The Best Lighthouses to Visit on the Maine Coast

The Best Lighthouses to Visit on the Maine Coast

Portland Head Light
The Portland Head Light is located in Cape Elizabeth at the entrance to the shipping channel that leads into Portland Harbor. Built in 1791, it’s the state’s oldest lighthouse. It still functions and is maintained by the US Coast Guard. The lighthouse keeper’s home has been converted into a maritime museum and is part of Fort Williams Park.

Monhegan Island Light
Monhegan Island Light has sat perched at the top of Lighthouse Hill near Port Clyde since 1824. The 38-foot stone tower was replaced with a 30-foot granite tower in 1850. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it still operates and is maintained by the Coast Guard. It houses the Monhegan Museum with exhibits detailing local history.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse sits perched precariously on a cliff overlooking the sea in Acadia National Park in Bass Harbor within Tremont. It was erected in 1858 on a stone foundation 56 feet above the mean water level. This lighthouse is accessible from Route 102A. The Tremont Historical Society provides tours.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
The red and white peppermint striped Quoddy Head Light is located in the Bay of Fundy, the easternmost point in the United States. It was built in 1808, and the original tower was replaced in 1853. It is maintained by the Maine Department of Parks and Land. An interpretative center is open to the public in the keeper’s house. The lighthouse tower itself is closed.

Spring Point Ledge Light
Located next to Southern Maine Community College, the Spring Point Ledge Light is open to the public. This lighthouse was built in 1897 and electrified in 1934. A breakwater built in 1951 connects it to the mainland. It’s been a popular tourist attraction since 1999.

Seguin Island Lighthouse
Located on scenic Seguin Island, this historic lighthouse was first erected in 1795 and replaced in 1857. Today the Fresnel lens and 1,000-watt electrical bulb can be seen for 20 nautical miles. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and open to the public.

About the author: Adrianna is a guest contributor from Grey Havens Inn, a Maine Coast bed and breakfast and wedding venue located in Georgetown.

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