With more than five dozen lighthouses along Maine’s 3,500 miles of coastline, there are many ways to enjoy exploring and visiting these distinctive beacons — from spending a night in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage to kayaking along the coast to capturing a breathtaking photograph.
Lighthouses provide a glimpse into our maritime history; several of Maine’s lighthouses are over 200 years old and guided tours provide an in-depth peek into our past — with thrilling tales of lighthouse keepers’ courageous way of life.
A specialty cruise is another spectacular way to see many lighthouses from the vantage point they were designed for — the sea. These tours are offered aboard ferries, historic windjammers or even by kayak. Or enjoy the freedom of traveling by car and make a day of it — pack a picnic lunch full of Maine-made goodies or grab a bite to eat at one of the many lobster shacks, cafés and restaurants that dot the coast.
Maine has several lighthouses that are not typically open to the public. On Open Lighthouse Day in September, many of these iconic beacons welcome visitors for one day only, so be sure to mark your calendars!
Featured here are Maine’s lighthouses that are open to the public and accessible by land or boat.
Greater Portland & Casco Bay
Some of Maine’s most popular lighthouses are located on Casco Bay and near the historic seaport of Portland, Maine’s largest city. Portland is the gateway to the Bay’s many islands and surrounding coastal communities. This region is known for its award winning cuisine, the Old Port’s lively shopping district, and diverse arts and entertainment options.
Scenic bays, craggy peninsulas and sparkling offshore islands surround Midcoast Maine’s fishing villages, seaside resorts and bustling harbor towns. This region is rich with Maine’s maritime past, and there are endless options for adventure — from biking to sea kayaking, but leave time to enjoy great dining and the thriving arts community.
Downeast & Acadia
Downeast Maine is filled with natural wonders — from Acadia National Park to the peaceful woods of Grand Lake Stream. Enjoy myriad lighthouses, shopping and dining on the freshest seafood imaginable. This region also offers a medley of lodging options, from cozy B&B’s to luxurious resorts.