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Maine Open Lighthouse Day at Portland Head Light


Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse located in Cape Elizabeth, a short drive from Portland. It is among the most photographed lighthouses in the country and is the oldest one in our state. If you plan on going to visit a lighthouse I highly recommend Portland Head Light, as its the quintessential New England lighthouse.

After you snap some photos of the famous lighthouse, you can visit the museum in the former keeper's quarters and explore the adjacent Fort Williams Park. Follow along the park's pathways beside the ocean and make sure you grab a lobster roll or gelato from one of the nearby food trucks.

The tower is open for the public only once a year in September with limited access on Maine Open Lighthouse Day. The tickets are handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis so when we picked up our tickets around 8 am they told us the next available time for two people would be at 11 am.


With a pit stop at a nearby cafe we satisfied our hunger and killed some time at Omi's Coffee Shop. Pictured below are my pumpkin spiced latte and breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, cheese, spinach, and honey Sriracha sauce on an English muffin. You can never go wrong with a breakfast sandwich at Omi's!

After we fueled up with breakfast we made our way back to Portland Head Light for our appointment. I was a bit stressed out that we would miss our time slot so I hurriedly parked in the overflow parking lot and briskly walked over to the lighthouse. There was no way I was missing this opportunity!


I'm so glad we went over early to get our tickets as a sign we passed on our way to the lighthouse said they were all taken, I wasn't surprised! The top of the lighthouse offers one of the best views around and was a great experience. I can now proudly say that I stood at the top of one of the world's most iconic lighthouses.


Did you visit a lighthouse for #MaineOpenLighthouseDay.

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