Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Westview Park, Massachusetts
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Many east coast travelers tour the lighthouses of New England, and the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in Southern Portland is a unique, out-of-the-way example that shouldn’t be missed. This little lighthouse, built in 1897, is located in a tranquil spot that’s perfect for wandering, watching the sailboats and fishing. On summer weekends, the volunteer staff gives tours for a small fee – be sure to wear good lace-up shoes, because the rocks are uneven and there are metal ladders used to access various levels of the lighthouse. It’s worth the effort though, because the view from the upper deck is delightful. Families visiting Portland should take an hour to stop by the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse.
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May be difficult to find and park - get good directions online and pick a time to visit when the area may be less crowded.
Address: Westview Park, Massachusetts| Map
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Price: Admission: $5 More Info
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Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is much smaller than what most tourists might imagine a Maine lighthouse to look like, so make sure you are aware of this to avoid disappointment. We visited in winter at a time when tours weren't available, so unfortunately we didn't get to go inside or speak to a docent. However, we did enjoy some pretty spectacular waterfront scenery! The lighthouse itself is charming and quite photogenic. It's definitely worth a stop, but if you're not planning on doing a full tour, expect a short waterfront stroll.
Tips for Families
Call ahead to arrange a tour with a lighthouse docent for the full experience. Before you visit, go to http://www.springpointlight.org/ for a complete history of the lighthouse and a PDF map of all the lighthouses in Casco Bay. You can definitely visit 2-4 in the same day. In my opinion, if you can only get to one, visit Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, which is not only larger and more well-known, but is also located in a park with picnic and outdoor recreation facilities. However, some visitors disagree with me, saying that Spring Point Ledge has more character. See my review of Portland Head Light for a post lighthouse-hopping lunch recommendation.
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