Why You Need to Check Out Hendricks Head Lighthouse

Are you looking for one of the best lighthouses near Boothbay, Maine? If so, look no further! Hendricks Head Lighthouse is just 5-miles from our inn and the heart of Boothbay Harbor. Although the lighthouse and grounds aren’t open to the public, this Southport, ME, icon is easily recognizable from a variety of vantage points in and around Boothbay. The next time you stay with us, keep an eye out for the Hendricks Head Lighthouse when you go to the beach, take a harbor tour, or spend a day exploring the area!

Visiting the Hendricks Head Lighthouse is just one of many great things to do in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Request a copy of our FREE five-day itinerary for our best recommendations – restaurants, attractions, and more – all packed into five incredible days of exploring the Boothbay Region!

3 Reasons You Need to Check Out The Hendricks Head Lighthouse

Built in 1829, the Hendricks Head Lighthouse has been an important landmark of our shoreline for nearly 200 years. During this time, it has been the center of sensational stories, fierce storms, and beautiful restorations. When you visit the area, make time to find views of this wonderful lighthouse!  

1. It’s the Perfect Way to Enhance a Beach Day

One of the best ways to sneak a peek at the Hendricks Head Lighthouse is by spending a day at Hendricks Head Beach! After a scenic 15-minute drive from Boothbay, you’ll find this small beach on Southport Island. The beach features exceptional views of the lighthouse, offering the perfect backdrop to a day by the sea.

2. It’s a Visible Landmark to Look for on Harbor Cruises

No trip to Boothbay Harbor is complete without at least one afternoon spent on the water. Many of the popular wildlife watching cruises navigate near the lighthouse. When you take a harbor cruise (or two!) during you stay, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot the Hendricks Head Lighthouse from the water. 

3. It’s Filled With Historic Lore

Before you visit Boothbay Harbor, take a moment to read about the myth and legend that swirls around Hendricks Head Lighthouse. Although many will argue the validity of the tales, there are two stories, one from 1875 and the other from 1931, that continue to be retold with much debate today. One involves the rescue of an infant by a lighthouse keeper during a fierce March blizzard. The other is a shadowy tale about Maine’s Lady Ghost of the Dusk.

Visit Boothbay Harbor and Stay with Us!

Looking for the Hendricks Head Lighthouse is just one of many great things to do on a Boothbay Harbor, ME, vacation! Ensure that you’re lodging is a peaceful haven in the center of it all by staying at Topside Inn. Our 3-acre property is a short 5-minute walk from the heart of town and the harbor, but its hilltop location provides spectacular views and a calm and quiet atmosphere to enjoy.

Our inn offers comfortable, coastal chic accommodations in three unique homes and cottages that overlook the harbor. When you stay with us, you’ll enjoy an incredible breakfast each morning, as well as a variety of other modern amenities. Learn more about getaways to Topside Inn today. Then, contact us! We’d love to help you plan a memorable coastal Maine vacation!

Find out more about great things to do in Boothbay by requesting a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide! It has great recommendations of things to do like visiting the Hendricks Head Lighthouse and other nearby attractions!

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