There are many iconic things about the state of Maine. We’re famous for our rocky New England shoreline, our quaint fishing villages and, of course, our delicious lobster. Another big thing that comes to mind when people picture Maine is one of the many lighthouses that dot the state’s coast. Each of the lighthouses in Maine is a classic in its own way, and each is definitely worth a visit if you have the time.
Lighthouses in Maine
There are so many lighthouses in Maine that it would be almost impossible to see them all in one trip. We’ve narrowed the selection to lights closest to Dockside Guest Quarters in York, ME. These lighthouses in Maine are all located between York Harbor and Portland.
Cape Neddick Lighthouse
The closest of the lighthouses in Maine to our property is Cape Neddick Lighthouse, which is located here in York. Also known as Nubble Light, it was built on Nubble Island, just off of Cape Neddick in 1879. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Boon Island Light
Boon Island Light is located, as its name suggests, on Boon Island off the southern coast of Maine. It isn’t too far away from Cape Neddick. It is the tallest lighthouse in Maine and the rest of New England, standing at 133 feet. While Boon Island Light is not open for tours, it is possible to see the tower by boat.
Goat Island Light
Located off of Cape Porpoise near Kennebunkport, Goat Island Light dates back to 1835. It was built to guard the entrance of Cape Porpoise Harbor. Goat Island is currently closed to the public, but the tower and house are easy to spot from the shores of Cape Porpoise or by boat.
Wood Island Lighthouse
One of the lighthouses in Maine that is still active, Wood Island Light is located in Saco Bay. The tower stands at just 47 feet tall, but the light is 71 feet above the water. It is the second oldest lighthouse in the state after the Portland Head Light and seasonal tours are offered by the Friends of Wood Island lighthouse.
Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse and Cape Elizabeth West Lighthouse
Together, the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse and the Cape Elizabeth West Lighthouse are simply known as the Cape Elizabeth Lights, or Two Lights. The western tower is no longer active and is privately owned, but the eastern tower is active and is called the Cape Elizabeth Light. The lighthouse facility is located adjacent to Two Lights State Park, where visitors can view the lights and access the grounds.
Portland Head Light
The Portland Head Light is located on Cape Elizabeth at the entrance of the primary channel into Portland Harbor. It is the oldest of all the lighthouses in Maine, as it was completed in 1791. After being adjusted several times, the lighthouse stands at 80 feet above the ground and 101 feet above the sea.
Where to Stay When Visiting Lighthouses in Maine
When you are planning a trip to see some of these iconic lighthouses in Maine, be sure you book your stay at Dockside Guest Quarters. Our guest accommodations offer classic New England style and supreme comfort. You’ll enjoy amenities like luxurious bedding, private bathrooms, and many rooms have water views and decks. Our York, Maine bed and breakfast is the perfect place to call your home-away-from-home while you explore the coastline and its lighthouses. And for fine dining, our Restaurant offers delicious dishes without the pretense of many establishments. We use the freshest, local ingredients possible in our dishes, so you can look forward to amazing flavors. At Dockside Guest Quarters, you’ll get the complete seaside New England experience. We can’t wait to see you soon!