famous lights can be driven up to and toured along Maine’s southern and midcoast regions. From Portland Head Light illuminating Casco Bay to the candy-striped West Quoddy Head Light guarding the Canadian border, visitors flock to Maine’s postcard-worthy beacons. Explore museum exhibits, climb winding stairs for amazing views, or simply stroll the grounds snapping photos. This post covers the Top 10 Maine Lighthouses you can cruise up to and experience firsthand as you discover the maritime heritage of Vacationland.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Acadia National Park

Bass Harbor Head Light

116 Lighthouse Road,
Bass Harbor, ME 04653

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, located in Bass Harbor, Maine, is a historic beacon built in 1858. It guides mariners along Mount Desert Island’s rugged coast, offering picturesque views and a rich maritime history.

Bug Light aka Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in South Portland, Maine

Bug Light

S Portland Greenbelt Pathway,
South Portland, ME 04106

Known locally as “Bug Light”, this small classic lighthouse sits picturesquely on a breakwater in Casco Bay in South Portland. Visitors can walk out to admire the iconic lighthouse and enjoy scenic views of the Portland Harbor waterfront.

Cape Elizabeth Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Cape Elizabeth Eastern Light

Lighthouse Point Road,
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Cape Elizabeth Eastern Light in Cape Elizabeth, is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and is not open to the public. However, the surrounding grounds offer a good viewpoint, and visitors can enjoy the exterior and the nearby coastline.

Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine

Cape Neddick "Nubble" Light

Sohier Park Road,
York, ME 03909

Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light in York, Maine, erected in 1879, is a beloved landmark. Perched on a small island, this picturesque lighthouse captivates visitors with its scenic beauty and enduring maritime legacy.

Fort Point Lighthouse in Stockton Springs, Maine

Fort Point Lighthouse

180 Lighthouse Road,
Stockton Springs, ME 04981

The historic Fort Point Light has guided ships into Penobscot Bay since 1836. Visitors can explore the keeper’s house and grounds at this scenic Maine lighthouse managed by a preservation group dedicated to upkeep of the site.

Hendricks Head Lighthouse in Southport, Maine

Hendricks Head Lighthouse​

42 Light House Lane,
Southport, ME 04576

Perched dramatically on a rocky coastal headland, the stately Hendricks Head Lighthouse has warned mariners of danger since 1829. Visitors can take in the sweeping views of the Sheepscot River from this picturesque Maine lighthouse.

Marshall Point Light in St. George, Maine

Marshall Point Lighthouse

Marshall Point Road,
Port Clyde, ME 04855

The scenic Marshall Point Lighthouse has guided ships into Maine’s Muscongus Bay since 1832. Visitors can tour the museum inside and walk out to the tower for incredible ocean views at this iconic and unique Maine lighthouse.

Owls Head Light in Owls Head, Maine

Owls Head Light

186 Lighthouse Road,
Owls Head, ME 04854

Standing guard over Rockland Harbor since 1825, the picturesque Owls Head Light offers breathtaking ocean views of Penobscot Bay. Visitors can admire this historic Maine lighthouse from the seaside Owls Head State Park just steps away.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

3115 Bristol Road,
New Harbor, ME 04554

Perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is one of Maine’s most photographed lighthouses. Visitors can tour the lighthouse tower and explore the surrounding park’s rocky scenic coastline and tidal pools.

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

1000 Shore Road,
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Standing tall above the rocky Maine coast since 1791, the renowned Portland Head Light is one of America’s oldest lighthouses. The most photographed lighthouse in Maine, visitors can explore the lighthouse  museum to learn about its long maritime history.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse on the border of New Hampshire & Maine to the entrance of Kittery, ME & Portsmouth Harbor

Portsmouth Harbor Light

 25 Wentworth Road,
New Castle, NH 03854

Located in New Castle, NH on the Piscataqua River between the border of NH & Maine, Portsmouth Harbor Light stands as a historic beacon since 1771. Overlooking Portsmouth Harbor & Kittery ME, it offers rich maritime tales and panoramic views of the surrounding coast.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland, Maine

Rockland Breakwater Light

Samoset Road,
Rockland, ME 04841

Jutting out nearly a mile on a man-made breakwater into Rockland Harbor, the Rockland Breakwater Light has warned ships since 1902. Visitors can walk out along the granite breakwater to admire  views of the harbor & lighthouse up close.

Spring Point Ledge Light in South Portland, Maine

Spring Point Ledge Light

2 Fort Road,
South Portland, ME 04106

Guiding ships into Portland Harbor since 1897, the scenic Spring Point Breakwater Light sits perched at the end of a granite breakwater. Visitors can walk out to admire this classic lighthouse while taking in sweeping views of Portland Harbor.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine

West Quoddy Head Light

973 S Lubec Road,
Lubec, ME 04652

Sitting on the easternmost point in the continental US, the striking red and white striped West Quoddy Head Light has warned mariners since 1808. Visitors can tour one of Maine’s tallest lighthouses for amazing coastal views.


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