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Headlight Lighthouse Cape Elizabeth

Headlight Lighthouse Cape Elizabeth

1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 04107
Category: Attractions
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Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth

Situated along the picturesque shores of Fort Williams Park, Portland Head Light is the oldest and most famous lighthouse in Maine. Built in 1791, its white conical tower and red roof keeper's house continue to shine like a beacon against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. This historic site features a museum with interpretive displays and a gift shop featuring local art and Maine related goods for sale.



  • Memorial Day to October 31 - Open Daily, 10am to 4pm
  • Mid-April to Memorial Day - Weekends Only, 10am to 4pm
  • November to mid-December - Weekends Only, 10am to 4pm


  • Adults - $2.00
  • Children (6-18) - $1.00
  • Children under 6 - Free


  • Beach to Beacon 10k
  • Engine One Labor Day Art Show
  • Memorial Day Parade and Service
  • Family Fun Day


  • Tours
  • Art Shows
  • Gift Shop
  • Photography

Fort Williams Park

Fort Williams is one of the most cherished sites of Cape Elizabeth. The ninety acre park is home to the most historic lighthouse in Maine - Portland Head Light. The park offers great opportunities for hiking, picnicking, touring, sports and recreation, and stunning ocean views.


Parking is available adjacent to Portland Head Light, but is limited so come early. There are two handicap parking spaces, several spaces for passenger vehicles and a drop off area for bus and trolley passengers.


  • Can I tour the lighthouse?

    The museum is open for tours from mid-April through mid-December and can be entered for a small fee. The lighthouse is only open on Open Lighthouse Day in September.
  • Is there a gift shop where I can buy souvenirs?

    The museum gift shop is open at the same times as the museum and offers unique souvenirs. To check out what is available for purchase, go to http://www.portlandheadlight.com/itemsforsale.html.

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