Look out across the Atlantic Ocean from Portland’s iconic white lighthouse, which has presided over the southern Maine coastline since the 18th century.
Discover Maine at its most postcard-perfect at Portland Head Light. The lighthouse, which has overlooked Portland Harbor and Casco Bay for more than two centuries, blends fascinating history with stunning vistas. The classic white lighthouse, accompanied by a sprawling home, is a favorite subject for photographers. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this photo-worthy sight.
Watch waves crashing into the rocky shoreline at the Portland Head Light, located in Cape Elizabeth. The rocks on its promontory appear to be petrified wood, although they are actually unique formations of quartzite and phyllite that have accumulated in alternating layers.
Portland Head Light stands at the entrance of the shipping channel into Casco Bay. It was commissioned by the first government of the United States and has guided ships through the channel since it was built in 1791. Observe boats of all sizes, from sailboats to ships, as they float through the waterway.
Although the lighthouse tower is not open to the public, you have several ways to learn about Portland Head Light. Find out more about the lighthouse in the Museum at Portland Head Light, located within the former Keepers' Quarters. Browse through a variety of exhibits featuring lighthouse lenses and interpretive displays. In the seasonal gift shop, purchase Maine-related souvenirs and lighthouse memorabilia.
Today, Portland Head Light sits within the surroundings of Fort Williams Park. Explore more than 90 acres (36 hectares) of stunning coastal wilderness. Enjoy a picnic, take a hike along the cliffside loop or discover the rocky beach. It offers outdoor recreation for all seasons, from flying kites near the ocean to snowshoeing along the park’s many paths.
Visit Fort Williams Park throughout the year, from sunrise to sunset. Although there is no admission fee, donations are appreciated. Explore the Museum at Portland Head Light daily from Memorial Day through the end of October. Pay your admission fee at the entry gate. Plenty of parking is available within the park.