Planning a Maine Coast Lighthouse sight-seeing vacation? There are a number of lighthouses near the Kennebunks worth seeing, including Maine’s oldest lighthouse, the Portland Head Light.
Maine is known for its scenic coastline, dotted here and there with historic and iconic lighthouses. If you’re on the Maine coast, you’re near a lighthouse – and the Kennebunks are no exception. It’s one of the more common attractions we’re asked about!
Luckily, there are seven lighthouses near the Kennebunks, all within an hour (or much less) of our Maine Coast B&B!
Lighthouses Near the Kennebunks
Goat Island Lighthouse
The only lighthouse located within the Kennebunks, the Goat Island Light is on an island in Cape Porpoise Harbor, that can be seen from the Cape Porpoise Pier. During summer high tide, the Goat Island Light can be reached by boat. Though a private residence, the keepers, when home, are often gracious enough to provide a tour. Learn more at: www.kporttrust.org
Wood Island Lighthouse
The Wood Island Light is an active lighthouse on the southern coast of Maine, in Saco Bay. The Wood Island Light has the distinction of being Maine’s second oldest lighthouse, after the Portland Head Light. Transportation to and tours of the light tower and keeper’s house are available during July and August: woodislandlighthouse.org
Also known as the Cape Neddick Light, Nubble Lighthouse is one of the most famous lighthouses near the Kennebunks – they even sent a picture of it into space aboard Voyager II! An active light (and thus closed to the public) located on a small, rocky island at the end of Nubble point, about a half hour south of the Kennebunks, the Nubble Lighthouse is viewed by an estimated half-million people a year. nubblelight.org
Boon Island Lighthouse
Six miles offshore on a barren rock island in York Harbor, the Boon Island Light can be seen up to 21 miles at sea. For coastal visitors, the Boon Island Light can be viewed on clear days from York Harbor Beach … or Sohier Park during your Nubble Lighthouse visit. Erected in 1811, Boon Island Light remains active today. www.newenglandlighthouses.net/boon-island.html
Cape Elizabeth Light at Two Lights State Park
Two Lights State Park is so named for the twin lighthouses along the rocky headland overlooking Casco Bay. Built in 1828, the eastern light is still active, an automated lighthouse visible up to 17 miles out at sea. The western light was decommissioned in 1924 and is now a private residence. While neither is open to the public, they’re still easily viewed and well worth a visit: www.maine.gov
Portland Head Light
Maine’s oldest lighthouse, the Portland Head Light was commissioned by none other than President George Washington in 1791! Located in Fort William Park, Portland Head Light is a functioning, now fully automated, lighthouse. The Museum at Portland Head Light has been established in the former lightkeepers’ quarters and contains a number of interpretative displays. www.portlandheadlight.com
Maine’s southern-most lighthouse, Whaleback Light is located on a rocky outcrop offshore, south of Wood Island in Kittery. A historic, 50-foot high, granite lighthouse built in 1872, it is still active, wathching over the mouth of the Piscataqua River between New Castle, New Hampshire and Kittery. Not open to the public, the Whaleback Light tower can be seen from many spots along the shore. www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org
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