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. You can find 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 nearby.
There are so many unique attractions for you to see throughout Boothbay Harbor. We encourage you to enjoy some of our favorites during your stay. Take a tour of Maine’s lighthouses, indulge in fresh seafood at local restaurants, or choose from a variety of other options. Request your free Vacation Guide to see some of our top recommendations. It’s full of useful information on great places to visit and things to do during your stay.
The Top 6 Maine Lighthouses to See Soon
Ram Island Lighthouse
Ram Island Lighthouse, not to be confused with Ram Island Ledge Light, is another example to check out in Boothbay Harbor. From our 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 appreciate its appearance and historical significance in nautical safety.
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. You can even see it right 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.
Hendricks Head Lighthouse
Be sure to check out the Hendricks Head Lighthouse in Southport, too. This structure originally 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 although it’s not open to the public, you can still get nice views from Boothbay. Feel free to spend an afternoon at Hendricks Head Beach for a good vantage point and fun experience.
There are actually two lighthouses you can see directly from Topside Inn. The second is 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 the area.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
One of the most popular Maine lighthouses is Pemaquid Point in Bristol, an easy drive from our inn. This landmark is listed on 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.
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.
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 bed and breakfast in Boothbay Harbor has everything you need for a memorable stay, including comfortable guest rooms, top-notch amenities, and a delicious three-course breakfast each morning. We even offer 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 brand new guest room offers spectacular views of Burnt Island Lighthouse, right from your window. Step inside this private suite and enjoy a luxurious king-size bed, comfortable sitting area, and ensuite bathroom. You can even lounge outside on your own deck while looking out into the harbor. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation full of sights and activities, look no further than Topside Inn in Boothbay Harbor. Check our availability and book your stay soon.