Looking for things to do during your next visit to Ogunquit, Maine? A lighthouse tour is a great way to end a romantic date night and Southern Maine is filled with so many beautiful guardians of the coast, from the Portland Head Maine Lighthouse to the Nubble Maine Lighthouse and more.
With so many to choose from, we’ve narrowed down our top recommendations of must-see sites. Keep reading to learn the scoop on our top five favorite lighthouses to visit in Southern Maine.
Portland Head Maine Light
The oldest lighthouse in Maine and the most photographed in the entire country, this light is located along the breathtaking shores of Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Park is open year-round from dawn to dusk with lots to do for visitors apart from taking in the historic structure. Popular activities include hiking, picnicking and of course, photography.
Nubble Maine Light
Formerly known as the Knubble Lighthouse, this beacon has been around since 1879 with the goal of protecting our men and women on the sea. Similar to Portland Head Maine Light, there’s also a park from which you can view Nubble Light called the Sohier Park. Make a day trip out of it to enjoy the facilities including scuba diving and fishing.
Nubble Light is also well-known as a popular wedding destination in the area.
Goat Island Light
This iconic lighthouse is located around 30 minutes away from the Footbridge Motel in the town of Kennebunkport. During the summer, you can visit by boat or view the lighthouse from the end of the pier. Plus, if you’re lucky, the lighthouse keepers might give you a personal tour if they aren’t too busy!
This impressive 75-foot tower can be seen from a number of spots on shore, including Fort Foster in Kittery, Fort Constitution, Fort Star and Great Island Common in New Castle, NH and Odiorne Point in Rye, NH. The structure was originally built in 1830 but had to be redone in 1872 due to poor workmanship.
If you’re planning to visit Southern Maine, we recommend viewing the Whaleback Light from Kittery so you can swing by the Outlets on your way back!
More formally known as the Portland Breakwater Light, this lighthouse is the furthest away from Ogunquit, but it’s worth the drive. At only 26-feet tall, Bug Light is so-called because of its small size.
Bug Light Park is home to the elegant lighthouse where visitors can enjoy a day of picnicking, boating and kite-flying when the weather is nice.
Now that you know the top five lighthouses to visit in Southern Maine, there’s just two things left to do: pack your camera and book your accommodations! We would love to host you at the Footbridge Beach Motel, conveniently located near to Ogunquit’s many attractions including restaurants, shops, golf, fishing, sea kayaking and hiking.
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