Since the 1700s, virtually every stretch of Maine’s coastline has offered protection to passing ships. Often lighthouse keepers would keep their light burning even at their own peril. Fortunately, the days of the manned lighthouse are all but gone. Now, these protective beacons shine on through automation, alerting boaters of the danger that lies in wait should they come too close.
These distinctive buildings hold a special place in the heart of those who visit The Maine Beaches. One, in particular, Cape Neddick’s Nubble Light, is considered to be the most widely photographed lighthouse in the world.
Each of our lighthouses is visible from land (weather permitting). Boon Island is a stretch, but you can see it from the crest of Mount Agamenticus. We invite you to find ways to get up close, perhaps by boat or sea kayak.
Take an even closer look on Maine Open Lighthouse Day—celebrated statewide every year on the second Saturday of September. This particular day offers visitors to our coast the opportunity to explore more and learn about the vital role the lighthouses have played throughout our state’s history. Several Maine Beaches area lighthouses will be available for a visit, including Goat Island Lighthouse and Wood Island Lighthouse.
Want to expand your Maine lighthouse tour? Visit neighboring Portland’s stately Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Spring Point Ledge Light, and tiny Bug Light.