When you think about a visit to Maine, I’m pretty sure that an iconic picture of a lighthouse is somewhere in the mix.
I’m sharing more about the best lighthouses to see during your visit to Portland, Maine.
Portland Head Lighthouse
12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME
As the oldest and most iconic and photographed lighthouse in Maine, Portland Head Lighthouse didn’t disappoint.
The first time that I saw the Portland Head Lighthouse was by boat during the Harbor Lights and Sights Cruise.
I loved being able to see the lighthouse from the vantage point of the water. (For the best value, try the Land and Sea Combo Tours.)
During the tour we saw several lighthouses in the area and civil war area forts. This tour is a great overview of the area for both the beautiful scenery and interesting history.
Portland Head Lighthouse is located within Fort Williams Park offering hiking, and incredible picnic views of the ocean. Other points of interest are the Battery Keyes, arboretum, Goddard Mansion, the cliffside loop, and Battery Blair.
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
2 Fort Rd, South Portland, ME
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is located near Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.
The lighthouse dates back to 1897 and is the only caisson-style light station in the U.S. that visitors can walk to.
I first noticed this lighthouse during our scenic cruise and I immediately wanted to go there once I saw people walking on the break wall.
Half the fun of visiting this lighthouse is choosing which rocks you will step on to get to the end of the break wall. It’s like a giant walking puzzle path.
The reward is a 360-view once you reach the lighthouse.
I also have to note that I saw a fox roaming the college campus which was also a rare treat for me to see.
Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse
Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse was built in 1905 to prevent shipwrecks on the reef. This granite lighthouse is privately owned and easiest to see by boat.
We noticed Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse in the distance during our scenic boat tour. You can also see the lighthouse in the distance from Fort Williams Park.
Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse
15 2 Lights Terrace, Cape Elizabeth, ME
I saw this lighthouse from afar while dining at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights.
Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse is privately owned and the grounds are not open to the public so you will have to enjoy this view while you dine.
Enjoy a Meal at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME
The lobster roll is fantastic and so is the view at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights.
There is plenty of outdoor seating with ocean views. If it is chilly during your visit, there is indoor dining as well.
During our visit, we ordered two Lobster Roll Boats and Lobster stew. This restaurant is typically open seasonally in May until late October so plan accordingly.
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Bug Light)
S Portland Greenbelt Pathway, South Portland, ME
“Bug Light” is the smallest lighthouse to visit while you are in the area, but it’s still worth visiting. Built in 1875, the style of the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is inspired and reminiscent of a Greek monument.
You’ll notice all of the details upon closer inspection.
While you are at the park you can enjoy another perspective of Portland.
You can also learn more about its history as the site of major shipbuilding activity during WWII.
38 Congress St, Portland, ME
This isn’t technically a lighthouse but I still think that it’s worth mentioning, since it’ the only remaining historic maritime signal station in the United States.
The 86-foot octagonal tower was constructed in 1807 to give Captain Lemuel Moody a competitive edge to shipowners who wanted to be alerted when their ships were arriving in the harbor.
This was a major advantage because Captain Moody could identify incoming vessels as far away as 30 miles vs. waiting until the ships were almost in harbor as they rounded the land near Spring Point Ledge.
Check the Portland Observatory website for upcoming tours.
Are You Ready to Plan a Visit to Maine?
Fall is a very popular season to visit Maine, but it’s beautiful in the spring and summer as well.