Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107| Map |
Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light. Situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, at 1000 Shore Road, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Museum at Portland Head Light is contained within the former Keepers' Quarters. The award winning Museum contains a number of lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays.
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We visited Portland Head Light in winter. Adjacent Fort Williams Park offers spectacular views of the ocean and the rocky, jagged Maine coastline as well as picnic, hiking, historic buildings, and various outdoor recreation areas. An on-site museum and gift shop are open seasonally; call ahead for availability. Even though the weather was extremely cold and windy during our visit, we still thoroughly enjoyed the fresh ocean air and the quaint beauty of the lighthouse. It is open from dawn until dusk 7 days per week year-round and offers some of the best and most recognizable landmark photo opportunities in Maine.
Tips for Families
In warm weather, pack a picnic and bring a Frisbee, ball, or other recreational items to enjoy a beautiful afternoon by the sea. If you decide to go lighthouse-hopping, check out the much smaller but still interesting Breakwater and Spring Point Ledge Lighthouses in South Portland as well as the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York. We visited all of them in addition to Portland Head Light in the same day.
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If you'd rather hit a restaurant for lunch than pack a picnic, check out the very casual Duckfat on Middle Street in Portland - hand-cut Belgian style French fries fried in duck fat, house-made soups, salads, panini, soda, charcuterie, and specialty condiments, and the best milkshakes in the city.
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