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Apr

Visit a Lighthouse

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Maine has 65 lighthouses. If you can only visit one, we suggest Portland Headlight. This lighthouse is in a beautiful park setting with amazing views of the ocean and the city. Kids will love to explore the remnants of old forts that are on the grounds. Located in Fort Williams State Park in Cape Elizabeth, it is considered the “Granddaddy of all lighthouses,” and is one of the most visited and photographed lighthouses in the world. It was commissioned by George Washington and first lit in 1791. There is an onsite museum and ample parking. Portland Headlight was selected to appear in a Forever postage stamp series called New England Coastal Lighthouses. The stamp was issued July 13, 2013.

Other’s nearby include:

Bug Light in South Portland, earning its nickname when people thought it was cute as a bug.

Two Lights, in Cape Elizabeth is the site of two lighthouses. There is a fixed light in the east tower and a revolving light in the west one.

Spring Point Ledge Light, marks the dangerous ledge along the main shipping channel into Portland Harbor. It has the “sparkplug” style.

Nubble Light at Cape Neddick in York Harbor, sits atop a large rock island (nub of land), a few hundred feet off shore.

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