When you think of Maine, what comes to mind? Do you picture creamy clam chowder and fresh lobster? What about majestic windjammers? For many, it’s Maine’s historic lighthouses that bring back memories. There are more than 60 beacons in the Lighthouse State, and each has a unique story to tell! Whether accessible on land or best seen by boat, we know which Maine lighthouses are worth the trip. Here are some of our favorites.
Top 5 Maine Lighthouses to See Soon
1. Nubble Light
Built in 1879, the Nubble Light in York is an absolute must-see. It’s one of the last lights in Maine to still have its fresnel lens and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Nubble is also one of the most famous lighthouses in the country, attracting photographers and visitors to its timeless beauty. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy spectacular views of the lighthouse as well as local wildlife like herring gulls, sunfish, and harbor seals.
2. Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
If you’re planning a trip to Acadia National Park, be sure to check out the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. This light stands 56 feet above mean high water and is accessible by car. Feel free to explore the grounds and follow a walking path down to an oceanside observation area with panoramic views. You can also call the Tremont Historical Society at (207) 244-9753 to inquire about lighthouse tours.
3. Monhegan Light
Monhegan Light is situated on Monhegan Island, a small, rocky plantation about ten miles off the coast. The island is accessible via ferry and is known for its fishing and lobstering. While you can’t go up inside the light, the site offers a superb view of the harbor, Manana Island, and the mainland. Visitors are welcome to visit the Monhegan Museum of Art and History located inside the lighthouse.
4. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
One of the most popular Maine lighthouses is Pemaquid Point in Bristol. This landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the most photographed lighthouse in the state. A $2 admission ticket grants you access to the lighthouse as well as the Fisherman’s Museum. You can climb the tower, snap a few photos, and learn about local maritime history. Don’t forget to visit the Pemaquid Art Gallery!
Local Tip: We recommend stopping by Pemaquid Beach while you’re in the area. It’s one of the cleanest beaches on the coast of Maine and boasts white sugar sand and beautiful clear water.
5. Burnt Island Light
Did you know that Burnt Island Light is the second oldest surviving lighthouse in the state? This light lies at the western entrance to Boothbay Harbor, just 12 minutes from our inn. The lighthouse’s living history museum is a great place to learn about keeper Joseph Muise and what his life was like on the island.
Book Your Stay at Topside Inn
When it’s time to book your lodging in Maine, look no further than the Topside Inn. Our bed and breakfast in Boothbay Harbor has everything you need for a memorable stay, including comfortable guest rooms, fine amenities, and a delicious three-course breakfast each morning. We even offer a fabulous Schooner Sail special where you can admire Maine’s beautiful lighthouses up close! We can’t wait to hear about your experience.
For more fun things to do in Maine, plan your visit with our Five-Day Vacation Itinerary!