Maine is known as "The Lighthouse State" for good reasons. By the turn of the 20th century, at least 70 lighthouses guarded its craggy seacoast, its deepest rivers and even one lake. A mariner could sail up and down the coast and always have a lighthouse in sight. Sixty-five of these beacons still stand. There are more lighthouses here than in any other states but Michigan and New York, and more coastal lighthouses than anywhere in the nation! Maine is a great place to see the distinctive towers and explore their rich history.
Interested in visiting a historical Maine landmark or taking your family on a lighthouse tour? We 6 of these of these wonderful lighthouses very close. Come explore.
Cape Neddick (York), Maine - From Wells-Ogunquit Resort Motel, go south on US Rt. 1 through the towns of Wells and Ogunquit. Turn left onto 1-A and go through the town of York Beach past the York's Wild Kingdom. Go to Stop sign and turn left and then right onto Nubble Rd. which is marked with a small Nubble Light sign. Follow Nubble Rd. to park entrance and Sohier Park Rd. Drive to road's end and scenic overlook with ample free parking. The park has a welcome station and public restrooms (8am to 8pm). On a clear day the Isles of Shoals Light can be seen to the south and Boon Island about 7 miles to the east.
Kittery, Maine- From the Wells-Ogunquit Resort Motel, go south on US Rt. 1 to Kittery. Turn left onto 103 Walker Street. Turn left onto Wentworth Ave. Turn right at Whipple Rd. and pass the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, onto connecting Pepperell Rd. and pass Fort McClary State Memorial onto Tenney Hill Rd. About 2/10 miles past 103's intersection with Haley and Hoyt's Rd. (post office on the northeast corner), bear right onto Chauncey Creek Rd. Turn right at Gerrish Island Lane and cross over a concrete bridge then bear right at Pocahontas Rd. to park entrance.
|Goat Island Light,
Cape Porpoise, Maine- From Wells-Ogunquit Resort Motel, go north on US Rt. 1 and 1/8 of a mile and turn right onto Rt. 9 through the center of Kennebunkport. Turn right at the stop sign then take your first left. Follow this road for about 2 ¼ miles which will bring you to the center of Cape Porpoise. Rt. 9 will then turn left, but keep going straight and continue for 6/10 mile to its end at the town wharf. Off-road parking is available next to the wharf.
|Wood Island Light,
Biddeford Pool, Maine- From Wells-Ogunquit Resort Motel, follow the directions to Goat Island/ Cape Porpoise until the center of Cape Porpoise, instead of going straight, turn left and stay on Rt. 9 for about 7 miles. Turn off Rt.9 onto 208 (Bridge Rd.). At a "T" intersection turn left. Continue on 208 through Biddeford Pool to the point where the road makes a right turn along the shore. Just before the turn there is a closed vehicular gate (on the left) with an opening for foot traffic onto a well-marked pathway, the walk to the inlet's shoreline is about 1/3 mile. The first part of the walk is uphill past a golf course; then it levels off for easy walking. Off-road parking is permitted at the gate and westward along the road's north apron.
|Portland Head Light,
Cape Elizabeth, Maine- From Wells-Ogunquit Resort Motel, take the Maine Turnpike (Interstate 95) to Exit 44 (formally 6a) Interstate 295. Get off at the Waterfront exit and stay to the left and take Danforth St. Go through 3-4 lights until you see State St. then take right onto the Casco Bay Bridge. Go to the end of road and trun left onto Broadway, go to 2nd stop light and turn right* and then bear left at next light. Ram Island Ledge Light is just off shore of Portland Head Light, and on clear days you can see 6 area lights. *You can also see the South Portland lights by staying on Broadway to the end. Turn left to see Portland Breakwater Light or right and then left at the end of the road to Spring Point Light.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine- Follow directions to Portland Head Light and go past the entrance or left on the way out, and follow Shore Rd. to Rt. 77 Go South to Two Lights Rd. on the left.
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