People give hundreds of reasons to visit the Maine coast but one of the more popular is: lighthouses! Maine has plenty of these iconic structures and Kennebunkport is no exception. If you’re interested in visiting one or more of the many Kennebunkport lighthouses in the area, read on!
There’s nothing quite like a lighthouse to perk up a coastline. Even the most beautiful stretch of beach looks that much better with a tall light towering over it. That’s certainly true of Kennebunkport area lighthouses, anyway. Taking a lighthouse tour is an awesome experience. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss it – but even lighthouses closed to the public are fascinating, photogenic, and so worth the time to visit.
There are seven lighthouses within easy reach of the Kennebunks, including Maine’s oldest lighthouse, the Portland Head Light. Follow along below as we outline several Kennebunkport area lighthouses.
WOOD ISLAND LIGHT – Biddeford Pool (207) 200-4552 – A tour to Wood Island Lighthouse is run by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse, an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The lighthouse is located off the coast of Biddeford Maine and tours leave from Vine’s Landing in Biddeford Pool. The guided tour takes about 1 1/2 hours and is subject to Mother Nature and her weather and sea conditions. The tower is open to those who wish to make the climb to the top. The tower received a set of double handrails in 2008, making the journey to the top safe for lighthouse guests.
TWO LIGHTS STATE PARK – located on Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is a popular point of destination for Maine residents and the many visitors who enjoy the state’s rocky coast, named for two nearby lighthouses called the Cape Elizabeth Lights. Opened in 1961, the park spans 41 acres (170,000 m2) of rocky headlands and includes one of the Cape Elizabeth Lights (the Eastern light, still active), the remains of a World War II-era seacoast battery bunker, and a fire control tower. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic.
PORTLAND HEAD LIGHTHOUSE – Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light (pictured above). Situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, at 1000 Shore Road, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Museum at Portland Head Light is contained within the former Keepers’ Quarters. The award winning Museum contains a number of lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays.
OWLS HEAD LIGHTHOUSE – Active aid to navigation. The lighthouse and keeper’s house are licensed to the American Lighthouse Foundation. The lighthouse tower is cared for by a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights.
NUBBLE LIGHTHOUSE – In 1874 President Rutherford B. Hayes appropriated the sum of $15,000 to build a lighthouse on this “Nub” of land. On July 1, 1879 construction was completed on what, at the time, was known as the Knubble Lighthouse with a 4th order light began to protect our men and women on the sea. The men and women serving in the Lighthouse Service were the first guardians who provided great care for the light and its surrounding buildings.
MARSHALL POINT – Prominently seated on the rocky point at the entrance to the harbor of the fishing village of Port Clyde, Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum offers visitors and engaging look at the local history, beauty and wonder of mid-coast Maine. Take a step back in time as you walk through the door of the museum and learn about the history of the lighthouse, the village of Port Clyde and lobstering in Saint George. Take home a memento of your trip from the gift shop, offering a wide assortment of souvenirs, handmade local art and books written by local authors.
GOAT ISLAND LIGHT – Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport (207) 205-2362 – Step aboard the Porpus for a comfortable cruise down the Kennebunk River, past Walker’s Point, to the pristine island of Cape Porpoise. Your captain will guide you ashore Goat Island and present the history of the 150 year old light and keeper’s house. In addition to your tour, climb the circular stairs to the tower for the ultimate lighthouse experience. Spend time absorbing tranquil island life and enjoying the best views in town.
Kennebunkport Area Nature Preserves
KENNEBUNKPORT CONSERVATION TRUST – features acres and acres of pristine woods with numerous trails for hiking and biking. (We love bringing the dogs there and letting them run free!)
THE RESERVE AT LAUDHOLM PARK – The Wells Reserve manages 2,250 acres of coastal habitat in concert with its partners and is involved throughout southern Maine. The Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells (207) 646-1555.
RACHEL CARSON WILDLIFE PRESERVE – established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve, Wells (207) 646-2678.