When you think of Maine, what comes to mind? Do you picture creamy clam chowder and fresh, buttery lobster? What about majestic windjammers? For many, it’s Maine’s historic lighthouses. You can find more than 60 of these beacons in the Lighthouse State, and each one has a unique story to tell. Whether accessible on land or best seen by boat, we know which Maine lighthouses are worth the trip. Check out our favorites below and begin your tour of these remarkable, towering symbols of Maine’s seafaring history. As you journey to each one, enjoy more hidden treasures and attractions along the way with the help of our free Vacation Guide! We included a list of the best restaurants, historic sites, and local events to help you enjoy the full Midcoast Maine experience.
Discover the Top 6 Maine Lighthouses Near Boothbay Harbor
1. Ram Island Lighthouse
Ram Island Lighthouse, not to be confused with Ram Island Ledge Light, is an excellent option to check out in Boothbay Harbor. During your stay at Topside Inn, we encourage you to enjoy a scenic drive to Ocean Point for a view. Here, you can get a good look at this lighthouse built in 1883. While it’s not open to the public, you can still marvel at its appearance and historical significance in nautical safety. And, at sunset, you can enjoy a view of several lighthouses in the distance at once!
2. Burnt Island Light
Did you know that Burnt Island Light is the second oldest surviving lighthouse in the state? This beacon lies at the western entrance to Boothbay Harbor, just 12 minutes away from our inn. You can see it directly from our property! The lighthouse’s Living Lighthouse program is a great chance to learn about keeper Joseph Muise and what his life was like on the island. Feel free to visit by taking a cruise or kayaking there by yourself.
3. Hendricks Head Lighthouse
Be sure to check out the Hendricks Head Lighthouse in Southport, too. The original structure dates back to 1829, although it underwent significant reconstruction in 1875. Hendricks Head effectively guided boats along the Sheepscot River up to Wiscasset Harbor for several years. It even utilized a warning bell for treacherous weather conditions. You can immediately notice its unique square frame, and, while it’s not open to the public, you can still enjoy fantastic views from Boothbay. We recommend spending an afternoon at Hendricks Head Beach for a good vantage point and a fun experience.
4. Cuckolds Lighthouse
There are actually two lighthouses you can see directly from Topside Inn. In addition to Burnt Island Light, there is also Cuckolds Lighthouse, also known as Cuckolds Light Station. This landmark dates back to the late 19th century. It was initially constructed to save boaters from crashing into the ledges by the entrance to Boothbay Harbor. Today, you can still admire its beauty and see the flashing white light, welcoming visitors to our area.
5. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
One of the most popular Maine lighthouses near Boothbay Harbor is Pemaquid Point in Bristol, an easy drive from our inn. This extraordinary building is in the National Register of Historic Places and is the most photographed lighthouse in the state. A $3 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, too. It’s conveniently located in Lighthouse Park, offering a charming spot to explore original artwork from talented local artists.
Local Tip: We highly 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.
6. Monhegan Light
Monhegan Light is situated on Monhegan Island, a small, rocky plantation about ten miles off the coast. Although it has been reconstructed, its days of guiding ships through the waters go back to 1824. The island is accessible via ferry from Boothbay Harbor and is known for its fishing and lobstering. While you can’t go up inside the tower, 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.
Book Your Stay at Topside Inn to See Them All
When it’s time to book your lodging in Maine, look no further than the Topside Inn. Our coastal bed and breakfast in Boothbay Harbor has everything you need, and more, for a memorable stay. We gladly offer comfortable guest rooms with original artwork, top-notch amenities, and a delicious three-course breakfast each morning from local ingredients. We even have a Schooner Sail special where you can admire Maine’s beautiful lighthouses up close!
To get the most from your trip, consider Room 8 at Topside Inn. This private suite offers spectacular views of Burnt Island Lighthouse, right from your window. Step inside and enjoy a luxurious king-size bed, a comfortable sitting area, and an ensuite bathroom. You can even lounge outside on your own deck while gazing out at the harbor. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation full of sights and activities, Topside Inn in Boothbay Harbor is the perfect choice. And, we’d love to have you! Check our availability and book your stay!