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Fort Williams Park Vacation Packages (Flight + Hotel)
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New England’s iconic lighthouses are much revered and photographed. Visit this park to see one that symbolizes the Down East image.

Fort Williams Park with Portland Head Light on a craggy shore is definitely worth seeing. Gaze at this structure that played a role in defending American independence in the 18th century. The 90-acre (36-hectare) park offers scenic walks for a memorable family outing.

Imagine the early days when the Portland Head Light area was recognized for its strategic importance. Initially, a small group of soldiers was posted to look over the ocean for signs of invasion by British forces. Construction of the light began in 1787 and was completed in 1791. The buildings were extended and the light was raised from 72 feet (22 meters) to 92 feet (28 meters) in 1865.

Listen to the foghorn on days with low visibility and watch the light as it turns. The mechanism has been automated since 1989. Regardless of the weather, the lighthouse’s setting is picturesque.

Visit the museum and gift shop to learn more of its history and pick up a memento to take home. Take a picture of this structure; it’s one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States.

Concern over the park’s fragile ecology prompted residents of Cape Elizabeth to develop protected areas that include places showcasing natural and historic elements of this unique landscape. Walk through these areas featuring wild flowers, birds and amphibians. The children’s garden invites climbing, exploration and discovery in a natural playground, complete with a tree fort lookout.

Two gun batteries were built here in the early 1900s but became obsolete by World War I. A submarine net was controlled at one of the fortifications during World War II to guard Portland’s harbor.

Be amazed to discover the shell of a mansion in the park that was used just one year as a home. Goddard Mansion was built for a local businessman who briefly served as an army colonel in the Civil War.

Drive south from Portland to Cape Elizabeth to get here. Visit Fort Williams Park from sunrise to sunset year-round. Entrance and parking are free. The lighthouse museum opens at varied times and has an admission fee.

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The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $122 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Located in Downtown Portland, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Portland Museum of Art, Cross Insurance Arena, and Victoria Mansion. University of ...

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"Location was great. Dogs stay free. Nice hotel with friendly staff. Parking at garage next door is convenient. Overall would highly recommend."…"

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The Westin Portland Harborview
Well maintained family home that sleeps up to 8 guests comfortably. Book 2020 today!
Well maintained family home that sleeps up to 8 guests comfortably. Book 2020 today!
Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Situated in Cape Elizabeth, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Williams Park and Portland Head Light. Willard Beach and Southern Maine Community ...

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6 Point Road is Directly on the Rocky Coast of Cape Elizabeth. This Luxury Maine Rental in Completel
6 Point Road is Directly on the Rocky Coast of Cape Elizabeth. This Luxury Maine Rental in Completel
Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Fort Williams Park and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Portland Head Light. Willard Beach and Southern Maine ...

6 Point Road is Directly on the Rocky Coast of Cape Elizabeth. This Luxury Maine Rental in Completel
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The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $122 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
The Westin Portland Harborview
Well maintained family home that sleeps up to 8 guests comfortably. Book 2020 today!
Well maintained family home that sleeps up to 8 guests comfortably. Book 2020 today!
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Well maintained family home that sleeps up to 8 guests comfortably. Book 2020 today!
6 Point Road is Directly on the Rocky Coast of Cape Elizabeth. This Luxury Maine Rental in Completel
6 Point Road is Directly on the Rocky Coast of Cape Elizabeth. This Luxury Maine Rental in Completel
Cape Elizabeth, ME
6 Point Road is Directly on the Rocky Coast of Cape Elizabeth. This Luxury Maine Rental in Completel
AC Hotel by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront, ME
AC Hotel by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront, ME
3.5 out of 5
158 Fore St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $125 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
AC Hotel by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront, ME
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
3 out of 5
65 Commercial St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $118 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
  BEACH HOUSE   10' from the Ocean!
BEACH HOUSE 10' from the Ocean!
South Portland, ME
BEACH HOUSE 10' from the Ocean!
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
20 Milk Street, Portland, ME
The price is CA $177 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
Portland Harbor Hotel
Portland Harbor Hotel
4 out of 5
468 Fore Street, Portland, ME
The price is CA $161 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Portland Harbor Hotel
New South Portland Cottage, 10 Minutes to Downtown, Great for Entertaining
New South Portland Cottage, 10 Minutes to Downtown, Great for Entertaining
Cape Elizabeth, ME
New South Portland Cottage, 10 Minutes to Downtown, Great for Entertaining
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.